Problems Commonly Encountered with a Ford Explorer Cruise Control Switch
Long drives usually take the fun out of travel. Sometimes, the driver is too tired or too stressed to drive. Problems like this can quickly be solved with the help of cruise control. You can simply set the speed at which your car can go, and everything's fine. It is also a highly sought after piece of machinery which can help when driving at speed-limit restricted freeways. Losing the switch of the cruise control, however, transforms the thing into a useless decoration. Here are a few problems to look out for to avoid this scenario.
A non-responsive switch always triggers a panic attack with some motorists, but this is no reason to panic. You should first check and see what is the problem. This switch is a part of a car's electronics and chances are, the problem is related to that. Check the cruise control fuse, which is located inside the fuse box right under the driver's console. Check for the fuse that is in question, and probe it with a test light. If only one or not one lights up the test light, then you have your problem.
Trouble with the touch
A cruise control on a Ford responds to certain commands given behind a switch found on the steering wheel of a car. It is best not to overlook anything in order to get to the root of the problem. A troubleshoot usually involves looking into the switch and looking to see if everything responds normally. If the control behaves normally like it should, and is operative, then there is nothing wrong. Checking the 'on/off' button, 'accelerate' and 'resume' buttons is a good thing to do.
Defective control switches
There are two important switches on a cruise control and both initiates a specific action of the car. One switch is for the brake. It electrically disengages the brake when pressed. This switch actually is used for automatically pressing the brake at a given time and stopping at a given interval. The next is the clutch switch, which works similarly as the brake switch.
These two being non-responsive usually means something is wrong. Check the fuse and the switches to find out what is the issue with them.