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I just purchased a 94 Tracer LTS 5-speed and while everything mostly works, the cruise control doesn't. I've done some research and I understand that there's not going to be a light on the dash when it does work (super awesome) but it looks like all the components are there, the vacuum hoses are in decent shape, and the check valve is installed the right way. I have heard that there are "bumpers" on the clutch and pedal sensors that fall off. Can anyone look at this picture and tell me if I'm missing them, and that might be my problem?

Also, if anyone knows how to remove the seat tilt handles so I can pull that trim off the side of the seat and replace the seatbelt holder, that would be much appreciated. I'm not seeing an obvious way other than just pulling real hard.
 

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If your car has the blue bumpers, and the one for the brake light switch is missing, the brake lights will stay on all the time.
I can't tell 100% for sure from your picture, but I don't think your car has them.

also, I think the seat tilt handle does just get yanked off, at least that's how I got them off on my 3rd gen escorts.
 

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Sorry; cant help. My brake and clutch pedals of my 5-speed both sort of 'clunk' when I slide my foot off. The bumper for the brake pedal would be on the 'lower' side in your picture and maybe below the edge of the picture.
The belt holder guide on the side trim of the drivers seat is broken on mine too - so I made a simple knot in the belt, so as to keep the belt from retracting back out of reach when unhooked. When the belt is hooked across my lap, the knot is beside my left pants pocket.
 

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Is that vacuum switch on the brake pedal also the brake light switch? The brake lights aren't on all the time, so if cruise and brake lights are controlled by the same switch, it shouldn't be that, right? The hose looks and feels great, but if the switch itself can leak, I'll have to figure out a way to test that.

If it's the clutch switch, it looks like that's an electrical connection, as there doesn't appear any other mechanism there. Maybe the clutch spring is a bit worn out, it does have 260k, and it's not holding the pedal as close as it needs to?

I'll try and remove the handles gently, I found some decent seatbelt holders at the junkyard so I'll try and put them on the right way first.

Edit: I poked around under there more, I see that there's a second brake switch above the vacuum switch, and that still has a bumper on it. That must be why my brake lights work correctly. I also verified I had 12V at the yellow/black wire to the Cruise control amplifier in the passenger kick panel as recommended here: Cruise Control on a 96 1.9 LX . I'll do some vacuum testing next, anything else I should be looking for?

Also, a bit of tapping with a soft mallet on the seat tilt handles worked, thanks!
 

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Is that vacuum switch on the brake pedal also the brake light switch? The brake lights aren't on all the time, so if cruise and brake lights are controlled by the same switch, it shouldn't be that, right? The hose looks and feels great, but if the switch itself can leak, I'll have to figure out a way to test that.
Use a MityVac (or similar) to test the switch. Another way to test the switch (potentially unsafe) is to remove the line and plug it. If your cruise control now works, then you know that the switch is bad. But don't drive the car any more then you have to like that because that switch is there as a backup to the brake light switch to turn off the cruise control.
 

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Use a MityVac (or similar) to test the switch. Another way to test the switch (potentially unsafe) is to remove the line and plug it. If your cruise control now works, then you know that the switch is bad. But don't drive the car any more then you have to like that because that switch is there as a backup to the brake light switch to turn off the cruise control.
I finally borrowed a mityvac from a buddy and the putting vacuum on the line coming out of the cruise control box in the engine bay to the vacuum switch on the brake pedal seemed fine. I even pressed on the pedal and it released vacuum as one would expect.

lIs it possible the cruise control box is bad? It doesn't look like new is an option anymore, but I see the part was used on a ton of cars, so I could probably source a JY one for cheap.

Otherwise, any ideas of something else to look at?
 

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It sounds like you already checked it, but I just blocked the vacuum hose off on mine.
 
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I checked, although I crawled under the dash again today and it looks like I could adjust the vacuum switch on the pedal a little more. I'm going to test that out tomorrow.

I did also find this https://www.justanswer.com/ford/1e2j3-1993-escort-lx-wagon-cruise-control-stopped.html and I verified that connecting the engine vacuum to the diaphragm vacuum tube does rev the engine, so the diaphragm is in good enough shape, as is the cable connected to the pedal.

I'll also hit the junkyard this weekend and grab a cruise control amp to test that too.
 
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