Cruise Control Failure


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Re: Cruise Control Failure

Post by Grumpy1 » Thu Feb 03, 2011 6:43 am



Well this old Grumpy1 is a drop :lol: .New speedo cable make this all go away ,lol dats 1 prob gone :D



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Re: Cruise Control Failure

Post by timtim » Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:58 pm

I to had cruise control problems,only mine was when i set my cruise it would stay on but it would be eratic(the speed and the speedo needle)and after a short time would shut down altogrther.I found on this site (somewhere)?that it was my speedo cable.Apearently the cable inside the sheath starts to bind because the grease inside the sheath dries out . the speedo cable is what runs your cruise control.there are magnets inside your speedometer that hold your speed,so if the cable is binding your cruise will not operate properly.the fix for this is to pull your speedo cable out clean the cable and inside the sheath and lub.the cable(i used lethium grease)and put it back togeather.I did this with mine(1991goldwing se)worked perfect.I know some of you have diffirent problems but i'd try that first,a very cheap fix.
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Re: Cruise Control Failure

Post by heidebill » Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:20 pm

When I bought my 97 1500 the cruise worked, several miles later, no go.
What I did to fix the situations was, On the Clutch Lever there is a small Brass bushing, that is the pressure point of the lever, It was worn out, Pull the Lever and check it, A couple bucks and I replaced it and now the Cruise works fine.
When that bushing is worn it does not allow the required switch action.
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Re: Cruise Control Failure

Post by artgrantz » Tue Mar 08, 2011 7:43 pm

You said you are new to biking. Are you aware that the cruise control on your bike only works in 4th & 5th gear? It will not engage in 3rd.

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Re: Cruise Control Failure

Post by a.j. » Sun Mar 13, 2011 8:54 pm

heidebill wrote:When I bought my 97 1500 the cruise worked, several miles later, no go.
What I did to fix the situations was, On the Clutch Lever there is a small Brass bushing, that is the pressure point of the lever, It was worn out, Pull the Lever and check it, A couple bucks and I replaced it and now the Cruise works fine.
When that bushing is worn it does not allow the required switch action.
Good Luck
Bill
This was the exact same problem that I encountered. Bought the new brass bushing I also replaced the clutch leaver and it has been working perfectly ever since. Total cost of repair about $35.00

A.J.

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Re: Cruise Control Failure

Post by ford8520 » Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:50 pm

would be great to get the file too. my set function stopped this week but tuning on the cruise and the cruise on light work but set light does not. thanks for any help.

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Re: Cruise Control Failure

Post by ford8520 » Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:50 pm

mford@gmail.com, sorry forgot to include on first post.

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Re: Cruise Control Failure

Post by clock » Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:57 pm

We have a 1993 SE and this past year the cruise control has trouble setting then when it is set, a few minutes later it serges up and down then eventually cuts off completely. We have changed out the filters but still exhibits the problem. What next?
Need help...
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Re: Cruise Control Failure

Post by timtim » Sat Feb 08, 2014 9:23 pm

I don't Know if you read my post on it,if not I had much the same problem as you. The way if fixed my problem was to pull the speedometer cable out of the sheath and clean off the old grease and used a lithium grease on it. It worked perfect after that.
My wing was a 91 so I'm thinking a 93 is much the same. The post you are on now is my post about my 2012. got rid of that didn't want the headaches dealing with the dealers around here.
good luck timtim

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Re: Cruise Control Failure

Post by sprintexec » Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:34 am

pdftown.com returned nothing found for the Goldwing! As I have problems with my cruise control I'd be happy to receive the fault finding file if anyone who has it would be kind enough to send it to me. Thanks in advance 8-)

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Re: Cruise Control Failure

Post by dingdong » Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:38 pm

sprintexec wrote:pdftown.com returned nothing found for the Goldwing! As I have problems with my cruise control I'd be happy to receive the fault finding file if anyone who has it would be kind enough to send it to me. Thanks in advance 8-)
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Re: Cruise Control Failure

Post by sprintexec » Fri Mar 14, 2014 3:37 pm

@dingdong thank you for being so helpful! :D

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Re: Cruise Control Failure

Post by virgilmobile » Wed Mar 19, 2014 4:04 pm

Not really related but I just learned me something new today....
On the 88,there is a micro switch attached to the carb body and is operated by turning the throttle backward past the idle stop...it's spring loaded and it operates one of the cruise cancel switches...
Apparently it's indigenous to the 88 only...It seems that 89 and up use a "grip cancel switch" that sets in line with the cable.....

So goes away my idea of using a newer set of carbs on my 88....Or just bypass that one switch...Hmmmmmm..

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Re: Cruise Control Failure

Post by clock » Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:35 pm

Thanks to all that responded. Will try the speedo cable cleaning first as soon as we have time...then go from there!

Happy Riding to All!

