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Old 03-07-2005
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fixing cruise control on 2003 model

I recently got into an accident where the air bag deployed. After the shop fixed the truck, I realized that the cruise control doesn,t work or light up anymore. As I am guessing that it is too late to return to the auto body shop, does anyone know how I might be able to get the cruise control working again?thanks for any help.
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why would it be too late?? at least try!!
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There is a black ribbon cable for the cruise pod switches that plugs into the clockspring mechanism behind the airbag. You can see it in this picture at 4 0'clock from the center bolt, just below the yellow airbag harness. It might be damaged or just unplugged.


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I have the exact same problem. it's been over a year since the accident, thought i would check here to see if i could find an answer efore i went through the trouble of trying to take it back to the dealer. mine is a 2000 model XLT, I've checked the fuse and the ribbon cable with no luck

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If it just doesnt light up but the cruise control actually works, it might be because your truck doesnt support it- my 2000 was built in Nov. 99 so mine dont light up, after june 2000 I believe is when ford started putting lit up switches on the Ranger. IF your truck was built later in 2000 then you might just have a couple of blown bulbs in the pods which will require you to either buy completely new pods (ford only sells the pods, not the light bulbs themselves) or convert them to use LEDs (much cheaper). Hope this somewhat helps.
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I don't think mine ever lit up, but it doesn't function at all now.

Does anyone know where I can find the part number for the ribbon cable, might try swapping that out.
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i know this is weird but the plug on the right side where it pugs into the clock spring can go in backwards..try turn the pug around and putting it back in... when i put the 03 steering wheel in my 00 that is what happened to me. and then everything worked fine...it didnt light up but oh well
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