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What is a cruise control module and how does it work?

A cruise control module is a computer control module, one of many in your vehicle, that receives and processes data in order to cause your vehicle to maintain a given speed and, in some cases, activate the braking system.

Cruise control, a feature of the engine management system in most modern vehicles, allows a vehicle to maintain a specific speed at the request of the driver and without input to the gas pedal (throttle) by the driver. Once the vehicle reaches a desired speed on the road, the driver engages the cruise control system, and the vehicle continues at that speed until the system is disengaged, or the driver steps on the brake pedal. The latest systems also react to input from special sensors that can detect the distance to the vehicle ahead and adjust the speed accordingly.

Older cruise control systems relied on mechanical components, such as an actuator connected to a cable that would open and close the throttle valve. That arrangement allowed the engine to apply as much power as necessary to maintain vehicle speed. Modern systems are entirely electronic. Data received from the wheel speed sensors, transmission control module, brake light switch, ignition switch, ABS module, and distance sensors (if the vehicle is so equipped) - along with input from the driver’s controls - are all processed in the cruise control module to actuate the throttle.


How is a a Cruise Control Module Replacement done?

To replace a cruise control module, a technician must first disconnect the negative terminal from the battery, taking care to preserve sensitive computer memory in your vehicle. Any shields, covers, ducts, or interior components (such as the center console) that are in the way of access to the module must be removed as well. From there, once the specific location of the module has been discovered, the technician will perform the following general steps to replace the module:

  • Unplug the cruise control module from the wiring harness
  • Disconnect the throttle cable from the module (only on some models)
  • Remove any mounting hardware and dislodge the module
  • Install the new module, fasten in place, and plug in the wires
  • Reinstall all components removed for access
  • Program the new cruise control module with a scan tool to synchronize with other vehicle systems

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How do I know if my vehicle needs a new cruise control module?

The cruise control module is a small computer typically located either in the passenger compartment (underneath the dashboard or the center console) or inside of a weatherproof case in the engine compartment. It is unlikely that the module itself would see physical damage under normal use. But as with any electrical wiring in the engine compartment, the electrical connections to the module can be susceptible to corrosion outside of the housing. More likely, however, is damage to the module by way of improper voltage somehow being sent to the module. If a cruise control module goes bad, you might notice one or more of the following symptoms:

The cruise control system will not engage or does not respond properly

Your vehicle will not hold the selected speed

The fuse that is designated for the cruise control module circuit is blown

The check engine light comes on and a diagnostic scan reveals a trouble code related to the module

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Other questions customers ask

What would cause the cruise control to stop working?
The cruise control on a vehicle may stop working for several reasons. Among the most common would be the fuse powering the cruise control module has blown. The cruise control module itself could also go bad. Other faulty components could also render the cruise control system inoperative, such as a bad speed sensor that is supposed to relay the vehicle speed to the cruise control module.
How do I know if my cruise control fuse is blown?
If your cruise control fuse is blown, the cruise control on your vehicle will not work. You may also see a check engine light on the dashboard or a message on the instrument cluster informing you of the cruise control being disabled. If you are able to locate the specific fuse in the fuse block and visually inspect it, you should notice that the tiny electrode inside the fuse has broken.
What sensor cuts cruise control?
Some late-model vehicles come equipped with adaptive cruise control systems that can detect the vehicle directly in front and adjust the speed accordingly. These advanced systems rely on radar, sonar, LiDAR and other technologies to detect the distance to the next vehicle. Distance sensors send constant signals to the cruise control module, updating it on the proximity to the vehicle directly ahead. If that vehicle slows down, the cruise control module adjusts the speed to compensate.

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