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Old 03-29-2019, 02:39 PM
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Question Cruise Control on 2011 Ranger not working

I have a 2011 Ranger XLT Extra Cab 4x4 with the 4.0 & auto transmission, and 45,600 miles on it. I hopped in it this morning got up to speed on the highway, tapped the cruise control "on" button & then the "set" button & I got nothing. (It was working just fine 6 days ago when I used it last)

I checked all the fuses that referred to the CC and checked to see if the brake lights were working. The horn works, no codes, no ABS light, back-up lights work....... I tried the "self diagnostic" test that keeps popping up in the google searches, but that didn't work.

I stopped by the Ford dealer and got the standard answer from them..."It will be at least 2 weeks before we can get you in to check it out". (All I wanted was for them to plug in their magic box & tell me what it said, but that was still 2 weeks out)

So, I stop at the the independent auto repair shop and they tinkered, poked & prodded for an hour and didn't come up with anything definitive. Their guess is that the on-off switch on the steering wheel has failed. I went home & ordered a replacement switch.

That said, I am open to reading any ideas you all may have or maybe you've had the same problem & found what had failed?
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Old 03-29-2019, 03:37 PM
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Default Re: Cruise Control on 2011 Ranger not working

Anything that new will show engine codes when things break, that said I also think it’s the button. It won’t show a code for that


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Old 03-29-2019, 04:13 PM
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Default Re: Cruise Control on 2011 Ranger not working

I would look under the hood at the cable and vacuum module to see if it's stuck or unplugged.Check the connection at the throttle body.
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Old 03-30-2019, 10:59 AM
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Default Re: Cruise Control on 2011 Ranger not working

I have the new cruise control buttons & wiring ordered. So the next question is.....does anyone have the directions for removing the air bag from the steering wheel? I thought for sure there'd be a youtube video, but I am not finding anything.
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Old 04-04-2019, 06:07 PM
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Installed the new buttons in the steering wheel a couple of days ago. Still nothing. I spoke with a Ford Service manager in a neighboring town afterwards and he believed that it was probably the cruise deactivation switch that is mounted on the brake pedal. So, I order one of those and installed it this afternoon. Again, no cruise control.

At this point I've done everything I can do, my only option is to let the dealer have the Ranger and spend a boatload of $$ letting thin diagnose & repair the issue,
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Old 04-04-2019, 06:11 PM
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Default Re: Cruise Control on 2011 Ranger not working

Replace the actual control under the hood? Does the light in cluster come on when you set the speed?


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Old 04-04-2019, 06:23 PM
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Default Re: Cruise Control on 2011 Ranger not working

You could just wedge a 2x4 between the seat and the gas pedal...
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Old 04-04-2019, 06:40 PM
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Replace the actual control under the hood? Does the light in cluster come on when you set the speed?


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I have not replaced the actuator, and I do not get a cruise light. The Ford service manual has a "self diagnostic test procedure" to follow. I have tried to run the test a dozen times and I can not get it to work. The manual indicates if you can not enter the test mode or the cruise light does not flash to suspect a problem in the circuitry or with a switch.
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Old 04-13-2019, 09:21 AM
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I made one last attempt at repairing the issue on my own. Based on the Ford Service manual, I should be looking for a bad switch or circuitry issue. So far, I've replaced the switches in the steering wheel, the cruise deactivation switch on the brake pedal and my last attempt a few days ago was to replace the brake light switch on the brake pedal.

I gave in & took it into the Ford Dealer Thursday. After a couple of hours of diagnosing the problem they "think" it is either the actuator or the instrument cluster causing the cruise to not function, and "pretty sure" it is the actuator.

Ford wanted over $500 for the part plus labor to replace it. If it didn't fix the problem, the actuator could not be returned. Since they would be throwing parts at it just like I am, I opted to order a new actuator and install it myself. I order the OEM part from Tasca Parts for $365. I'll know in a few days if the $ was well spent or wasted.
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