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Old 06-11-2008, 06:02 PM   #1
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How To: Install Cruise Contol

Project Description
Install GM Cruise Control by removing steering wheels and replacing multifunction control handle.

Skill Level
Moderate

Project Vehicle
Make: Chevrolet
Model: Colorado
Year: 2005
Engine: 2.8L
Power windows: No
Sun Roof: No


Tool Needed
3/4" socket

Parts Needed
manual transmission cruise control stem part number: #15135024
automatic transmission cruise control stem part number: #15281884



Project Time
1 to 2 hours

Project Cost
$150 or less

Also check out it will help with steering wheel removal. http://www.355nation.net/forum/how-t...heel-swap.html

Yes are trucks are preprogrammed to have cruise control even though you don't have the control stem for it. No computer updates needed. All you have to do is install the multifunction control switch for it.


http://parts.nalleygmc.com/showAssem...roduct=2800234

I recently did this mod and verified the steps taken to ensure this information is not only accurate but easy to understand. This mod took a little over an hour and could be done quicker depending how long it takes you to perform the airbag release step.

Keep in mind there is two different versions of this part, one for manual transmissions and one for automatics. You can find them on gmpartsdirect.com and also on ebay.

ebay link: eBay Motors: CHEVROLET GMC COLORADO / CANYON CRUISE KIT (item 8008588944 end time Mar-07-08 05:01:47 PST)


STEPS TO TAKE

1. Deactivating The Air Bag.

- Disable Battery Connection to the truck to ensure Airbag safety. I would leave it unplugged for 30 minutes before you begin.

- I recommend removing kick panel below steering wheel where you knees are while sitting in your seat. This will allow better access to the harnesses you need to take apart to begin.

- Unplug the yellow wiring harness (airbag harness) that is located above the flat grey harness up and under the dash. This is located above the flat gray harness with the blue clamp. Airbag now disabled.

-Unplug grey harness with blue clamp (kinda tricky). This is all of the controls involved in the multifunction switch (wipers, brights, cruise, etc.)

-There are two more harnesses (a small black one and a small green on) that need to be unfastened also. My truck had a green one on the left hand side of the steering column and did not have the black one. That one might be there for other features and you might have it. If you can't find it don't worry because the whole thing won't come out if you don't disconnect it. So if you have it you will see it later.

- Remove the three screws from the bottom of the steering wheel shroud. This shold make the trim around the steering column very loose feeling. The upper and lower shroud unsnap from each other...so just pull at them a bit and theyll com apart without hurting anything. Removing this now will provide you with better sight of everything you must do.

2. Air Bag Inflator Module

- What a pain in the butt this is.......this is the hardest thing and the most time consuming thing to do in this whole mission.

The air bag is attached to the wheel by two spring type clamps. There are access holes on the backside of the steering wheel where these clamps can be seen. I used a 1/4" socket extension (or you could use just about anything that will fit in there) inserted it through the access hole, placed it in the spring and pushed inward...this released the airbag from the wheel.

I know that is a poor description, but its kind of like removing a manual window crank. Picture pushing the cotter pin on the window crank off of the shaft...that might give you a better idea of what you're going for.

Once you get the airbag detached, unclip the two tiny wiring harnesses (pink and yellow above) and the horn wire (black in the same picture above) and take the airbag somewhere safe and cool for awhile.

3. Steering wheel removal

The steering wheel is held on by a single 3/4" nut. Mine was not on to the point where I had to lock the steering wheel from rotatating, but it is a good idea to make a mark on both the steering column and the wheel so that you are sure that your steering wheel is aligned correctly when reinstalling.

4. Airbag Coil, and Multifunction Switch replacement.

- Next comes the swap. There are only three screws holding the multifunction switch / coil in place. You can see the screw holes (lower left, lower right, and upper right). Remove the screws from these locations and the coil and switch arm will come loose from the steering column. Make sure that you have undone all 4 wiring harnesses before pulling too hard on it).

5. Reassembly

- Coil/Switch...This just sets on as the old one was, and the screw holes only line up in the correct orientation. If you ordered a new one from gmpartsdirect or the dealership, it will have a "centering tab" that needs to be removed AFTER it is bolted in. The centering tab is the white thing in the picture above located at about 7 o'clock on the airbag coil. Just pull it towards you, and it'll slide out. The purpose of this from what i can see, is that it centers the rotation of the coil so that the blinkers switch off at the right time after turing. It makes it so that the operation of the blinker coordinated correctly with the turning of the wheel.

When you put the coil/switch on, make sure that the wires that extend from it are oriented in the proper direction. The large bundle down the steering column, the yellow bundle down the steering column, the small long black down the column, and the three short ones where they can be plugged back into the airbag/horn module. Just make things easier on yourself later on.

- Steering wheel...as I said before, this goes on with a single nut (3/4"). I torqued it down pretty well, but no more than i could do without locking the steering wheel. The shrouds snap back together around the column...keep in mind my truck is a manual and didn't have to worry about the shifter boot on the column here. Replace the three screws in the bottom of the trim/shroud.

