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OK, not sure exactly where I should put this, but I was wondering (it's probably a stupid question) but I have a 96LX, it has all the nice fun stuff, auto windows, a/c, etc... but it never came with cruise control. I was wondering, is that a difficult thing to install (if at all possible) and if so, where can I get the parts, how long will it take to install, is there a how to, etc.....
 

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you could buy an aftermarket cruise control kit.Summit,jc whitney and other places.I am not sure how hard it is to install so I cant answer that one.Some places will install it for you so you dont have to do it.I think car audio shops would.I havent seen a how to for it but maybe someone else has.Final note sometimes on ebay you can pick up a brand new cruise control kit thats specific to the escort.
 

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I added factory cruise control to my 1995LX

I got my parts at a junk yard and installed them myself. If you can remove the parts from a car, you can install them. Junkyard parts is definately the way to go because you have the space and mounting holes for everything. Don't even bother calling the dealer, they want way too much money for their stuff. You also have the wiring for everything also except one small piece in the "multifunction switch". I did not replace my "multifunction switch", I added another piece of wire that I took from another "multifunction switch", even though the donor didn't have cruise control.

The hard part will be getting the steering wheel for cruise control with airbags, as there are very few of them at the junkyards. I sometimes see them on eBay cheap enough though.

You will need:
Steering wheel with buttons
Cruise control actuator
Cruise control actuator mounting brackets
Cruise control actuator cable
Electronic control box
Vacuum hoses and mounts
Gas pedal
Donor piece of wire from "multifunction switch"

You can not reuse your old steering wheel! I know it looks almost the same, but there is a cutout and mounting hole for the cruise control buttons that you will need.

Almost all the parts can come from any 1991-1996 Escort/Tracer except for the steering wheel which HAS to come from a 1995 or 1996 Escort (not GT either). The steering wheel buttons also can only come from a 1995 or 1996 Escort nonGT. Many other Fords have similiar buttons, but they are not the same (at least none in the junkyard I went to had any that were exactly the same).

The cruise control actuator can probably come come from any Ford car built withing a certain time frame, but the cable should come from an Escort/Tracer with the 1.9L engine and the actuator mounts from any 1991-1996 Escort/Tracer.

I did not reuse any of the nuts/bolts for anything I installed under the hood. Go to a good hardware store and get metric stainless steel bolts and use them instead. If you don't have a good hardware store, Lowes carries metric stainless steel nuts and washers.

It helps if you have the service manual because when you do the steering wheel stuff you need to pull 2 fuses so that you can't accidentally set of your air bag. One of them is under the hood and the other is in the fuse panel.

It was not particualrly hard to do any of this, just tedious. You do not have to do it all at one either. I installed the electronic module a month before I did everything else.

It helps to take pictures of some of the cars in the junkyard. The only thing I did wrong was that I put in a vacuum line backwards (it had a one way thing in it). Once I reversed that it worked perfectly.

And yes, I use it every day now and love my cruise control!
 

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My factory cruise on my 91 EGT has started to surge and back off. It does this continuously when the cruise is on. I've looked under the hood and I don't see anything that is out of place or broken. Could this be a physical problem with on of the componants or maybe a vaccum leak?
 

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I have put a lot of cruises on small cars and theres nothing you can do to make them work smooth like a car with a larger engine because of insufficient vacuum volume. The best way to go is get an all electric unit that doesn't use vacuum. I had one on my Focus and it worked a lot better. JC Whitney sells one.
 

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My cruise control works perfectly smooth, and it's a mix of parts from at least 4 different cars in the junkyard.

If I were you i'd DL the service manual (from the sticky) and follow the troubleshooting steps..
 

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My cruise has started working fine again. I don't know if it's because the temperature has been under the freezing mark for the last week or not. It's supposed to go up to 50 on Wednesday. I'll be trying it out and posting the results here.
 

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I have a ghetto cruse control i can hit the on and off buttons at the same time and it will work my horn, why this happens i have no cluse and o yea it dont work either
 

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viperscort said:
I have a ghetto cruse control i can hit the on and off buttons at the same time and it will work my horn, why this happens i have no cluse and o yea it dont work either
Exactly what is ghetto cruise control?
 

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Looks like my car had a cold or something. Cause today it warmed up to about 50F and the cruise is still working fine. Go figure, it started surging about 3 weeks ago when it was really nice here. Then we got a cold snap last week and it started working fine again.
 
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