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Old 10-25-2013, 06:36 PM
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How To: Replace Cruise Control Switch

After hours of searching I couldn't find any DIY cruise control switch replacement guides for 08-10 Jeep GC 3.7L V6 so I'm gonna try and explain how I did mine. I'm not sure how relevant this is to any other model, but from what I've seen with others all same year should be similar.

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Before working anywhere on or near the airbags make sure and disconnect the negative terminal from the battery, wait two minutes, and then continue. Accidental airbag activation can cause serious bodily harm and or death. Doing the above step drains any residual power from the vehicle and prevents accidental activation.

Completion time est. 20 minutes.

-12mm socket and ratchet (to disconnect battery)
-Long Philips screwdriver
-Short Flathead screwdriver


Step One (Picture One and Two)
Insert flat head screwdriver between knee guard and upper portion of console and pry down gently. Perform this on both side of the steering column. It should swing down on some hinges.

Step Two (Picture Three)
Remove the three (3) Philips screws from underneath the steering column cover. The top and bottom part are clipped together so after removing the three screws gently pry apart the cover with the flat head.

Step Three (Picture Four)
On the back of the steering wheel at the 2, 10, and 6 o'clock positions near the center you will see or feel some small openings (a small mirror would sure come in handy here). NOTE: YOU WILL ALSO SEE SOME BLACK TABS STICKING OUT FROM BEHIND THE STEERINGS WHEEL, THESE ARE NOT THE TABS. TABS TO BE REMOVED ARE ON THE INSIDE AS IN THE PICTURE. There is a metal clip that has to be pressed up over the black retainer until it comes free. Simply insert the flathead between the metal clip and the hole wall and gently pry it over the black retainer. The holes can only be accessed when they are turned to the 12 o'clock position, so turn the steering wheel to do so. Do this to all three clips takings caution with the third as the airbag might come free and fall. Take extreme caution in not letting that happen as any force applied to the wiring of the airbag can cause a malfunction. I set the airbag on the steering wheel and left it connected.

Step Four-Cruise Control Removal (Picture Five)
The cruise control can be seen in picture five being held in place by three Philips head screws. Disconnect the wires and proceed to remove the screws. Once the screws are removed the switch can come out, it only comes out one way from the inside of the steering wheel.

Step Five-Insert New Cruise Control Switch (Not Pictured)
Insert the new switch just how the old one was taken out. Put screws in place and attach the wires.

Step Six-Insert airbag (Not Pictured)
The airbag is simple to re-insert. Simply align the metal tabs to the plastic tabs on the inside and press the airbag in firmly (as if you were laying down on the horn) You should hear it clip in. Give it a tug to be sure.

Replace the steering wheel column cover by clippings the parts together and then replacing the screws, then swings the knee guard back into place and close with some force so it will clip shut. (think of closings a glove box)

Don't forget to connect battery.

When all is done press the cruise control button to activate, a signal should illuminate on EVIC.

Hope this helps somebody.

Please forgive how its written as I couldn't figure out how to write in between the pictures.
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Thanks for this write up. My switch broke today on a long trip so its nice to have a how to.

Edit:. After doing this myself I wanted to say the procedure OP laid out was the same for my '08 Limited with the 5.7L.
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Re: How To: Replace Cruise Control Switch

I wish I had seen this before I started on my clock spring. Replacement for that was basically that same, plus a few extra steps.
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Re: How To: Replace Cruise Control Switch

Dear Sir. Great post. 07 jeep liberty. Thanks.
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