How I Retro fitted
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There is a few tests I did first.
The Free bits.
Put the car in Self-Diagnostic Mode. On my car it was hold the â€œtripmeter reset buttonâ€� in for about 5
seconds with the ignition switch off, this seems to be different on some cars,
sometimes you also need to simultaneously press and hold the tripmeter reset
button and turn the ignition switch to position II.
Once in the Self-Diagnostic Mode, pushing the reset button cycles though
a number of test in turn.
Of the tests this will do,
the one I was interested in was the â€œAll LCD are illuminatedâ€� that way I could
check the Cruise light in the dashboard was there.
Check the Clutch & Brake pedals have all the switches, I was not
sure on what was right and what wasn't so I just checked nothing appeared to be
missing, no blank holders.
Next check was to remove the airbag, This was the hardest part, make
sure you disconnect the
battery and leave the car for a bit to make sure
everything is discharged, I left it for about 5mins and then operated a few
switches to make sure.
For me getting the airbag off was tricky.
Turn the wheel 90 degrees left release the clip that holds the top cover
in place, it's a little black tab, the top cover should lift just a little on
Turn the wheel to the top then 90 right and release the clip the holds
the right hand side of the cover.
The top cover should now lift off.
ON the rear of the steering wheel there was 4 slots where you need to
insert a small screw driver and release the airbag clips, in the Haynes manual
it said to insert small screw driver and push down, I used an "Allen key"
and had to pull up. Basically there is four clips
you need to release.
Next check was to check the â€œclockspringâ€� had the pins in the plug, I
know your next question what is the â€œclockspringâ€�, it's the bit under the
airbag everything electrical plugs into, you are interested in the top
connection, the bottom one is not used, at least not in my car.
The pins you are interested in are in the same plug as the horn, a black
plug about 15mm wide, unplug it and check the pins are there, ready for the new
plug that come with the cruise switch.
If everything appears to be in order and you want to carry on.
Now it starts costing money.
Not being able to find a new cruise control steering wheel on eBay at
the right price I opted to buy a new switch set from Ford, FINS Code 1425196 a
paid £65, This ended up being the right option, yes Ok I ended up with the
cruise all working but the plastic cover on the rear of the steering wheel is
different for the switch version and you can't get this on its own, so ended up
getting a whole new steering wheel form fords with the switches for £75 Fins
Code 1502430, work that one out!
After I plugged in the Cruise control switches there is one more test
you can do to make sure the wiring is there before your trip to Fords to get
the system enabled.
Press & hold the rear window heater switch.
While holding the rear window switch down turn on the ignition &
then release the rear window switch
( If done correctly a signal sounds & the indicator warning lights
will illuminate to show your now in the test mode )
Now when pushing each cruise switch you should hear a bleep.
your still here at this point the next thing is a trip to Fords to get the
system enabled, this cost me £95 and only took approx. an hour or so they said,
I think more like 30mins max.
didn't refit the airbag until this point as I wasn't sure which steering wheel
I was going to use, all depended on the results.
me it all worked so just fitted the airbag and top cover and all happy.
Cost £170 (or it should have been
if I hadn't paid for an extra set of switches)
Edited by: DrG