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Old 08-20-2007, 08:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Cruise Control Died, Where to Start?

For some time the wipers would run when I pushed on the cruise control handle; now cruise control has just stopped working. What would be the sequence to trouble shoot this issue?

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Well since the wipers would come on when you turned on the CC I would guess you have a short or broken wire in the steering column.
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Makes sense. Mine is an airbagged model; Bentley's doesn't cover removing that type steering column though.
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Makes sense. Mine is an airbagged model; Bentley's doesn't cover removing that type steering column though.
You don't have to remove the whole column, just the covers so you can get at the switch and wires.
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Ok, if anyone knows how to do so it would be appreciated. I printed out the parts diagram and I cannot see how to get to the screws and bolts that hold on these covers...
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You have to take the steering wheel off.
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And thus back to my original question about how to correctly remove the steering wheel on an airbagged model...
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Remove the screws from behind the wheel, carfully remove the air bag. Then take off the main nut.
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Gotcha. Thanks.
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That took one minute once I knew where to look. The airbag computer is not in the car; I had a small wreck a few years back and did not have it reinstalled. What chance is there of the bag blowing? I was thinking of putting in a non-airbag steering wheel while I am at it.
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