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Cruise Control Module Replacement Cost

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The average cost for a Cruise Control Module Replacement is between $318 and $845. Labor costs are estimated between $44 and $89 while parts are priced between $274 and $756. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
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What is a Cruise Control Module?

Modern vehicles with computer controlled cruise control use the cruise control control module to process data pertaining to vehicle speed, cruise control switch function, and user set cruise control settings. This data processing is necessary to maintain a set speed by increasing or decreasing engine speed, and in some cases braking control.

How does the Cruise Control Module work?

As any other control module on a modern vehicle, the cruise control module is a computer dedicated to the task referred to in its name. When the driver selects a set speed, the cruise control module will use inputs from various sensors and control modules around the vehicle, especially the anti lock brake system control module and the vehicle speed sensor, to determine the current speed of the vehicle, how much engine power the vehicle needs to maintain that speed, and when to increase or decrease that engine speed. It will also notice wheel slippage via the wheel speed sensors and ABS control module, and cancel automatically when this slippage is present. Also, the brake system is integrated, as the brake light switch will also signal the cruise control module to cancel cruise control when the brakes are pressed. The user interface, also called the cruise control switch, provides inputs to the cruise control module for temporary operating parameters such as increasing or decreasing vehicle speed, or maintaining a specific distance from the nearest vehicle to the front.

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What are the symptoms of a bad Cruise Control Module?

A faulty cruise control module will simply result in deactivation of cruise control settings. This is because a detected error in the cruise control system could lead to hazardous driving conditions, so the module will be disabled, and the cruise control system warning light will be displayed. This will be a different message depending on make and model, and a warning light or message may be displayed on the driver instrument cluster.

Can I drive with a bad Cruise Control Module?

A faulty cruise control module is no alarming failure, as the cruise control system is an accessory. There is no real risk involved with a faulty cruise control module, and they are manufactured to fail safely. This means that when the module fails, it will no longer have the ability to control vehicle speed since it is deactivated. The entire cruise control system can be repaired at the convenience of the owner.

How often do Cruise Control Modules need replacement?

Cruise control modules are less typical to replace than many mechanical components. Barring contact with liquids or physical damage, the cruise control module is likely to last the lifetime of the vehicle. For all electronic control modules for any vehicle, the service life of the cruise control module can be cust short by unintentional grounding of the battery to the chassis, power distribution center corrosion, or improperly jump starting a vehicle.

How are Cruise Control Module issues diagnosed?

After other components of the cruise control system have been diagnosed as properly functioning, the next cruise control module may be suspected of failure. Diagnosing the cruise control module may require setting with a computerized scanner for some vehicles, or testing of analog voltages to and from the control module. A general way of understanding when a module has failed is when correct inputs do not result in correct outputs.

How are Cruise Control Modules replaced?

Replacing any control module, including the cruise control module, requires removing obstruction components to gain access to the control module. The battery must be disconnected prior to removing electrical connections to the cruise control module, as this will prevent any power surging or unintentional grounding of battery current. Finally, the cruise control module fasteners and mounting brackets will be removed so the new module may be installed. Once reassembled, the cruise control module will receive the latest software updates from the manufacturer, and the system will be tested to prove the repair.

RepairPal Recommendations for Cruise Control Module issues

When a control module is replaced, the latest software updates for the vehicle should be sought to ensure the most reliable operating scenario for the new module, and the rest of the vehicle. This can eliminate future issues, as updates are only issued to eliminate known or potential issues.

What to look out for when dealing with Cruise Control Module issues

The cruise control system may be disabled even if the system is working properly. This may result from an error in the anti lock brake system or the traction control system. A faulty powertrain or transmission control module may be the cause as well, so testing is mandatory prior to deciding to change the cruise control module.

Can I replace the Cruise Control Module myself?

Technicians undergo extensive classroom and hands on training in able to understand the operation and diagnostics of computerized systems on today's modern vehicles. Not only is extensive knowledge required, but diagnostic equipment which is not economical to purchase for the DIYer is likely required to perform the diagnostics and repair of computerized automotive systems. It is not recommended to attempt diagnosis or repair of the cruise control module unless the proper tooling and skills are present.

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