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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-12-2013, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
 
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Weird electrical issue

I have an interesting electrical issue on my 2000 F350 that I need some help on.

I went to test the cruise control out the other day and when I pressed the "on" button on the steering wheel the horn sounded. Both of the horn buttons work fine and nothing happens when the "off" button is pushed. I also notice the green "cruise" flash intermittently from time to time.

I checked the wiring under the dash and see that someone has done some "repair" work. There are a few but connectors where there shouldn't be.

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Depends on what they did. I hate it when someone starts hacking into the wiring. Could be some cross wiring, could be a lot of different things.
Could be a can of worms that is leaking, if you know what I mean.

Without seeing it. Basically you'd need a wiring diagram and need to go thru very one individually, make sure there is no bare wiring, and everything is a clean solid connection.

Could also be the cruise switch in the steering wheel.


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I was trying to avoid checking each and every wire, but I agree .. I think that I will have to get comfy on the floor under the dash and check each one ..
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Did it originally have a PTO controller?

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I think that it might have. Why?

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That would explain a few things. You will have to go through the wiring. Someone may have missed removing something or created a short. The PTO controllers use the cruise control to control engine speed.

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Okay. I will look in the Haynes manual for the schematic.

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clockspring, anyone? it's common to all of these components

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What is that?

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A clock spring is in the steering column between the column and the wheel it allows the steering wheel to turn while still keeping an electrical connection with the on wheel controls and the airbags. Be carful while screwing around near the airbags if one goes of when your close by say leaning in front of the wheel to look at something it can seriously hurt you if not kill you. Please remember to disconnect the battery for 45 minutes and leave it disconnected before working on any thing in the column.

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