The U shaped connecter for the Cruise Control cable on my wife's '05 Taurus keeps popping off of the plastic post on the throttle control. It happens about once a month.
As you can see here, the connector is off, but the plastic bracket that has been known to break is completely intact.
As some of you may know, once the cruise control cable comes off the throttle control, the Taurus tends to accelerate by itself. Tapping the accelerator stops the acceleration.
Nothing appears to be broken, but obviously something is out of whack.
I have found that when the connector is off, there is a couple of inches of play in the cruise control cable. In other words, I can slide it in and out of the cable sleeve a couple of inches. I don't know if that is normal or not.
Once I reattach the connector, the car runs fine, the cruise control works and everything appears to be normal...until the next time the connector pops off. I should add that my wife *never*
uses the cruise control, therefore the connector is popping off during basic accelerator usage.
A single tie-wrap around the connector could be used to prevent it from popping off of the post. However, I don't want to do that if that is going to introduce some kind of unsafe condition related to the accelerator.
I'm looking for opinions on whether permanently attaching the cruise control cable to the throttle control would be a safe thing to do.