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1997 Dodge Caravan - crusie control inoperable

My cruise control went out. Where is the relay located and how do I check the clockspring. I looked all over for the relay but was unable to find any realy labeled for the cruise control.
There is a recall on the clockspring but the dealer wants $100.00 to diagnose and if it is not the clockspring I will get charged for the diagnose.

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  • cameracraig Sep 01, 2008

    The dealer required a $100.00 diagnose fee. If it turned out not to be the clockspring I was out the $100.00.

    As it turned out I had another mechanic diagnose that indeed the clockspring was bad for $40.00. The clockspring was replaced as a recall.

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If there is a recall on the clock spring have the dealer replace it. if the cruise works great... if not you have eliminated a possible cause.

Robert

surprised there is a recall on an 11 year old van... what is the year of that van ?

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