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Old 03-03-2013, 02:50 PM   #1
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Cruise contol works intermittent

I am new to the forum, I have a 98 Winnebago adventurer and the cruise control just started acting up. Sometimes it takes right off and works perfect and then I stop and restart and it may start working and it may not work again for a couple hours. Does not seem to have a pattern. The motorhome is on a ford chassis with the 460 gas motor. The MH is in immaculate condition and has 40000 miles I am pretty handy with a wrench but know very little about the cruise control. I live in the Midwest so the MH is in storage for another 30 days but thought I would start asking questions so I have a plan of things to check in the spring.

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Old 03-03-2013, 02:58 PM   #2
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If your cruise control switch is on the turn signal arm, you may want to try a non-flamable contact cleaner spray. Spray the slide and push buttons on the switch, and work them through their cycle ( on / off) you don't need to have the key on , also check the wiring at the base of the steering column for clean connection.
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:03 PM   #3
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It may be vacuum assisted.
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:05 PM   #4
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I would start with the easiest things first. It kinda' sounds like an intermittent electrical circuit issue. I would check to ensure the brake light switch is correctly adjusted and/or not hanging up and activating the stop lights....hence, cancelling the speed control. Next, if you have the Ford steering wheel control switches, I would pull the pad and double check the connections for looseness, dirt, crud, etc. This is a common area for "muddy" connections over time. I would also look at the the scontrol and brake wiring harnesses for loose/frayed connections as a result of someone perhaps tapping into these circuits when wiring a brake controller. Suggest you also do a forum search here and on the web for other tips and info. Certainly, someone else somewhere has encountered this.

Please let us know how you make out....thanks!
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:53 PM   #5
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I had dirty contacts between the steering wheel and the steering column. The cruise would work, then after a stop and restart it may or may not(usually not). Next morning it would be fine until I stopped. The horn didn't always work(my first clue), sometimes after sounding the horn the cruise would start to work again. I pulled the steering wheel and cleaned the contacts and all started working again. Good Luck
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Look at the brake switch under the brake peddle it may need adjusting
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:46 AM   #7
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Look at the brake switch under the brake peddle it may need adjusting
This is what was wrong with my 2003 Fleetwood Bounder. It wasn't off enough to activate the brake lights, but just enough to make the cruise control think you had tapped the brake pedal.
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This is what was wrong with my 2003 Fleetwood Bounder. It wasn't off enough to activate the brake lights, but just enough to make the cruise control think you had tapped the brake pedal.
Thanks for getting back to us. Glad you found an easy solution.
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