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I always use cruise control
This Ford unit does not have a cancel or disengage button
I don't like it because you always have to tap the brake or turn it off to go off cruise
I prefer to coast down off cruise and in the Ranger you can not unless you turn it off completely
I feel the same way. My GF's Toyota has the cancel feature and I so very much prefer that..

I heard about this on ORR or something. People were saying that the Ranger was not effected, just the F150 and new Explorers.

Unfortunately I'd rather leave the truck out-doors than have the recall 'serviced'. Sounds like they just disable your cruise control until they have a solution. Personally I'd leave the truck outside w/ the cruise enabled until they have a replacement..
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I feel the same way. My GF's Toyota has the cancel feature and I so very much prefer that..
You have it made, Colin. Just tap your clutch pedal lightly and it will cancel the speed control but still resume on command.
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The break works too, so it isn't the end of the world. If the lack of cancel switch were my biggest peeve w/ this truck I'd be a very content individual..
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The break works too, so it isn't the end of the world. If the lack of cancel switch were my biggest peeve w/ this truck I'd be a very content individual..
I hear that!
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lol... my stupid switch dont even work...
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well....... yall talking about the scary fire issue...... my asst chiefs house burnt down few weeks ago.... and what was parked under it?? E150... where did the fire start? in the Garage.... take this serious guys... could save your life \ house
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i am taking it serious... im lolin cuz my cruz dont even work
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That may not be true for all Rangers. Many also use the Deactivation Switch as an input to the ABS system, so you may have it even if you don't have cruise. Just look at the front of the master cylinder for a screw-in switch with a 2-wire electrical connector. That's the Deactivation Switch.
Damnit! I thought I was all good until I went out and looked...no cruise, but I have the switch.

Is this it? (where the arrow is pointing)

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Damnit! I thought I was all good until I went out and looked...no cruise, but I have the switch.

Is this it? (where the arrow is pointing)
Yes, that's it.
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*gulp*

my truck is parked on the other side of the street
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hi

better call the dealership today. geezz i might be blowing up today you never know!!!!lol
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.......i love ford and the great consumer awareness for us. it just tickles me
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out of the million or so vehicles that have this part very few have caught fire so the odds are way in our favor so don't worry about it. just wait your turn for the new one. if i want to use the cruise i will.
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if i want to use the cruise i will.
Brave words, from a brave man...

You never get on the highway, so you'll never use the cruise anyway..
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that sucks i use cruise everyday to and from work and its a 60 mile all highway trip and i am to lazy to keep my foot in one place and i use the cruise to keep me from speeding to much and i just hope that i dont go up in flames after reading that.
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that sucks i use cruise everyday to and from work and its a 60 mile all highway trip and i am to lazy to keep my foot in one place and i use the cruise to keep me from speeding to much and i just hope that i dont go up in flames after reading that.
It doesn't matter if you use the cruise or not. The Deactivation Switch has the same failure potential either way.
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You never get on the highway, so you'll never use the cruise anyway..

lol. you know...you're right. nevermind.
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Yeah i heard about this fire thing here. We lost a couple of ours (fords) in the last few weeks and our local news station has done a report or two on it....thank god i dont have cruise or the switch. I love my truck and if it caught fire id be PISSED. Only thing i can add is that the local ford owners here that have lost their trucks have contacted ford to claim their fires and lost trucks have not been contacted back. So take this s*** seriously and get to the STEALERSHIP and get your trucks fixed. Cuz ford and calling any of the locals here back.
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It doesn't matter if you use the cruise or not. The Deactivation Switch has the same failure potential either way.
Yeah, but it sounds like the 'fix' is to disable the cruise control system completely until a fixed switch is available. This means that if you want to participate in Ford's 'fix', you will loose cruise..

..I haven't been notified officially about this. At this point I'm tempted to push my luck and ignore it until I hear a new switch is available. I love my cruise. Cruise and 4WD were the two things my new truck HAD to have!
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Yeah, but it sounds like the 'fix' is to disable the cruise control system completely until a fixed switch is available. This means that if you want to participate in Ford's 'fix', you will loose cruise..

..I haven't been notified officially about this. At this point I'm tempted to push my luck and ignore it until I hear a new switch is available. I love my cruise. Cruise and 4WD were the two things my new truck HAD to have!
A recall for the Ranger Deactivation Switch has not yet been announced but I believe that it is inevitable. Ford has implicitly stated that this type of switch has a problem because they have recalled a similar switch in a similar application on other Ford vehicles. If they fail to recall a part with a known problem, the legal implications are much worse.

I think that the potential for this problem is very low on any particular vehicle and I will continue to drive mine with the cruise operational. But, if I had a truck like the 2002s (and others) with the Deactivation Switch circuit hot all the time, I would not park it in the garage or near the house.
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So the switch is normally closed in our 2003's? That's cool.. I have neither a garage nor a house to park my truck near/in, so my loss in case of fire would be limited to the truck. Not that that wouldn't suck, but.. maybe it is time for a trade?!
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the switch on my 2004 does not look anything like the one posted here
for once the updated wiring plan works in LIL BLUE'S favor, yea!
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So the switch is normally closed in our 2003's? That's cool.. I have neither a garage nor a house to park my truck near/in, so my loss in case of fire would be limited to the truck. Not that that wouldn't suck, but.. maybe it is time for a trade?!
Although it is shown as normally open in the 2002 Wiring Manual, I believe that the Deactivation Switch is NC for all years. I asked at the dealer yesterday and the DS is common across 02~03 and another part number is common across 04~05.

The important difference is in how they're fed. I don't have Wiring Manuals for all years but there is a significant difference between 02 and 03/04. The 02 is fed by an "always hot" fuse and the 03/04 is fed by a "hot with the ignition on" fuse.

So, with the 03~04, you still have the possibility that the switch will become contaminated and cause an internal leak to ground and overheat BUT that possibility should go away with the ignition switch off.
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Er.. Uh, I meant normally open, didn't I!? .. But it's a moot point now as you went above and beyond w/ your reply!
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