Re: We have cruise control!!
"Any chance you made a how to for this mod? Would very much appreciate the guidance.
Are we saying that this is a simple retro mod to all post 2002 156s. All you need are the parts mentioned.....all other gubbins required to operate the cruise function are already there waiting to be activated?"
If you do a search there is a 'how to' somewhere with photos, but its hardly necessary.
Yes..its a simple 'plug and go' upgrade. The green warning light with a little speedo on it is already in the panel between the clocks
So far, everyone with a post 2002 (facelift) 156 seems to have been successful.
1)Step one. remove the three screws that hold the cowl under the steering wheel on. be careful as you remove it as it has plastic clips holding it to the upper half. Its a bit fiddly, and I had to be patient to get the new one back on.
2) Tucked up in the wiring behind/in front of the existing stalk should be an unused white plug. That is the cruise plug that plugs into the new stalk.
3) Check there is a switch above the brake pedal..thats the deactivator.
4) Order the part number listed above 156047955 for the stalk and 156034454 for the new cowl with the extra cut out for the stalk (at a pinch you could modify the old one, but it might look a mess depending on how good you are with a saw and a craft knife)
5) the stalk has a clip that slides from the rear and you pull it towards you carefully to engage it (removing the small self tapper screw on thre front of the column switch unit first) There is a hole at the front and a second at the back of the new stalk to hold it in place. You will need two small self tappers to fix the stalk through these holes (I used the original in the front, and a new slightly longer one in the rear. Don't use oversize screws, you will knacker the holes. The rear one is quite fiddly and I used a small mirror to see what I was up to
6) The plug on the stalk has a metal bracket designed to go on the rear screw. I removed the bracket as I didn't like the sharp edges near wiring, and used a cable tie instead to tuck the connector block up and out of the way...not forgetting to plug it together of course...
7 Then replace the new lower cowl on the steering column.
I give no guarantees it will work on your car, but it should. Total cost of parts including VAT and postage was £80.63. Ask for a discount, I got just over £10 knocked off list price.
As previously mentioned, it may take the car a few goes to recognise the new control. It certainly did with mine, but its all there now.
Hope this helps