- Plug the inflator module back in (2 for the airbag and 1 for the horn) I'm sure its important to match colors on the bag as they were before. The module goes on way better than it comes off...just put it in position, and push it on. The springs automatically lock it in place. Make sure that both sides are locked in. If it feels normal to hit the horn...then its on ok.

- Connect all 3 (or 4) wiring harnesses under the dash again (Black, Green, Yellow, Gray).

- Reconnect the battery.

- Turn the key to the on position...if the airbag light flashes 7 times, you're good to go. If it does not flash at all, then something is wrong with the SIR system.

- Start it up and test all of the functions of the new switch, and the horn. Everything should work right away.

Please feel free to contact me, SC and jordanpierce21. We have all done this mod with perfect results.
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Re: How To: Install Cruise Control

Nice write up. I would have to say it is one of the best modifications I have done.
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Re: How To: Install Cruise Control

I got rid of the old thread because it had too much bad info like not pulling the steering wheel.
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awesome! might consider doing this sometime
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Re: How To: Install Cruise Control

sweet D! i will have to do this soon!
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Re: How To: Install Cruise Control

Hey guys, I see theres a difference between automatic and manual but does it make a difference whether or not the column has tilt? Just want to make sure before I go pick one up. Thanks.
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Re: How To: Install Cruise Control

nope mine doesnt have tilt and ive done this mod
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k, sweet. Thx!
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Re: How To: Install Cruise Control

I just did mine over the weekend, picked up the switch for $45 on ebay. Best $45 ive spent on the truck. It works great. If you need any help let me know wheelklown.
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sweet deal im thinking about puttin cruise controll in my truck, thnx for the tips
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Thanks Parker, Im going to pick one up soon. I cant wait to have cruise again!!!
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Re: How To: Install Cruise Control

Thankfully mine had cruise when I bought it!

But it sounds like an easy mod, great write up Doug!
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Re: How To: Install Cruise Control

i think have 2 stems with the cruize control on it if anyone wants to buy em ill sell em for 15 + watever shipping is. doesnt have a clock spring tho so ull have to splice the green wire and reconnect it to this switch otherwize its pretty explanitory like what the how to says.
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Great write up!

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NOTE: GMpartsdirect says Part number 15281884 was superseded by part number 15906128


I emailed them and they said the following based on my VIN:

"Thank you. Per your supplied VIN, here is the part number you requested.

15281883 Turn signal, headlamp dimmer, windshield wiper/windshield washer
switch. Includes airbag coil and wiring harness. Part number 15906128 is
not shown to be used on the VIN supplied."

I'm guessing that's what's on the vehicle now.

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Got the new switch last night (new) and was able to install it OK. Everything works EXCEPT for cruise =(.

It's a 2004 Colorado, Automatic.

The new switch had exactly the same connectors as the old one. I checked the cruise fuse under the hood and it's there and not blown.

I believe I'm engaging it correctly; push the cruise switch in to the on position (I) from off (0). Get vehicle up to speed (50mph) and then press the button on the end of the switch. I've tried press, press-hold, etc...

Any other ideas?
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thats pretty much it, turn switch on, then push button on the end to set it. I don't know what it could be.
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I noticed the recall issues related to cruise control not working and brake lights also not working. I checked the brake lights and they are working fine. I don't think it is related to the recall about the brake light. Should I call GM to see if the recall was done on the truck?


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I found this old thread which says if the truck doesn't have a tilt steering wheel (which mine doesn't), then cruise wont work?

http://coloradofans.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=8213

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Question about tilt wheel and cruise

I can't imagine that anything on the steering column is different with a tilt vs. non-tilt with respect to cruise control. Maybe just the computer needs to be programmed to know about the new cruise switch that is installed?

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My column isn't tilt and my cruise works. It's got to be something else.
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any thing new on this mine quit so im going to replace it
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Got the new switch last night (new) and was able to install it OK. Everything works EXCEPT for cruise =(.

It's a 2004 Colorado, Automatic.

The new switch had exactly the same connectors as the old one. I checked the cruise fuse under the hood and it's there and not blown.

I believe I'm engaging it correctly; push the cruise switch in to the on position (I) from off (0). Get vehicle up to speed (50mph) and then press the button on the end of the switch. I've tried press, press-hold, etc...

Any other ideas?
I finally have the cruise control working. Had to bring it to the dealer who worked with Chevy for about a week. Chevy kept telling the dealer that it couldn't be added to my vehicle which was a "fleet vehicle"?

Apparently, the dealer ended up having to install an additional power/control wire to the ECU. I'm not sure what he actually had to add but it was something along those lines. Cruise control now works great with the exception of the cruise control lamp on the instrument gauges which doesn't light up. I'm not sure if it's missing the bulb from the factory or some other issue (honestly, i really don't need it). If I have the time I'll pull the cluster and see if it's just the bulb.

Anyway, I'll try to find out more as to what the dealer had to add. I know he said that reprogramming the ECU was not necessary.

Thanks again for the help!
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