Re: Installing a factory accessory cruise kit
I installed a genuine Ford kit on a 2000 3.0L Ranger. The comic strip instructions were a joke. The following may help but keep in mind that mine was a different year and there could be detail differences compared to yours.
Hopefully, the kit you're using is designed to be installed on a 2006 and for the same engine as yours (cables are usually different between the 3 engines).
The first thing to do is to find out is whether your truck is prewired for cruise. Go out under the hood on the passenger side behind the windshield washer reservoir and look for a long flat unused electrical connector. It might have 8 or 10 wires or something like that. If it is there, the installation is easier.
The servo/controller mounts via a slot and one bolt behind the reservoir and the connector plugs in. The cruise cable is routed from the servo to the throttle body and snaps into the bracket and onto the cable. Assuming that your truck is prewired, the rest of the wiring should be in place all the way to the base of the steering column.
The most difficult part for my swap was changing out the clockspring assembly. In the years that I've owned, the clockspring was different for trucks with cruise because there are a couple of extra conductors added to the flexible ribbon coiled in the cassette. I'm not sure if Ford still made cruise and non-cruise clocksprings in 2006 but I'd bet that they did for cost reasons.
Swapping clockspring assemblies requires removing the airbag, then the steering wheel with a 2-jaw puller and then removing the clockspring. Be sure that the front wheels are pointing straight ahead before disassembly so the clockspring will be "timed" correctly to the steering.
To get the clockspring harness swapped, you have to pull the ignition lock cylinder by turning the key and then depressing a plunger in a hole under the column. There is a small "key sense" brass and plastic wiper in the ignition switch that must be swapped along with the clockspring harness and the cylinder has to be out before that can happen. Be careful because it is quite fragile. To swap the harness, you may also need to temporarily unscrew the PATS transceiver module near the ignition switch.
The rest of it is pretty straightforward even with the stupid instructions.
Very important - don't forget to pull the negative battery cable before starting the installation.
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