There. For the time
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: United Kingdom
County: Greater London
I worked in a filling station in upstate New York in the early 70's. I got a job pumping gas, but watched the mechanics and ended up doing the simple bolt-on work, which back then meant many small tasks. I had a 1969 Camaro and rebuilt the carburetor by simply taking it apart, laying the bits out in chronological order, then reassembling with the new parts. Since 1983, and since I've made enough money to pay someone else to do the work, I've only looked under the bonnet to check fluid levels.
But, I love this car! I want to fiddle with it. Trouble is, everything is a mystery.
Today, with the knowledge gleaned from my two respondents, I had a look to see if I could solve my cruise control problem. Switch first. I got all the tools I thought I'd need in place on the floor under the dash, pushed the seat all the way back and raised the steering wheel as far as it would go. Then, legs in the street, I arched my back over the door sill and got my head under the dash and pedals. The torch showed that the white stem from the cruise control switch was extended and in contact with the clutch pedal. Getting back out of the car was harder than getting in!
Next, I checked the fuse. The manual tells you to unscrew one screw at the top of the panel, then reveal the fuse box. But it doesn't say that it's hinged or where the hinge is. Also, I'm reluctant to use brute force and end up with an expensive breakage. Anyway, brute force is what it took to pull that panel out of its clips.
I couldn't see a break in the 7.5 amp fuse, but the blades were sort of scorched, as were the blades of the 7.5 amp fuse to the left of it. I made a run to Halfords and bought the last two 7.5 amp mini-blade fuses in the store.
In the parking lot, I inserted the two fuses and thumbed up the cruise control switch. What do you know! The indicator light in the dash panel came on. I haven't actually tried the cruise control yet, as you have to be going faster than 40 mph before it will work and I live in central London. But, I am confident that the problem is solved.
So, thanks to austingm and luciano aliquo. You've made my bank holiday Monday.
Thinking back, I remembered that on the Cromer trip I switched the parking lights on without looking at the controls. Sometime later, I went to switch off the lights and realised that I had switched on the cruise control by accident. I don't know if that was the cause of my problem?