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Old 30 Nov 2018, 06:58 pm
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Default New/Old Member - Finally Got In!

Hi All -

I originally tried to become a member here in February, right after I bought my PT Cruiser GT Turbo HO. I could never get a confirming email delivered. So I gave up for a while.

I tried again today and viola - everything worked!

I have a PT Cruiser GT HO with 80k miles. As you can see from my profile photo it's red with most bells and whistles. Got it from the 2nd owners, an elderly couple, who took great care of it and it shows. Always garaged, maintenance performed as required (timing belt, new turbo at 64K).

Runs great, everything but cruise and R/H lane change signal works on it (more about that later).

My wife and I have taken it on a few long trips (1,400 miles tops) and it's proved to be a comfy, reliable car that's happy cruising at 90+ on the lightly-used highways of Montana (a recent destination from my hometown of Colorado Springs).

I love the way it fits around me - much better than our old-guy Toyota Avalon (no offense as I'm well on my way to old-guy-dom).

Cruise Control Question

It sits in the garage ready to drive cross-country, but it would be much more comfortable if the cruise control worked!

The "Cruise" light comes on, but it never engages at speed. I've perused some of the threads here and have done the following;
  • Replaced the brake light switch
  • Confirmed that the vacuum reservoir was intact
  • Visually verified that the visible vacuum lines are intact
  • Electrical plugs all seem to be connected

I'm not sure where else to go with this issue - would anyone have other ideas?

Thanks for all the great knowledge here and I am very happy to finally become a "verified" member.

Dan
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Old 30 Nov 2018, 07:47 pm
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Welcome to the forum

Glad to see that you were finally able to get registered
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Old 30 Nov 2018, 08:51 pm
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Welcome to the forum from Pontiac, MI! I'm really glad to see the site is accepting new members again!!
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Old 30 Nov 2018, 09:10 pm
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Welcome to the forum from Pontiac, MI! I'm really glad to see the site is accepting new members again!!
No, the captcha is still broken, so still no new members can join.

The OP started his registration before it broke, and was recently able to complete the registration process.
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Old 01 Dec 2018, 09:06 am
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Howdy, neighbor!

Welcome to the forum from Texas.
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Old 01 Dec 2018, 09:46 am
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Well, never mind then, except the 'WELCOME' part!!
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Old 01 Dec 2018, 10:23 am
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Welcome to the forum from the great sovereign state of Arkansas!
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Old 01 Dec 2018, 11:18 am
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Welcome to the forum. As far as the cruise control goes, are you SURE you're engaging it properly? After you turn it on, are you moving the stem up or down? I don't recall which way engages it or disengages it as I no longer have a PT, but it should have arrows on it indicating which is which. Of course, the 08 could be entirely different from the 03 I had. The 08 has the much cursed (by me anyway) TIPM. Totally Integrated Power Module. I just don't like those things.
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Old 01 Dec 2018, 11:34 am
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Check the cruise cable attachment at the throttle body.

The PCM (computer) is cruise-control central for the system. It is the PCM that turns on the dash indicator. If the dash light works, we can assume that the clock-spring and connectors and wiring between the control switch and PCM are fine.
However, the control stalk switch may be faulty; it has internal resistors. The resistance signals the PCM for chosen action- on/off, set, release, speed-up/down.

The PCM also needs correct input from the following sensors: vehicle speed sensor and clutch pedal sensor (manual), transmission range sensor and input & output speed sensors (auto).
There is a specific procedure for installing and setting the brake light switch.
Check the grounds on the inner fender wells; the cruise-control servo ground is on the right side.
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Old 06 Dec 2018, 01:17 pm
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No, the captcha is still broken, so still no new members can join.
I lucked out or you all were unlucky cause I joined years ago for the manual to help my brother fix a cruiser never thinking I'd own one.

Thanks for the cruise control tips, mine doesn't work either.

Welcome Fairlane
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