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Cruise Control Not Working

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#1 btrentel


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Posted 27 December 2004 - 12:16 PM

I took ownership of a 97 outback yesterday and the only think I have found that doesn't work is the Cruise Control.

The light on the dash goes on but the Cruise doesn't engage.

Does anyone have any tips on this type of problem.


#2 mattocs


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Posted 27 December 2004 - 03:20 PM

Manual or auto?

Check the clutch and brake pedals where they bump the button...it is like a little rubber disc that sometimes calls off or wears away.

#3 mwatt


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Posted 17 January 2005 - 03:54 PM

I took ownership of a 97 outback yesterday and the only think I have found that doesn't work is the Cruise Control.

The light on the dash goes on but the Cruise doesn't engage.

Does anyone have any tips on this type of problem.


Do all of the brake light bulbs (especially in the center hi-mounted stop light) work when you press the brake pedal? Cruise control monitors operation of brake lights --- if a bulb is out, cruise may not engage.

#4 Cougar


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Posted 17 January 2005 - 04:15 PM

I believe the cruise disengage switch is separate from the brake switch but mounted near the pedal. The adjustment is a common trouble for this so I would check that first.

#5 sillybilly


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Posted 23 June 2005 - 03:00 PM

Did you ever figure out how to fix this problem? I just bought a 96 5spd outback that has the same problem. The clutch was recently replaced and I don't know if it was good before that...Please let me know.


#6 Scottbaru


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Posted 23 June 2005 - 04:19 PM

On my '99 there was a bump-stop or something like it missing. The switch on the clutch pedal has a plunger that's pushed in when the pedal is up. The plunger was poking through the hole where the bump-stop used to be. The cruise control thought the clutch was in and wouldn't engage.

#7 tr3ntski


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Posted 23 June 2005 - 08:16 PM

Exactly, my 98 Forester had the same problem, a quick adjustment so the clutch pedal depresses the switch and the cruise works again. Cost to fix = FREE. :D

FYI - There should be a nut on either side of the bracket - if one is missing find one the right size to hold the switch in place. Sandwich the bracket between the nuts with the plunger through the hole.
(Damn that sounds sleazy but its the only way to properly describe it!) ;)

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Posted 30 July 2015 - 03:59 PM

After reading the comments, especially Scottbaru's, I went to the Subaru dealer. The part is called a "stopper." It costs $1.92. I ordered it and will get back to you all. In the mean time, I ducked taped a dime to cover the hole on the bracket, which the plunger goes through, on the pedal arm.

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Posted 10 October 2016 - 03:13 PM

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My problem was that the vacuum hose had come lose from (what I think is called) the servo. Popped it back on and presto, working like a champ. I think I jostled it loose when I was replacing my reverse light switch a couple of weeks ago. Checked the clutch pedal switch too, and the rubber stop thing is definitely about to wear out, so yea good to know...


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Posted 10 October 2016 - 03:31 PM

Yeah those rubber plugs fall apart all the time. Don't need a trip to the dealer though. Easy to fix if you have any plastic trim push-clips laying around.


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