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Old 10-19-2011, 10:15 AM   #1
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Please give me some quick assistance...

This is important as I have the jeep for sale and showing it Saturday & need to know how to proceed and if this is an expensive problem to repair.

I have a cruisecontrol issue.....problem is...the cruise turns on, lights up in the instrument panel but will not engage without pushing the set buttons numerous times in succession. Once it sets, all the other buttons work properly. The cruise will speed up, down, and even resume. The problem is with the initial set of the cruise. It seems like a "on" switch problem but I don't know if you can replace part of the unit or not. Has anyone ever run into this issue, if so what did you do?

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Old 10-19-2011, 10:53 AM   #2
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The link goes nowhere. Funny behavior from the steering wheel buttons is usually related to the clock spring. I have heard that hitting the horn will reset something in there on the JK and resolve some issues; not sure if that works on TJs as well. You ARE going to be working in the vicinity of the airbag if you change the clock spring yourself, so be sure to disconnect the battery and pull the airbag fuse before diving in.

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Old 10-19-2011, 11:21 AM   #3
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This is important as I have the jeep for sale and showing it Saturday & need to know how to proceed and if this is an expensive problem to repair.

I have a cruisecontrol issue.....problem is...the cruise turns on, lights up in the instrument panel but will not engage without pushing the set buttons numerous times in succession. Once it sets, all the other buttons work properly. The cruise will speed up, down, and even resume. The problem is with the initial set of the cruise. It seems like a "on" switch problem but I don't know if you can replace part of the unit or not. Has anyone ever run into this issue, if so what did you do?

My LJ sometimes takes a few times to set....usually pushing a little harder on the button gets it to work... don't use it alot so I really have not played with it much. Probably a crappy contact in the switch, the switches are easy to replace.
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Old 10-19-2011, 01:15 PM   #4
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Like Jeepinmike, I too had to push more than once at times. Got tired of doing that & sprayed electronic contact cleaner (after disconnecting battery). Fixed it first try & dries quickly. Should be able to pick up in auto part store.
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what exactly did you spray electronic contact cleaner on? also, aren't there different kinds of this cleaner..what kind should I use?
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Contact cleaner is essentially alcohol. When you have button problems like this it is probably dirt and grime in combo with vinyl treatment getting on the copper contacts of the switch. Alcohol evaporates and leaves no residue.
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what exactly did you spray electronic contact cleaner on? also, aren't there different kinds of this cleaner..what kind should I use?
I sprayed it in the space between the cruise control button and steering wheel. There are different kinds. I have always used CRC Electrical Contact Cleaner (tip I learned from the Electronics Dept while in the military). Basically, in a nut shell it is a:
Electrical Contact Cleaner
A petroleum distillate/alcohol-based precision cleaner
Quick drying
Leaves no residue
Safe on all plastics
Effectively removes soil and other contaminants from electrical and electronic components
Ideal for applications where lower flashpoint solvents can be used

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