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How Long Does a Cruise Control Switch Last?

Cruise Control Switch

The cruise control switch is mounted on the steering wheel of your vehicle and is intended to make driving less strenuous. Once you choose a speed, you can depress the cruise control switch, and your vehicle will stay at that speed after you take your foot off of the accelerator pedal. This will allow your foot, leg, and overall body to be more comfortable as you drive. Furthermore, it will help you maintain a consistent speed while going down the highway.

The cruise control will stay set until you step on the brake pedal or clutch pedal, which cancels the cruise control system. You can speed up to pass another vehicle, but you will return to the previous speed once you let off the accelerator. The cruise control switch has a few different buttons on it such as the cancel, resume, accel (accelerate), and decel (decelerate) buttons.

As time goes on, the cruise control switch can wear out or become damaged. This could be due to an electrical issue or because it simply has worn out. Either way, it is a good idea to have the professional mechanics diagnose the problem. They will be able to replace the cruise control switch, and repair any other issues your cruise control may have. If the cruise control switch is not working properly, none of the buttons may work either.

Since the cruise control switch can wear down or become damaged over time, it is a good idea to recognize the symptoms that indicate your switch may need to be replaced in the near future.

Signs that indicate your cruise control switch need to be replaced include:

  • Cruise Control Light comes on
  • The cruise control will not stay set at a certain speed or will not set at all
  • The brake lights do not light up
  • None of the buttons on the steering wheel work

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, book a service with a mechanic. The cruise control feature on your vehicle will make for a more comfortable drive when you are going long distances, so have it repaired before your next road trip. In addition, if your brake lights are not working, it needs to be replaced immediately as this is a safety hazard.

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