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Old 01-28-2005
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Anyone disconnect their Speed Control?

Hi Folks. I saw a story on our local news (Houston, Texas) last night that mentioned a faulty speed control on certain F-150's and Explorers. (The recall, issued Thursday morning, affects the following vehicles:

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* 2000 model Ford F-150 truck
* 2000 model Ford Expeditions
* 2000 Lincoln Navigators
Some 2001 Ford F-Series Supercrew Trucks
(built through Aug. 7, 2000)

They sure do look a lot like the one on my 2000 Ranger. For the heck of it, I went ahead a disconnected my speed sensor and taped both pieces with electrical tape to keep water from getting in. Gives a whole new meaning to the term " Exploder."
link to story Anyway, everybody be safe and tell your buds in case they have an affected vehicle.

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The recall, issued Thursday morning, affects the following vehicles:

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* 2000 model Ford F-150 truck
* 2000 model Ford Expeditions
* 2000 Lincoln Navigators
Some 2001 Ford F-Series Supercrew Trucks
(built through Aug. 7, 2000)
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I'm not worried. You might be able to just pull a fuse for that. I'll check. You didn't disconnect the sensor, that's on the transmission, but you may have disconnected the ACTUATOR in the engine compartment, yes?

It may look like the same unit, but Ford has MANY vendors producing similar parts. The problem may have even been in the wiring harness and not the actuator itself, or in the controller which is different from our trucks. Note that all of those trucks are built on a fullsize platform, which shares parts among it's members, but not much with the compact platforms like ours.
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That's actually what the current fix is until the parts are available in April. They are doing it right in the service advisor area, you don't even have to leave the truck there. They disable it and you drive away.

It could even be that some harnesses are bad and some aren't, but they may look the same. It could only be that 100 harnesses are bad but they have no way to track where they went. I wouldn't get too excited over it. If I owned one I probably wouldn't even get the fix done.

Rangers aren't even affected by the recall.
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The ACTUAL problem is that the switch gets constant power with the ignition off, instead of switched power. When the car is running and moving, the part is air-cooled, but when it wears out (corrodes) and its constantly hot, it can catch fire. I'm sure the fix involves changing the wiring from constant power to switched power.
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My moms truck is affected so I need to make sure I get it into the shop and checked out for her...
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Can't imagine life w/o my 'speed control'..
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The ACTUAL problem is that the switch gets constant power with the ignition off, instead of switched power. When the car is running and moving, the part is air-cooled, but when it wears out (corrodes) and its constantly hot, it can catch fire. I'm sure the fix involves changing the wiring from constant power to switched power.
The recall notice wasn't very clear. I don't know if the problem is in the switch on the steering wheel, the harness or the speed control module itself. They don't have the fix listed yet because there are no parts.
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