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Are you still having cruise control problems with your Ford?

The NHTSA is still urging owners of affected Ford vehicles to respond to recall notices, saying that several million cars, trucks and SUVs are still a fire risk.

The initial recall occurred September 7, 2005, when the Ford Motor Company announced a massive safety recall on 1994-2002 vehicles to correct a problem that could cause the cruise control deactivation switch to overheat and create an underhood fire. These fires started when owners parked in their garages, sometimes spreading  to their homes. The root of the problem? A leaking pressure switch mounted on the break master cylinder, this pressure sensitive switch deactivates the cruise control after the brakes have been applied.

Their investigations found that brake fluid could leak through the cruise deactivation switch into the cruise system's electrical components and cause corrosion. Corrosion can cause a short and keep the cruise control from working, but in some cases it can lead to a higher flow of current that can overheat and cause a fire at the switch. Expanding the recall, Ford started inspecting the afflicted vehicles to confirm the leaking pressure switch.

If not leaking, a fused harness was employed, preventing a fire if the switch began leaking in the future. So dealerships could either replace the switch or install the harness, often opting for both. With the repair, the updated cruise switch proved effective, preventing leakage and ensuring proper safety.

To repair certain trucks, Ford will install a jumper harness between the cruise control deactivation switch and the cruise mechanism. The harness will act as a circuit breaker and will turn off the current at the switch if the switch becomes shorted.

Ford is still asking customers to take their vehicles to dealerships to have the cruise control deactivated until the repair takes place.

Then in August of 2006,  Ford added 1.2 million more vehicles to the cruise control recall.

Even with the updated announcement, several million vehicles still haven't reported in for the free repairs, despite notification. Consequentially, stories of the cars catching fire still turn up on the news, fires causing damage to vehicles and property alike.

An inexpensive repair kit is available to the general public, so car owners can either bring it to a dealership or repair it themselves. We believe there are plenty of reasons to take a vehicle into the dealership, even if it's inconvenient. Type "Motorcraft SW-6350 Speed Sensor Switch Repair Kit" into Ebay or Amazon, and the kit can arrive at your door. For the novice, this installation is not recommended, but if you know what you're doing, then this fix is better than none.

In 2009 another 4.5 million vehicles were added to the Cruise Control Recall List. To check if your vehicle is involved in the recall, you can click on the following link to check for any open Ford recalls. Reaching out to friends and family by word of mouth or social media will help get the millions of unsafe vehicles repaired, preventing further damage.

Here is an updated list of vehicles effected by the Ford recall:

Trucks

  • 1997-2002 Expedition
  • 1998-2002 Navigator
  • 2002-2003 Blackwood
  • 1993-1996 Bronco
  • 2000-2003 Excursion (built prior to 11/4/02)
  • 1992-2003 Econoline E-150/250/350
  • 1996-2003 Econoline E450
  • 2002-2003 Econoline E550
  • 1998-2002 Ranger
  • 1998-2001 Explorer/Mountaineer
  • 2001-2002 Explorer Sport (2 door) & Sport Trac
  • 2003-2004 F-150 Lightning
  • 1993-2003 F-Series (Under 8500 lb. GVW)
  • 1993-2003 F-Series (over 8500 lb. GVW) – all plants except Cuautitlan
  • 1994-2003 F-Series (over 8500 lb. GVW) – Cuautitlan built only prior to 1/7/03
  • 1995-2002 F-53 Motorhome

Cars

  • 1992-1998 Town Car
  • 1992-1998 Crown Victoria
  • 1992-1998 Grand Marquis
  • 1993-1998 Mark VIII
  • 1993-1995 Taurus SHO (automatic transmission)
  • 1994 Capri

*equipped with speed control. Diesel engine equipped vehicles are excluded from recall

At Eagle Engine Sales, Inc, customer safety is always first and foremost. Keeping up to date with recalls effecting the automotive industry, and passing that information along to our customers is a responsibility we don't take lightly.

Whether its Takata recalling their air bags, or Ford recalling their cruise control switches, the focus of Eagle Engine Sales is clear: we take the safety of our valued customers seriously. If these articles can help even one person prevent a catastrophe, we deem it time well spent, and will continue to provide up-to-date industry information and safety recalls as they appear.

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