Honda Civic Cruise Control problem solved!

12 09 2007

In my previous post dated 07/23/07, I talked about a problem getting my cruise control on my Honda Civic to work on the freeways. My only trick was to drive for 5-10 mebbe 15 minutes to get it to work. But that didn’t work all the time and was pissing me off. This time I figured it out. Before we go there, let’s get back to the initial problem.

The symptoms it showed were:

1. When the cruise button ON switch was depressed, the green light would come on.

2. Then when the SET CRUISE button on the steering wheel was pushed, nothing would happen.

While driving down to the cities the previous week to drop-off a friend to the Minneapolis (MSP) airport and talking to him, I realized something – my cruise had worked the second I pushed the 2 buttons. Then a nagging feeling hit me …

… My clutch! Ever since I had my clutch replaced, those mechanics didn’t bother to put in the right hydraulic pod and it doesn’t come all the way back up. Usually, I’d jus nudge it from below and it would pop-up all the way. Sometimes, it jus came up by itself but there’s that 1 inch of looseness in the clutch.

I tried it. I pushed down the clutch. My CRUISE disabled itself. WOOOT! With my clutch not all the way up, I hit the SET CRUISE. The cruise system didn’t take over. I nudged the clutch a bit and it went all the way up and then hit the SET key. SUCCESS!

And to think this whole time I was afraid it might’ve been an electrical issue. Had the “main relay” replaced and that didn’t fix it. Checked almost all my fuses under the dash and under the hood and no problems there either. So the answer was right there next to my left foot. Gosh!

Conclusion: If you drive a stick (or manual transmission) and have issues getting the cruise controls to work, try and see if your clutch goes all the way up.

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22 responses

25 10 2007
Honda

jeeze, some mechanics cause more problems thasn they fix!

hope you didnt spent too much money trying to fix your cruise control when it wasnt broken in the first place!

9 12 2013
faaiz

i have a honda civic
when i push the cruise button its become on cruise mian bt after that nthng will happened

25 10 2007
ninjatales

Yea I didn’t spend any money directly tryin to fix the cruise.

Had my damaged clutch replaced by the crappy mechanics last winter and main relay (electrical ignition issue) last summer. When I told the mechanics about my clutch not going all the way up unless I nudged the pedal from below or smtimes it jus went up by itself, they said that was normal or smth.

But after finding out the cause to the cruise control issue, I thought of taking it back but then thought twice about it. They might break something else fixing this minor inconvenience.

17 07 2009
william

Great tip. My cruise control on my 2003 Honda Civic also quit working, although the cruise button would light up, and I could not figure out how to get it going. Just tapping the clutch pedal very slightly gets it to work. I’ve had no work done on the clutch. Maybe next time I will buy an automatic transmission. THANKS again for the tip.

26 02 2010
ken

Were is the relay for your cruise control? I have a 2007 accord and the light on the dash shows “main cruise” but it wont “set” its a 2.4 automatic, I cant find a fuse for it, so maybe its a relay> Thanks, Ken

11 10 2011
Anonymous

Not sure how many people have had the trouble with their honda accelerating after they set the cruise control…Also mine would not shut off when I hit the brake…Even stayed on for a few seconds after I hit the main cruise control button….Well I found the answer…There are 2 hoses coming off the main controller thing under the hood..One is small and goes to the intake manifold. The larger one comes out and actually looks like it attaches to the frame.This was my problem one. Spiders built a nest in that one blocking any air from escaping. So when it called for more gas the air would come in through the small hose…but could not escape through the larger…so even shutting down the Cruise control the trapped air would be engaging more throttle. I’ve seen a few post about this problem…I hope this helps

26 01 2011
mike

I hade the same trouble and realized my left and right brake lights were out changed the bulbs both problems fixed

20 04 2011
Stacey

I have a 2006 Honda Civic and my husband and me had the cruise on and it just went off. i have tried resetting it but the button will not stay on. If anybody else has had this problem and knows what it is, please let me know.

21 08 2011
Kay

Wondering if Ken or Stacey got to the bottom of this. I have a 2004 Accord EX automatic with the same issue; blown fuse?

THANKS!

27 08 2011
Anonymous

I HAVE A 2007 HONDA CIVIC SI BUT WHEN I PRESS DOWN THE CRUISE CONTROL BUTTON ON THE STEERING WHEEL THE CRUISE CONTROL JUST LIGHT UP IN THE DASH BOARD SO I GUESS I DON’T KNOW HOW TO LET THE CRUISE CONTROL WORK.SO IF ANY ONE KNOW HOW TO LET THE CRUISE CONTROL WORK PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO.

27 08 2011
Rickardo Braxford

I HAVE A 2007 HONDA CIVIC SI BUT DON’T KNOW HOW TO OPERATE THE CRUISE CONTROL IN THE STEERING WHEEL TO LET IT WORK.SO IF ANY ONE COULD SHARE SOME KNOWLEDGE HOW TO LET THE CRUISE CONTROL WORK I WOULD GLADLY APPRECIATE SUCH INFORMATION.

19 09 2011
Anonymous

I have a 2006 Civic. The cruise in mine will only work if you keep your finger on both the cruise on button and the accelerate button. Very annoying! They say it will cost $108.00 to diagnose!

23 11 2011
Parashara

Thanks bud. I’ll give this a try.

26 11 2011
Tom

I have a 2004 Honda Pilot. Recently to cruise works
only intermittently. Almost as if the motor has to warm
up before it will work…

23 12 2011
Fred

There is a rubber gromet that activates the break lights on this 99 civic automatic. Several months ago my tail lights would not go out. There are 2 sizes in the $2.50 pachet from the parts store. The flat one works well for the breaklights. But, the taller one makes the cruise control work. I had this replace several months ago. Williams and ninjtales comment reminded me of this. I just went out and changed that little rubber to the taller one. I now have cruise back. Thank you.

20 04 2013
Anonymous

Amazing you solved my problem!

13 05 2014
Anonymous

What does that have anything to do with the cruise control???

16 08 2012
Rob

My cruise was working sometimes and not others on my 08 Civic. I found this thread yesterday and kept it in mind. Last night on my drive home from work I realized that I sometimes rest my left foot on the clutch pedal, depressing it ever so slightly. This was just enough to make the cruise not work. I am now working on breaking this habit and keep my foot on the floor when on the highway and not shifting.

17 01 2013
alex

is their a fuse for cruise control or not?

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