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Cruise control fires, brake switch repair?

I've looked for information if my "97" 7.3 is among the recalls. on the consumer affairs site they say Ford is behind on doing the repairs. Can I install a fuse in the wiring if that is what's needed? Is there a kit or plug in I can buy to fix it professionaly so stays fixed good?
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Yes Ford sells a kit to fix your problem. It's about 35.00. I had a 95 7.3 and the cruise quit. Found out the switch on the front of the master had a pin hole in it and thats were these fires were coming from on so many trucks. Changed the switch and it fixed it. The kit comes with a new switch and a small wiring harness that plugs in to your old harness. There is no fuse to plug in or anything else. Its simple to do.
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I thought I read That A fuse needs to be installed on the wire near the master cyl ?
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bsutton2000 is correct as far as I know. I had the same problem on my 96. Went to the dealer and got a new switch, it comes with a new pigtail which is longer than the original.

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New to the site and came across this post,I have a 95 PSD F-350 and the cruise doesn't work.I wonder if my truck has the same problem,first I've heard about it thanks to the post.Thanks for the info.
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Welcome. Where does a yankee rebel live?

This is the last info I have on the the recall: The F-150 pickup has been recalled. The F-150 has power on the brake switch 24/7. Parked in an attached garage it can start a fire that will burn a home, truck and family anytime. The diesel is hot only in the run position. No recall. (We are suppose to see smoke and put it out without damage :shrug: ???)

The entire switch was replaced in the first recalls. Now only a pigtail is added with a fuse. Naturally it's cheaper than an entire switch.

Why does it leak at all? Seal failure, common rubber swells and contracts more than rubber compounds and fails quicker. (AKA made as cheap as possible.) Why will brake fluid burn? Apparently it's a liquid that conducts like water does and is flamable. The right conditions for combustion exist with 12V inside a switch when leaking fluid makes a ground. There is no fuse or circuit breaker designed in the circuit. Fully battery voltage flows until a battery is dead in this circuit. That can cause enough heat for ignition or not.

If anyone has updated info please post.
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Welcome. Where does a yankee rebel live?

This is the last info I have on the the recall: The F-150 pickup has been recalled. The F-150 has power on the brake switch 24/7. Parked in an attached garage it can start a fire that will burn a home, truck and family anytime. The diesel is hot only in the run position. No recall. (We are suppose to see smoke and put it out without damage :shrug: ???)

The entire switch was replaced in the first recalls. Now only a pigtail is added with a fuse. Naturally it's cheaper than an entire switch.

Why does it leak at all? Seal failure, common rubber swells and contracts more than rubber compounds and fails quicker. (AKA made as cheap as possible.) Why will brake fluid burn? Apparently it's a liquid that conducts like water does and is flamable. The right conditions for combustion exist with 12V inside a switch when leaking fluid makes a ground. There is no fuse or circuit breaker designed in the circuit. Fully battery voltage flows until a battery is dead in this circuit. That can cause enough heat for ignition or not.

If anyone has updated info please post.
This is wrong because I've just had it replaced about Four months ago and Ford puts the switch and the pig tail in.
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Thanks for the reply RacerX on the cruise control matter.The Yankee Rebel comes from the fact that I was born and raised in NC.I found out that my great-great grandfather was an officer in the Union army.I have spent all my life flying the Stars and Bars along with Old Glory.My PSD Hammerbanger is a two tone Blue and Gray.Also my wife is from up North and we live in Fla where the Yankees and Rebels live in perfect harmony{and retirement}.I'm not a convert,I'll always be Southern deep down,but I have learned in the end we're all Americans and that's what's important.Time to get off the soap box,thanks again for the help. Yankee Rebel
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Welcome. Where does a yankee rebel live?

This is the last info I have on the the recall: The F-150 pickup has been recalled. The F-150 has power on the brake switch 24/7. Parked in an attached garage it can start a fire that will burn a home, truck and family anytime. The diesel is hot only in the run position. No recall. (We are suppose to see smoke and put it out without damage :shrug: ???)

The entire switch was replaced in the first recalls. Now only a pigtail is added with a fuse. Naturally it's cheaper than an entire switch.

Why does it leak at all? Seal failure, common rubber swells and contracts more than rubber compounds and fails quicker. (AKA made as cheap as possible.) Why will brake fluid burn? Apparently it's a liquid that conducts like water does and is flamable. The right conditions for combustion exist with 12V inside a switch when leaking fluid makes a ground. There is no fuse or circuit breaker designed in the circuit. Fully battery voltage flows until a battery is dead in this circuit. That can cause enough heat for ignition or not.

If anyone has updated info please post.
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Racerx: That was the same info I received when this recall came out. I remember MSN.com putting an article together and part of that either had the information or a link, but the DIESEL trucks were not included in the recall. As mentioned by RacerX, the same problem could occur on diesels, just not while parked in the garage in the off position. Knowing how the circuit works, the updated pigtail should prevent problems in both cases (diesel vs. gas trucks). Sure would be handy if someone posted a link to the Ford issued recall to clear this one up. So far, I have only read people had them changed, not officially recalled.:shrug:

I have been too chicken to make the statement regarding what the recall covers and was waiting for someone with better info to chime in. Done.
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I read the recall info when it came out. We also have an F-150 in the family. A recall letter was sent from Ford for that truck about June. In the letter it had the vehicles covered. Diesel's were not. If they have changed it, I should be getting 2 more letters.

Some have posted about only getting the pigtail and no switch in the 150 forums. Ford put a new switch and no pigtail on our 150.
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