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Old 11-08-2010, 07:44 PM   #1
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Steering Column question/what is this?

I am working on my motor home which is on a 2000 Ford F53 (stripped chassis) which I am told is the same as the F450 Super Duty. It has the V-10 Triton. I have been trying to track down an intermittent problem with my cruise control. I won't go into all the situations but just to say that sometimes it works fine sometimes it doesn't. I decided to track down all the wiring and switches in the steering column since I am convinced it is a short of some type.
Well, I got most of the column apart but couldn't get the cover off the top because the ignition switch is holding it and I can't figure out how to get it off. This area did produce a good suspect for my short. When I lifted the cover up a little I could see a plastic contact which was behind the cover on top of the ignition switch. This was connected to a black wire leading back to the center of the column. I believe it is some kind of ground but it doesn't seem to fit very tight or may be broken. I am going to try and attach some photos of this part and see if anybody can help me with it.
I have also decided to pull the steering wheel and clean or replace the spinning contact switch behind the wheel. I am going to see if I can borrow a puller from Auto Zone. Any hints or warnings when pulling the steering wheel? I would hate to crack the cast aluminum frame.
Thanks in advance for your time and help.

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Old 11-08-2010, 11:23 PM   #2
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That does look like an electrical contact, but no idea what it is for. I would suggest locating a chassis wiring diagram to try to identify what circuit it is for.
Not sure if your vehicle is affected by the Ford cruise control recall, possibly could be related if the recall has not been completed yet. I found my '97 F53 has not had the recall done yet by signing up on the Ford Lincoln Mercury owner site.
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Old 11-09-2010, 12:14 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum... and great job on the photos.

Sorry but can't help you with identification. Sounds like you're doing the right things.

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Old 11-09-2010, 07:43 AM   #4
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My guess would be the horn contact.
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On the Ford recall, the only thing they do is go under the hood and install an inline fuse in one of the wire bundles. At least that's all they did to mine.

I'll look at my column later today and see if I can locate that switch. Was it attached to the column and if so where?
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Your F53 Ford Chassis Wiring diagram is available here also if you desire a complete wiring diagram for the Motor Home unit is also available at this location.
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The question is where was that unidentified contact located? Was it right over the ignition switch? If so it is the contact that rings the buzzer if you leave the key in the ignition. It may not be actually used in your application.
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Wizard, What I was referring to is the known issue of the faulty cruise control deactivation switch. Regardless of wether corrosion on the that switch is causing the OP's intermittent concern with the cruise control or not, the owner should check to make sure the recall has been completed. It does affect 1995 to 2002 F53 chassis, and may cause a fire at any time.
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I agree John, had mine done as soon as kit was available. I failed to connect cruise control and recall in the op's original post.
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