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2004 Chevy Cavalier Cruise Control Problem

I bought this car second-hand 8 months ago, with 46,000 miles. It now has 66,000 miles. Since the day I bought it, the cruise control will engage and immediately drops off. I reset again and again and after about 15 minutes of this dropping off and me resetting, the cruise control will stay set. Sometimes it may still drop off after 10-20 minutes, but sometimes stays set for up to an hour. (I have not been on a long trip). I have checked all of the tail lights, signal lights, etc to make sure that was not the problem. Any idea what I can check next?

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  • ehollenbeck1 Oct 07, 2008

    I have had the same issue, but also i can't believe this. I was cruising at 40 mph and the car was going faster!!!! and i used the brake to slow down the car. It did only for a few mins...then started to speed up again. I was going to be going 55 mph. I shut the cruise off. and started it all over again. When I came to a stop at the stop sign, but car just wanted to keep going! I put the car in Nutral and the engine was still reved up!!! It scared me so I am going to read the owners manual again. I have only had the car 2 mons.... And think about calling a garage and ask.

  • waitsunlight May 15, 2009

    My car won't start the cruise at all. I turn it on and wait for the gas pedal to stick under my foot but it never grabs. When I push the button all the way over, it accelerates but then drops back down. I'm so frustrated! 

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    while on hwy, traveling at 75mph in cruise control, engine power reduced warning appeared and car lost all power. would not re-start for about 20 minutes and then about 70 miles later, warning again, able to pull over before car lost power. shut off manually and the car did restart immediately



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Here are two switches that are the usual causes of the cruise kicking out. they are both under the dash. One is the switch for the brake lamps (stop light switch). the other is for the clutch if you have a manual transmission.

if you follow the brake pedal up under the dash you'll find two switches at the top of the pedal. (it may be one switch but I think its two). the top one would be for the cruise control. if the switch is loose it will cause the cruise control to think you're stepping on the brake and that will disengage the cruise control

same with the clutch pedal if you have a manual transmission; if the switch is loose it will indicate you are pushing the clutch pedal in and cause the cruise to kick out

other than that you'll have to check all of the connectors. If it does engage then the fuses and actuators should be good and it would be a loose connector or switch that's kicking it out

also, i assume your speedometer works; if its not then that's your problem as the cruise won't engage under 30 mph

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Hey guys

Be sure to check the accelerator cable. Mine became frayed at the gas pedal causing the throttle to stick open on my 2004 cavalier.

70,000 miles, part was dealer only, $29.00 2 week wait!

My clutch cylinder went dry mysteriously. No sign of visible leaks. Car is still shifting fine but I'd like to know where the fluid went??? Please e-mail with sugestions

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SOURCE: 2004 acura Tl cruise control wont engage

This is a problem you will to take to a shop, If you are mechanically inclined I can help you, but if not I would not mess with it, it could be the button or it could be the controller and could even just be a fuse, check the fuse and if you don't find the fuse blown then let me know if you have a volt meter and what to test this yourself. You are going to be working around the air bag too and if you probe the wrong wire while testing you could break your arm or leg by deploying the air bag by accident. Or your neck.

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SOURCE: cruise control will not engage

pull the plastic cover off the top of the engine and check where the cable from the cruise control connects by the throttle body. There is a plastic connector that might be broken. i had the same problem and a piece of tape fixed it for me but you can replace the part if your picky.

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I press the control switch on my 1999 Jeep cherokee. the cruise light doesn't come on and the cruise does not engage. Please offer a solution.

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SOURCE: 2005 Sport Trac Cruise Control does not engage

If you can please look under the hood and find the Air filter, and follow that all the way to a round metal part (Throttle body) If you can see it there will be a coil,and on that coid will extrude a curved plate with a cable(throttle cable) attached to it running all the way back inward toward the back of the engine, and next to that there should be a second cable (crusie control cable). This cable is pulled on when you engage the cruise control, by a black box next to the fuse box.
If the Cruise control cable is near by try to reattach it and if it is damaged then have your dealership or some one mechanically inclinded to replace the tip ( if plastic) or replace the cable.
If that didnt help please get back to me

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If the cruise lamp comes on and the cruise does not set i would advise inspecting the cruise cable and make certain it is not broken, if ok the the servo has likely failed.

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