1990 Legacy (MT) Cruise Control Troubleshooting?

Discussion in 'Subaru Legacy' started by J. Kleimeyer, Dec 19, 2003.

  1. J. Kleimeyer

    J. Kleimeyer Guest


    I have a 1990 Legacy (Manual Trans), and the cruise control has suddenly
    stopped working. When I turn on the main dashboard suitch, I hear a
    click on the passenger side (relay?), but nothing happens when I use the
    switch on the steering column to activate it.

    Does anyone have any troubleshooting ideas which will help me locate the


    J. Kleimeyer, Dec 19, 2003
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  2. J. Kleimeyer

    John Eyles Guest

    Does anyone have any troubleshooting ideas which will help me locate the
    I'll be willing to bet money that it's the "pedal stop" on the clutch
    pedal. It's a little white nylon gizmo that presses into a hole near
    the top of the pedal arm and presses against a fixed switch when the
    pedal is not depressed. On mine, it failed after 50K miles or so
    (the switch just mangles the pedal stop). The replacements have
    been failing at an even greater rate, and I've finally just taped
    a penny in place of mine and it works fine.

    I cannot explain it. Maybe a batch of pedal stops got mfg'ed from
    faulty (too soft) nylon ? I mean, my first one lasted a reasonable
    amount of time, but some of the replacements have lasted only a
    few months. Or maybe my clutch pdeal return spring is way too
    strong, but I haven't noticed anything weird except the pedal is kinda
    squeaky. Or maybe it's something about my driving style ?

    Good luck, John
    John Eyles, Dec 19, 2003
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  3. J. Kleimeyer

    J. Kleimeyer Guest


    That possibility never crossed my mind. I will take a look at it in the
    morning. Thanks for the heads-up.

    J. Kleimeyer, Dec 20, 2003
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