1986 FORD F-150 CRUISE CONTROL AND HORN

  • Tiny
  • theblackcat
  • 1986 Ford F-150
  • 98,000 miles

The cruse control and horn do not work, nor does the tilt steering wheel. 1986 Small block V-8 Lariat XLT, Long bed, Manual Transmission (4 speed), 4 wheel drive
I would like to know if this is a common problem, and if so what could be the problem? The horn will work if hot wired to the battery. Every thing else is working but the A/C. Don't care about the A/C, just the horn and cruise control.

Friday, August 9th, 2013 AT 2:28 PM

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  • Tiny
  • Wrenchtech
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Are the cruise control switches in the steering wheel?

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Friday, August 9th, 2013 AT 3:10 PM
  • Tiny
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Yes the cruise control switches/buttons are in the steering wheel. The tilt wheel should work with the turn signal, and it does not, but I assume that the cruise control, horn and that are all some how connected.

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Friday, August 9th, 2013 AT 3:51 PM
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You likely have a bad Voltage supply brush in the steering column or it's related wiring. That is a rotating contact that provides uninterrupted power to everything on the steering wheel. If you had an airbag, that light would be on also.

In later models it's called a Clockspring and a lot more reliable.

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Friday, August 9th, 2013 AT 4:03 PM
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Thanks! Is it easy to fix and where exactly is it in the steering column? No airbags.

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Friday, August 9th, 2013 AT 4:09 PM
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Being that it's a tilt wheel, that makes it much more difficult and requires a few special tools. I wouldn't recommend trying this yourself. It has some real high power springs in there also.

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Friday, August 9th, 2013 AT 4:13 PM

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