Cruise Control Will Not Engage in Colder Temps

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Cruise Control Will Not Engage in Colder Temps

Postby mkpaulk » Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:01 am

I have asked this before but I got no suggestions. My 1991 Gl1500 cruise will not engage in colder temperatures. Once the temp rises the cruise works flawlessly. Has anyone ever run into this problem?

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Re: Cruise Control Will Not Engage in Colder Temps

Postby RBGERSON » Tue Sep 02, 2014 4:23 pm

Nope..but colder temps shrink connections so maybe one is bad, loose, dirty and you loose contact when it gets cold.


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Re: Cruise Control Will Not Engage in Colder Temps

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Sep 03, 2014 11:58 am

You'd have to go through the (rather lengthy) cruise control diagnostics in order to find the cause. I too would suspect a bad/dirty connection however.

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Re: Cruise Control Will Not Engage in Colder Temps

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Sep 03, 2014 12:41 pm

I don't have this problem,however...
I take a stab at it.
Cooold weather...stuff moves slow if at all when there's old grease involved.
Second...not all but most "cruise won't set" problems are related to the 2 micro switches at the levers.Yes the brake and clutch one.
Hey...they have a bit of factory grease there...
It would be easiest to listen to them(or ohm test) when its cooooold.
Perhaps one is sticking.
Now I never said that this is it,just a easy place to start.

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Re: Cruise Control Will Not Engage in Colder Temps

Postby Andy Cote » Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:23 am

I agree that most CC problems originate with the brake/clutch switches. Could well be the levers are a bit sluggish. Does the CRUISE SET light come on? If not, I would focus my attention here.

However, I had a similar problem. On very cold days, the cruise set would come on and it would hold but at 10mph lower than I had set it. Then one cold day the speedo cable squealed on me (that will wake you up at 65 mph!). Lubed the speedo cable and suddenly the cruise works just like it's supposed to throughout my riding temperature range.
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Re: Cruise Control Will Not Engage in Colder Temps

Postby Uncle Fester » Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:04 pm

I have to second these thoughts as to where I would start looking.

Does Cruise Control light come on during cold operation ?
1) If Yes, check the brake and clutch switches, first by ear as they make a light click when activated, then with a OHM METER.
2) If No, check that switch first, then slowly go connector by connector , from the levers towards the CC unit until you find the cause.
3) pull, clean, re-grease, and replace your speedometer cable

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