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Re: Cruise Control Failure

Post by vtxcandyred » Thu Mar 20, 2014 7:32 am

You can give this a look too. I used it to take away the speed limiting factor on my 93SE. I hope this works. http://bobsold.goldwingfacts.com/wingcruisecontrol.html

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Re: Cruise Control Failure

Post by Basschaser » Sun Mar 23, 2014 4:05 pm

It seems that just about everyone has the same problem with the cruise control. I read about all the switches that causes it not to work, Frt brake,clutch,rear brake. Did I miss any So I removed all the switches and cleaned them with carb cleaner blew them out, sprayed WD-40 in them all the time pushing the button in and out. I also did the same with my front brake light switch. Has worked great ever since. Went for a ride today with my son and tried setting the cruise same problem master light on dash and set light on dash but throttle not holding. We stopped for something to drink. He told me to try setting the cruise then pulling in the clutch or brake so I did. on all three switches the set light went out. Wouldn't this mean that the switches are working? I purchased a Maintenance Manual a Clymer Book it covered the switches and how to check vacuum then says the cruise control system is to complex take to a dealer. The manual on this site or the one you are saying to down load does it have the complete system. O yes while I had the switches off I checked them with a ohm meter. The cruise works off vacuum like a vehicle Its not the thing of fixing it for me its having the time to remove all that plastic to get to the parts and check them. I hope so anyway but I would like to know were to look. Thanks and safe and good riding!

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Re: Cruise Control Failure

Post by virgilmobile » Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:25 pm

Yes all your switches work.Except for the untested throttle manual decrease switch.Obviously it's holding OK because the light does stay on.
As far as it not holding the speed,your correct to look at the vacuum system.
There is a control valve assembly that adds or bleeds vacuum from the throttle control mechanism.
As always,old hardened vacuum lines are suspect.
I'd start right at the mechanism.under the left cover and the vacuum reserve canister.
Replace anything questionable.

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Re: Cruise Control Failure

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:13 pm

WD-40 is just about the worst thing to spray into the switches. It leaves behind an oily film which is great for preventing corrosion (which is WD-40's original purpose), however that film attracts dust and grit like crazy, and the switch will soon stop working as a result. Use quality electrical contact cleaner to spray and flush the switches out.

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Re: Cruise Control Failure

Post by Basschaser » Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:53 am

Thanks for the advice but you said it yourself its great for corrosion which is what we have down here in Florida the salt air. Dust not much of that rains almost ever day. Its raining now. I keep it covered with a Goldwing cover that fit snug almost to the ground. and under my car port. As for grit don't know what that is. I didn't like the carb cleaner highly corrosive but I didn't have any parts brake cleaner. I did mention that I blew them out I didn't leave it full of WD-40.
failure I guess we will see. Thanks! nice to know your watching.

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Re: Cruise Control Failure

Post by Basschaser » Tue Mar 25, 2014 2:02 am

Thanks for the advice but you said it yourself its great for corrosion which is what we have down here in Florida the salt air. Dust not much of that rains almost ever day. Its raining now. I keep it covered with a Goldwing cover that fit snug almost to the ground. and under my car port. As for grit don't know what that is. I didn't like the carb cleaner highly corrosive but I didn't have any parts brake cleaner. I did mention that I blew them out I didn't leave it full of WD-40.
failure I guess we will see. Thanks! nice to know your watching. Wing Admin woops I read what I wrote again I didn't mention I blew them out after the 40 My Bad.

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Re: Cruise Control Failure

Post by Basschaser » Tue Mar 25, 2014 2:14 am

Mr. Virgilmobile Thanks I guess I missed a switch. I think your right A vacuum problem I did find that in my maint. book how to check it. I will this weekend. Thanks again.

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Re: Cruise Control Failure

Post by clock » Tue May 06, 2014 8:08 pm

Well, I took the speedo cable out, cleaned and lubed but now the cruise switch won't set. Tried spraying contact cleaner in without taking apart to no avail.
Are there any helpful hints to taking the switch assembly apart to get to the switch contacts? Heard there is a bearing and spring that you have to watch out for. What steps should I go through to get this assembly apart?

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Re: Cruise Control Failure

Post by NWC » Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:52 am

Hi,

I am wondering if someone could point me in the right direction with my cruise control issue or if @dingdong if you could PM me so that I would be able to get a copy of the troubleshooting for this. In reading through this post and forum, I have replaced the clutch bushing, checked all the microswitches on the clutch, 2 on the front brake lever and replaced the filter. My problem is that I have the "cruise on" lit, but cannot set the cruise. I can get the cruise set light to come on while the bike is not running, just to check the bulb, but when I get up to speed (over 60km/h) and press the set button nothing happens. No set light, and certainly no cruise. Have spray contact cleaner in and on cruise switches on the handlebar set.

I am thinking that it is my cruise set switch on my handlebar set, but before just starting to pour money into replacing this and that I thought I'd ask for advice from those of you with experience with this.

Thanks in advance for your help/reply,

Jeff

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Re: Cruise Control Failure

Post by idflyit » Sat Dec 13, 2014 4:52 pm

good day all, may I have a copy of that list...send it to idflyit@gmail.com

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Re: Cruise Control Failure

Post by joeincalif » Mon Dec 15, 2014 11:14 am

If you have after market chrome levers that could be the cause. They are not made the exact same as OEM and sometimes will not push in the micro switch far enough. Also the brass fitting in the clutch lever can become worn and not let the lever return all the way.
Also you should hear 2 clicks on the right lever and 1 on the left lever. 1 click for the cruise and 1 click for the brake light. Move the lever slowly to hear both clicks.


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