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Cruise Control Switch Replacement Cost

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The average cost for a cruise control switch replacement is between $145 and $161. Labor costs are estimated between $59 and $75 while parts are priced at $86. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
Note about price: The cost of this service or repair can vary by location, your vehicle's make and model, and even your engine type. Related repairs may also be needed. Talk with a RepairPal Certified shop to learn which repairs might be right for you.

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What is a Cruise Control Switch?

The cruise control feature on a vehicle may be controlled by buttons on the steering wheel, steering column, or even on the instrument panel, next to the steering column. No matter where the cruise control switch is located, it will always create the same issue when it goes bad.

How does the Cruise Control Switch work?

Pressing the buttons on the cruise control switch adjusts the vehicle's speed by increasing or decreasing engine speed until the vehicle speed sensor recognizes the intended speed has been met. In some vehicles, the brakes will be applied for slowing operations as well. Cruise control is computer controlled, so pressing any of the buttons will simply send a signal to the powertrain control module, and cause the computer to take the appropriate action. When cruise control is turned off, the control module deactivates cruise control, and manual acceleration and speed control is is returned to the driver.

What are the symptoms of a bad Cruise Control Switch?

The cruise control switch can cause complete failure of the cruise control feature, but in a lucky scenario only partial functionality will be lost. This means that the cruise control may come on, but that it will not increase in speed automatically, or the cancel button does not work leading the driver to cancel cruise control with the foot brake. In some vehicles, the cruise control light may illuminate, or a warning message may be displayed due to lack of functionality.

Can I drive with a bad Cruise Control Switch?

Failure of a stand-alone cruise control switch does not constitute an emergency, and driving the vehicle presents no danger. Keep in mind, however, that when the cruise control switch is integrated into a multifunction switch with the windshield wipers, turns signals, or other needed safety items, this switch may cause those items to fail as well. In this case it is important to inspect the operation of all items integrated into that switch before driving until the switch can be repaired or replaced.

How often do Cruise Control Switches need replacement?

Switches fail randomly, so predicting the failure of a cruise control switch is basically impossible. Generally speaking, the less a switch is used, the longer its life should be, but most switches are made from plastic which heats and contracts daily, and becomes brittle with time. To prevent any unnecessary replacement of the cruise control switch, the best advice is only to apply as much force as is required to actuate the buttons or lever.

How are Cruise Control Switch issues diagnosed?

Cruise control switches will be diagnosed by checking for proper functionality, inspecting the fuse, and testing the circuit for continuity. A lack of continuity across the cruise control switch will indicate the switch has failed, especially when the wire being tested corresponds to a feature that does not function. Note, the technician will verify beforehand that the switch is receiving power at the correct voltage before checking for signal coming from the switch. The basic idea is that proper input to the switch should yield proper output, otherwise the switch is faulty.

How are Cruise Control Switches replaced?

Replacing the cruise control switch can be very simple, even on models with steering wheel mounted controls. The switch will be removed from its housing with plastic pry tools, or the housing will be removed from around the switch by removing the trim retaining screws and clips. Once the switch is exposed, any remaining fasteners and electrical connectors can be removed. The new switch can be installed right after the electrical connectors are inspected for damage or debris. Finally, the trim panels can be reinstalled, if they were removed at all.

RepairPal Recommendations for Cruise Control Switch issues

Checking your fuses first is always recommended when it comes to electronics. All too often an electrical component is replaced only to find it still does not function. This is because without a good fuse, the system will not receive power.

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

Some makes and models use a brake light switch with two circuits. One for the brake lights, and the other to cancel the cruise control settings. If the circuit for the brake light switch has failed, the cruise control warning light may illuminate, so testing the switch is necessary before purchasing a replacement. If the airbag light is on, plus the cruise control switch on the steering wheel is not functioning, the first suspected component, after fuses, will be the clock spring, a.k.a. SIR coil behind the steering wheel. Testing the functionality of the horn and other steering wheel controls, as well as scanning for the airbag trouble code, may point this direction.

Can I replace the Cruise Control Switch myself?

For cruise control switches mounted on the steering wheel, great care should be taken not to damage the airbag assembly while performing this repair, otherwise this job should not be a problem at all. It may become frustrating dealing with the covers for the steering column if the cruise control switch is mounted on the side of the steering column, but even that process can be simple as long as patience is exercised.

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