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Old 05-29-2013, 10:31 AM   #1
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Cruise control

Is there a way to tell if my 1991 jeep wrangler has cruise control? I bought it without the lever so I need to buy a new one and I need to find out if I have cruise or not.

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Is there a way to tell if my 1991 jeep wrangler has cruise control? I bought it without the lever so I need to buy a new one and I need to find out if I have cruise or not.
Cruise on the YJ's were hit or miss. It all depends on how the Jeep was ordered. The easiest way to tell if you have crusie is to look under the dash. There is an orange box under the dash to the left of the steering column that is the "brains" of it. If you have the box then you have cruise, no box means no cruise control.

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Thanks. There is no orange box. Also do you know if the brights controls are on the lever? Because my brights are on and I don't think I can turn them off until I buy the lever.
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Yes the brights are controlled by the same lever as the turn signal switch
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Your headlights are controlled by the turn-signal lever on the steering column. If you cannot toggle from bright to dim, it might mean that the dimmer switch needs to be adjusted.

When I had this problem, I first tore into the steering column to fix it. I found that the dimmer switch is actually located on the steering column just under the dash. So I had to spend some quality time puttin the column back together and putting the steering wheel back on.

To adjust the switch, you will need a screwdriver and a 3/32" bit. Loosen the screws holding the dimmer switch to the column. Insert the bit into the adjustment hole to prevent horizontal movement of the switch. Slide the switch toward the steering wheel to remove acuator rod lash. Tighten the screws.

While there, make sure that the WIDE electrical connector is fully plugged together. I found mine a little cocked on one end, so this might have fixed something I didn't even know was happening at the time.

If you have a service manual, you can search for "Headlamp Dimmer Switch Adjustment."
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I have a 1994 2.5L with manual transmission. I decided to add a cruise control to my Jeep for those long highway drives. To me, it is worth every penny I spent on it.

I purchased my unit from The Cruise Control Store (Automobile Cruise Controls Kits System | The Cruise Control Store). However, I could not find it on their web page. I had to call and talk with them directly (800-343-1382). I think I paid around $225 or so for it.

You have options to select from.

First, they may want to sell you disconnect switches for the brake and for the clutch. Realistically, you only need the brake switch. Just remember that if you are driving with the cruise control engaged and need to downshift, tap the brake first. Otherwise, you will experience some serious rev. By only getting the brake switch, you save having to fabricate some kind of bracket for the clutch for the switch to hang off of.

Second, you are not limited to just a push-button control box. I was able to get turn-signal / high-low beam toggle lever that had the cruise control on it. This is a much cleaner install and fairly intuitive when you drive.

Their web page lists a number of "installers." The shop I called said they would install it for $150. I figured that was worth paying to conserve on my cussing inventory. About 2 hours of install time, it was done.

If you happen to live near one of the installer shops listed, give them a call first. They may have just what you need in stock... and since these things are in such high demand, they might be willing to part with them at a discount.

Good luck and happy cruising!
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Where is the dimmer switch? Can you post pictures? I'm not much of a mechanic. I only know real basic stuff.
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I take some photos for you tomorrow and post them.
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Well I have tried taking photos of my steering column to show you what you need to adjust... but have not been successful. When I did the adjustment, I pulled the seats out so I could lay in the floor of the jeep and see what I was doing. I am not as limber as I seem to remember being in my youth. So far, all I have been able to do is get blurry photos of wires and such, or nice clear snapshots of my fingers and hands.

So maybe someone else can assist on this.

Thing is, the turn-signal lever also toggles your low / high beam lights. When you pull back on the lever, it presses a metal rod that goes down through the steering column to the "dimmer switch." This switch is bolted to the steering column. In my case, this switch was loose and had slipped down so the rod would not toggle the high / low beams. I loosened the bolts / screws holding the switch to the steering column and used the drill bit to push the entire switch up where it was snug. After tightening the screws, the switch toggled like it was supposed to work.

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