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Cruise Control Switch Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Cruise Control Switch Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$70

Talent:

**

Tools:

T-27 Torx, 10mm Allen with a breaker bar, Phillips screw driver

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz W124 (1986-95)

Parts Required:

Cruise control switch

Hot Tip:

Have someone hold the wheel when loosing main bolt

Performance Gain:

Working cruise control

Complementary Modification:

Install a new steering wheel

The cruise control switch is located on the steering column and is attached to the steering shaft. To replace it you first need to remove the steering wheel. The wiring for the switch connects behind the lower dash. To get access to the connection you will also need to remove the lower dash.

Locate the negative terminal on the battery (yellow arrow) and remove the negative ground cable (red arrow) Place the cable in a manner that it cannot come in contact with the battery while working.
Figure 1

Locate the negative terminal on the battery (yellow arrow) and remove the negative ground cable (red arrow) Place the cable in a manner that it cannot come in contact with the battery while working. Allow the car to sit for at least 15 minutes before working further on it to allow any remaining electrical energy in the car to dissipate.

The steering wheel has an air bag that will need to be removed before the wheel can come off (red arrow).
Figure 2

The steering wheel has an air bag that will need to be removed before the wheel can come off (red arrow).

Use a T-27 and loosen both screws that hold the airbag unit on (red arrow).
Figure 3

Use a T-27 and loosen both screws that hold the airbag unit on (red arrow). The screws are on each side of the back of the wheel at 3 and 9 o'clock. If the handle on your Torx driver is too long, try turning the wheel or even removing the lower dash cover to give you more room.

In this photo you can see the T27 wrench that I removed from the holder to make it easier (red arrow).
Figure 4

In this photo you can see the T27 wrench that I removed from the holder to make it easier (red arrow). With both screws loosened you can pull the airbag forward away from the wheel (yellow arrow). Note: the key is in the ignition so the steering wheel can be turned but the battery has been disconnected for at least 15 minutes before we started working on the airbag (green arrow).

Pull the airbag unit from the wheel and disconnect the plug (red arrows).
Figure 5

Pull the airbag unit from the wheel and disconnect the plug (red arrows). Always store the airbag unit with the logo or padded side facing up. The two screws that hold the bag to the wheel will remain in the wheel (yellow arrow, one shown).

The wiring connection for the horn and airbag does not disconnect from this point (yellow arrow).
Figure 6

The wiring connection for the horn and airbag does not disconnect from this point (yellow arrow). You will need to remove the wheel, ring and lower dash. Disconnect the two horn wires (red arrows).

Use a 10mm Allen socket along with a breaker bar to loosen the single screw holding the wheel to the shaft (red arrow).
Figure 7

Use a 10mm Allen socket along with a breaker bar to loosen the single screw holding the wheel to the shaft (red arrow). Do NOT use the steering lock to help break the nut loose. Make sure to have someone hold the steering wheel stationary while breaking the bolt free.

There are witness marks on both the steering wheel (red arrows) and the shaft (yellow arrows) to make sure everything lines up when reassembling.
Figure 8

There are witness marks on both the steering wheel (red arrows) and the shaft (yellow arrows) to make sure everything lines up when reassembling. If yours are faded make your own marks with some white out or nail polish.

Pull the wheel straight back and off the shaft.
Figure 9

Pull the wheel straight back and off the shaft. The steering angle sensor will remain on the shaft.

To remove the steering angle sensor use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the two small screws (red arrows).
Figure 10

To remove the steering angle sensor use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the two small screws (red arrows). Use caution when pulling it off the steering shaft to remove it as one piece. If you separate the two plates the wiring will spool out and it is not easy to get it back in.

The wiring connection for the steering sensor will not separate from the back of the sensor (red arrow) and will stay attached while removing the cruise control switch.
Figure 11

The wiring connection for the steering sensor will not separate from the back of the sensor (red arrow) and will stay attached while removing the cruise control switch.

The wiring connects up under the dash.
Figure 12

The wiring connects up under the dash. You will need to remove the lower dash (red arrow) to get access to the connections. Please see our article on lower dash removal for further assistance.

Remove the three Philips head screws on the shaft collar holding the switches to the shaft (red arrows).
Figure 13

Remove the three Philips head screws on the shaft collar holding the switches to the shaft (red arrows). Slide the switch assembly and shaft collar forward and off the steering shaft.

The wiring harness for the cruise control and turn signals runs down the steering column (yellow arrow) and across the knee beam to connect on the left side of the engine control module.
Figure 14

The wiring harness for the cruise control and turn signals runs down the steering column (yellow arrow) and across the knee beam to connect on the left side of the engine control module. Separate the connection (red arrow) and clip the zip ties holding it to the turn signal stalk.

You will need to slide the steering column cover forward to cut the zip tie connection for the cruise control and turn signals wiring located under the steering shaft (red arrow).
Figure 15

You will need to slide the steering column cover forward to cut the zip tie connection for the cruise control and turn signals wiring located under the steering shaft (red arrow).

You can now remove the switch and wiring harness from the car.
Figure 16

You can now remove the switch and wiring harness from the car. Installation is the reverse of removal.






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Comments and Suggestions:
nicocw2 Comments: How would we know if this needs to be replaced? My CC engages at first then stops working. I have replaced an electric switch behind instrument panel that worked better but not 100%. Seems CC is so complex with various factors contributing to make system work right. What else contributes to its function?
August 10, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If all other items work and the switch is not seen to activate when monitoring data stream using a Mercedses-benz scan tool. Other parts include the brake or clutch switch, DME, ABS, etc. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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