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Cruise control Not On/Check rear Lights?

 
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Old 08-29-2011, 03:43 PM
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Default Cruise control Not On/Check rear Lights?

I get this message occasionally. I always seems to go away the next time I start my car. Any idea what may cause it and how the cruise control and the rear lights are related?
 
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Brake light switch is bad. Search the forum, there is plenty of info on this problem, and it is not too difficult or expensive to repair.
 
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Old 08-29-2011, 08:55 PM
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I disagree with the "not too difficult" part. I make videos of everything I do on the car, but the video of this was just three hours of me cussing and swearing and yelling. I didn't bother to post it. Removing the brake switch is a breeze, but putting it back in was nearly impossible for me. I even removed the driver's seat and laid on my back on the floor. I eventually got it back in, but it's not something I want to do again.
 
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:56 AM
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Based on your comments, last week, I had my indie shop guys replace the brake switch when they changed the tranny oil and filter. They told me it was a hard job and took two of them to do it, charged me $150 labor. It was money well spent to prevent having to lie on my back in the footwell. The rehab would have been much more.
 
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Originally Posted by Reverend Sam View Post
I disagree with the "not too difficult" part. I make videos of everything I do on the car, but the video of this was just three hours of me cussing and swearing and yelling. I didn't bother to post it. Removing the brake switch is a breeze, but putting it back in was nearly impossible for me. I even removed the driver's seat and laid on my back on the floor. I eventually got it back in, but it's not something I want to do again.
I would guess that I got lucky. I had read the posts (Brake Switch Replacement How-To (W/ Pics) FAQ) which I found very helpful, espessially the chopsticks suggestion. After your post, I was reluctant, but based on your experience, I removed the seat at the start. I now that sometimes, regardless of what I am working on, car, house, etc, I have tried things that should be simple, and they are really difficult, and other times some stuff that should be really difficult aren't that bad. Maybe it is the alignment of the planets or something.
 
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I think my biggest problem was that I wasn't depressing the brake pedal when trying to reinstall the switch. I was pressing it down as far as I could, but without the engine running there was no boost, therefore the brake pedal would only move an inch or so. I eventually got smart and started the car, and after doing that I was able to get the switch in place. If I did it all over again it might be easier. It's not something I want to do over, however.
 
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Chopsticks!
 
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Going back thru the threads on the "Cruise control inop/Check rear lights" warnings, I finds your info. I have had my shop replace the switch, and now after a second switch(obviously, good switch), the light is still coming on), have you seen/heard of any other problems that would cause this warning to persist?. This is something that I can live with on my 2006 XK8 if need be, but would not like to. I see that there is a possible connection to the head light leveling switch, and will try to check this out, also some possible tie in to the switches in the 'J gate' shifter. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
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