I should've known
about the electrics
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: United Kingdom
GT Clutch/Cruise Control switch FIXED
My cruise control has never worked and has niggled me for ages, so I decided to investigate and I am feeling quite smug as I have managed to fix the problem.
The switch on the clutch that operates cruise was not contacting the clutch pedal - when the clutch pedal is up the switch should be depressed. I was told I'd need a new switch, so thought there would be no harm in taking it out for a look - after all, if it didn't work I could hardly break it more.
First I stuck myself upside down in the footwell with a torch for a good look. The switch is located right at the top of the pedal in a square bracket. I got hold of it and turned 90 degrees clockwise (lucky try in the correct direction first) and it popped out. Then I disconnected the wires at the non-clutch end and the switch was free!
I carefully prised the two halves of the switch apart with a small flat screwdriver. Inside the clutch-side half there is a plunger with a spring over the top of it. The end of the plunger sticks out the end of the switch and is supposed to be depressed by the clutch pedal. My plunger didn't stick out far enough, but when I looked closer I saw there is a circlip holding the plunger in. I removed the circlip, out came the plunger and to my surprise it had threads in the middle. The threads allow you to alter the amount the plunger sticks out by, so I replaced the plunger, sticking out by a couple of threads more, put the circlip back in, put the switch back together and put it back in the car. Now my plunger contacted the clutch... so far so good, took it for a quick test drive and tah daahh! Working cruise control.
I hope this helps someone else!
Now I have to change my sidelight bulb (which has a broken holder) and stop my driver's door leak, but one thing at a time...