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Thread: Sure Grip Hand Controls = No Cruise Control?

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    Sure Grip Hand Controls = No Cruise Control?

    I had the Sure Grips installed in my 2005 Altima yesterday and once I got on the highway and went to hit cruise control, the set light just blinked and the cruise wouldn't work. I didn't discover this until after hours so I couldn't call the shop.

    Uh, the cruise control shouldn't have been disabled during the installation process should it? Able-bodies drive my car as well and the cruise control is pretty necessary. I intend to call the installer in the morning, but was just seeing if I could get an answer from the vet users. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wheelieboy
    the cruise control shouldn't have been disabled during the installation process should it?
    Mechanical brake/throttle hand controls don't have diddly squat to do with a car's electrical system. If you are sure that your cruise control worked before these guys did the install on your hand controls, then they need to fix what they broke. It may be as simple as a pinched or loose wire. In fact, it probably is, but they need to fix it.

    C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiger Racing
    Mechanical brake/throttle hand controls don't have diddly squat to do with a car's electrical system. If you are sure that your cruise control worked before these guys did the install on your hand controls, then they need to fix what they broke. It may be as simple as a pinched or loose wire. In fact, it probably is, but they need to fix it.

    C.
    Thanks. That's what I figured. It was working fine this past weekend before they did they install so I'll call them tomorrow. At first I thought they disengaged it because they had to, but then I thought "what happens when I'm doing a long distance drive and need to rest my hand?"

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    Your cruise control is probably working normally. I suspect the problem is that the weight of the Sure Grips is pushing down on the brake pedal enough to trip the switch for the brake lights. Normally, this switch turns on the brake lights and cancels the cruise control. (If you notice other motorists are staring at you, it may be that your brake lights are on all the time).

    Your vendor may be able to eliminate this by adjusting the linkage. When I was a driver rehab specialist, this was a problem in my evaluation sedan. I attached a spring between the bottom of the dash panel and the top of the brake pedal. A mini bungee cord would also work.

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    I have Suregrips & use cruise every day.

    Did they do any other mods around the steering column?
    i.e. additional horn switch or high beams?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiger Racing
    Mechanical brake/throttle hand controls don't have diddly squat to do with a car's electrical system. If you are sure that your cruise control worked before these guys did the install on your hand controls, then they need to fix what they broke. It may be as simple as a pinched or loose wire. In fact, it probably is, but they need to fix it.

    C.
    ^^ what she said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI_OTR
    Your cruise control is probably working normally. I suspect the problem is that the weight of the Sure Grips is pushing down on the brake pedal enough to trip the switch for the brake lights. Normally, this switch turns on the brake lights and cancels the cruise control. (If you notice other motorists are staring at you, it may be that your brake lights are on all the time).

    Your vendor may be able to eliminate this by adjusting the linkage. When I was a driver rehab specialist, this was a problem in my evaluation sedan. I attached a spring between the bottom of the dash panel and the top of the brake pedal. A mini bungee cord would also work.
    for the insane installation upcharge that dealers charge for hand controls, this is an unacceptable explanation, even if remotely possible.

    besides, if this were the case, his tail lights would be on 24/7.

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    SCI OTR-The brakes lights aren't on constantly. I wish it were that simple.

    The only other mod is the spinner knob, but that wouldn't affect anything. When I try to use cruise control, the set light on the dash just flickers repeatedly. I spoke with the installer this morning and of course he said it could be a factory issue, but they would take a look at it. I explained very firmly that it was all working fine before they did the install.

    What I really hate was that I had to pay $350 for a pedal block I didn't need. The driving evaluator said they were required because of the tone in my legs. I didn't think I did because it isn't that serious, but what can you do. Well, the block was installed in my car and guess what? I couldn't even fit in the car with the thing installed. I just took it off and tossed it in the trunk. My feet fit fine in the car without them and there is no obstruction near the pedals. The installer of course had to abide by the evaluator recommendations. Go figure...it's a conspiracy, dammit! The total job hit me for $1700 bucks!

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    I still suspect your problem has to do with the interaction of your cruise control and the switch it uses to sense that the brake is applied. Maybe they caused a short or maybe there are different switches for the cruise and brake lights. Have you tried pulling the lever towards you while setting the cruise?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI_OTR
    I still suspect your problem has to do with the interaction of your cruise control and the switch it uses to sense that the brake is applied. Maybe they caused a short or maybe there are different switches for the cruise and brake lights. Have you tried pulling the lever towards you while setting the cruise?
    See the Life Forum under "A Very Close Call"--it was much bigger problem than that....

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