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Old 01-13-2006, 07:01   #1 (permalink)
Alex
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1996 Ford Explorer - Cruise Control Trouble

My cruise control stopped working. I turn it on and when I reach my
desired spreed and press the coast button the dashboard cruise control
indicator flashes once. Any idea as what the problem might be?
I read that the 1999 Explorer cruise control has self-test diagnostics.
Does the 1996 have the same feature and is it the same process? Also
the 1999 procedure refers to a "symptom chart" to further diagnose the
problem. Where can I get this "symptom chart".

Thanks for any information.
Alex

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Old 01-13-2006, 22:01   #2 (permalink)
Jim Warman
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Re: 1996 Ford Explorer - Cruise Control Trouble

Your vehicle may fall under the expanded Field Service Action 05S28... this
is the one for the cruise cancel switch mounted on the brake master
cylinder. While there are no guarrantees that this is the concern, checking
with your local dealer *may* indicate that your vehicle is covered and
having the recall performed *may* cure your concern.

Since there is a definite chance that your unit is covered under the FSA AND
your cruise has stopped working, I would NOT delay in exploring this
possibility.


"Alex" <alex.lolis@verizon.net> wrote in message
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> My cruise control stopped working. I turn it on and when I reach my
> desired spreed and press the coast button the dashboard cruise control
> indicator flashes once. Any idea as what the problem might be?
> I read that the 1999 Explorer cruise control has self-test diagnostics.
> Does the 1996 have the same feature and is it the same process? Also
> the 1999 procedure refers to a "symptom chart" to further diagnose the
> problem. Where can I get this "symptom chart".
>
> Thanks for any information.
> Alex
>



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Old 01-17-2006, 13:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 1996 Ford Explorer - Cruise Control Trouble

Jim,

Thank you for your response.

I check with a Ford dealer and I was told that the FSA05s28 did not
include the Explorer. It was for the 1994-2002 F150, 1994-1996
Bronoco, 1997-2002 Expedition and 1998-2002 Navigator.

Now I do not get any dashboard indication when I turn on the cruise
control and press the coast button when I reach the desired speed - a
few days ago the dashboard indicator would flash once when I pressed
the coast button at the desired speed. I realize it could be a number
of things but where is the best place to start. Does the 1996 Explorer
cruise control have self diagnostics like the 1999 Explorer. If it
does, it is the same procedure as the 1999 Explorer?

Thank you for any advise.
Alex

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Old 01-19-2006, 00:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: 1996 Ford Explorer - Cruise Control Trouble

I'm unsure if the two share the same diagnostic procedure.... I do know that
the shop manual (and I'm sorry I can't remember what years may be involved
or if it has been corrected in DVD/CD editions) contain one inappropriate
test step. The one instance I can recall involves a cruise actuator being
diagnosed by another tech in our shop. For scheduling reasons, I was the
"benefactor" of the other techs diagnosis. The actuator didn't cure the
concern and I repeated the pinpoint test and came to the same conclusion. A
quick (well, maybe not as quick as they promise) call to "luke warm" line
revealed the bad direction.

In this case. the symptoms were, as far as I can recall, about the same as
yours and the fix was the switch on the front of the master cylinder. You'll
have to pardon my sloth in not referring to the manuals but my last customer
today was the epitomy of "the customer from hell"....

At the risk of sounding like a whiner, I'd like to recount this just to add
"depth" to the delicate relationship we have between customer. service
adviser and tech. The "subject" is an 04 F550 with a purpose built deck
(power tongs for the oil patch... sorry I wont explain, I've already
hijacked the thread once).. Park light fuse blows immediately. Since this
ubit s still covered under the B to B warranty, my first task is to divorce
the wiring on the deck from the wiring on the truck. Aside from the act that
there is about 500 pounds of ice, mud and snow trapped in the area I must
access, there is no concern. right? Well that lasts right up until the
customer becomes aware that if the concern is in the truck, Ford will foot
the bill including time to access the concern. But, if the concern is in the
deck.....

Anyway, I spent better than an hour getting things so I could at least see
the wiring and ensure that WHEN I get droolled on, it would be sort of
clean, the customer decided to unload on me. What unmitigated gall that I
would suggest that this concern may involve someone other than Ford. Looking
at the deck, it has been in service longer than the truck with abandonned
wiring all over the place... all of it MY fault.

Having enjoyed a few portions of Mr. Seagrams finest product, I felt that I
had an opportunity to add a little window into the life of a tech...

Jab me in the ribs tommorrow and I just might look at the manuals.

Uncalled for boast... my son, turned 18 on Friday the 13th, just qualified
for a mortgage on a home... fairly modest by local standards ($150K+)...
While other Dads are worried about what their kids are up to, I feel
proud...


"Alex" <alex.lolis@verizon.net> wrote in message
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> Jim,
>
> Thank you for your response.
>
> I check with a Ford dealer and I was told that the FSA05s28 did not
> include the Explorer. It was for the 1994-2002 F150, 1994-1996
> Bronoco, 1997-2002 Expedition and 1998-2002 Navigator.
>
> Now I do not get any dashboard indication when I turn on the cruise
> control and press the coast button when I reach the desired speed - a
> few days ago the dashboard indicator would flash once when I pressed
> the coast button at the desired speed. I realize it could be a number
> of things but where is the best place to start. Does the 1996 Explorer
> cruise control have self diagnostics like the 1999 Explorer. If it
> does, it is the same procedure as the 1999 Explorer?
>
> Thank you for any advise.
> Alex
>



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Old 01-20-2006, 06:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: 1996 Ford Explorer - Cruise Control Trouble

Jim,

Thanks again. I will check out the switch by the master cylinder.

Congrats to your son. I am sure you had alot to do with his qualities.

Alex

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