Cruise Control problems of the 1996 Ford F-150

24 problems related to cruise control have been reported for the 1996 Ford F-150. The most recently reported issues are listed below.

car   Cruise Control problem 1
Failure Date: 05/13/2010

1996 Ford F-150 truck burst into flames while it was turned off and was sitting for 5 days. Fire inspector determined the origin of fire was at the master solenoid of the brake system. The cruise control, which had stopped working one week prior to the event, rests on the master brake solenoid. . The cruise control has been recalled on this vehicle. The owner had not received a recall from the Ford company. The truck is a total loss with both engine and cab completely engulfed in flames. The house that was approx. Five feet away was damaged.

car   Cruise Control problem 2
Failure Date: 01/25/2007

- the contact owns a 1996 Ford F-150. The contact stated the vehicle caught on fire ,and he felt that the failure was related to recall#05v388000, speed control deactivation switch. The contact heard that they will not honor the recall unless the contact paid for the labor.

car   Cruise Control problem 3
Failure Date: 08/18/2006

Denton, texas. Recently purchased used 1996 Ford f 150 truck, sat in work parking lot under a shade tree from 7:30 am-3:15 pm. . . And engine compartment burst into flames, destroying the truck. I was notified at 3:20 that my truck was on fire which was not able to be put out with hand extinguishers. Fire dept was called, broke windows to put out fire inside the cab. Truck was totally burned out from cab forward. Police were called, but refused to come. Fire marshall in did not respond to call. Message was left on answering machine. Shade tree was burned, but vehicles nearby were moved prior to any involvement. No personal injuries occurred.

car   Cruise Control problem 4
Failure Date: 04/19/2006

The contact owns a 1996 Ford f150. The contact stated that she has been waiting two years for Ford to repair the cruise control on her vehicle. Nhtsa campaign id number 05v388000 (vehicle speed control) was issued in 2005 and the contact had the cruise control deactivated in may of 2006. She called Ford several times to find out when the parts would be available for the recall repair. The dealer keeps providing different dates and the parts are still unavailable. When the contact was recently informed that her local dealer did not have the parts, Ford prompted her to consult other dealers; however, none were in close proximity. There had been no failure to date. The purchase date and powertrain were unknown. The current mileage was 140,000.

car   Cruise Control problem 5
Failure Date: 09/10/2005

Dt: the contact states his vehicle caught fire in the engine compartment while the engine was turned off. The vehicle had been parked for approximately an hour and a half. The fire spread damaging two additional vehicles that were parked nearby. The fire department came and distinguished the fire. The vehicle was deemed total loss by the insurance agency. Afterwards he received a recall letter NHTSA campaign id number 05v017000 involving the speed control deactivation switch. No repairs could be made due to the extensive damage.

car   Cruise Control problem 6
Failure Date: 09/08/2005

My client's 1996 Ford F-150 caught fire and was completely destroyed while it was parked in his driveway; its VIN 1ftef15y6tlb17285 -- he requests an investigation of the same or more information as to Fords policy as to vehicles destroyed by fire before the recall.

car   Cruise Control problem 7
Failure Date: 09/01/2005

The contact states there is NHTSA recall 05v388000 concerning the vehicle speed control deactivation switch . The part needed to repair his vehicle is not available at the local dealership. The contact spoke to manufacturer, who confirmed that the parts were not available at this time.

car   Cruise Control problem 8
Failure Date: 08/15/2005

Faulty cruise control switch fire on my 1996 Ford F-150 pick-up. The fire started this morning about 2 hours after I got to work today. This is the same problem that I am aware of with the 2000 F-150's but my truck is a 1996 and I have never had to replace the switch. I bought the truck in 1997 when it was about a year old. The Ford-Smart web site said to contact you if any other years than 2000 had this same problem.

car   Cruise Control problem 9
Failure Date: 06/28/2005

1996, Ford f150 pickup truck caught on fire while parked outside of the garage and the engine was not running. The truck had not been driven for at least 2 hours prior. The last time it driven was on short trip to a local gas station in which the fuel tank was filled up. Consumer was notified by a passing driver, who was in the neighborhood and knocked on the door to alert them, that truck parked in the driveway on fire. Consumer's husband and the passer by tried to put out the fire with a water hose and fire extinguishers. However, they were unsuccessful. The fire department came and put the fire out. The fire began on the left front driver's side near steering wheel. The firemen noted it smelled electrical in nature, and that the heat from fire was most extensive and contained in heat on the driver's side. The cab was burned extensively. The bed was intact, and no fire was able to reach to the gasoline tanks. The heat from fire was so extensive that left driver's side tire melted as well as the interior. Consumer spoke to Ford on 4 different occasions , who promised that someone will contact consumer through their legal department and someone may come out and look into the causes of the fire and damages. But this has yet to happen. No repairs were done. The vehicle was totaled. . There was only 68,000 miles on the vehicle.

car   Cruise Control problem 10
Failure Date: 06/18/2005

1)cruise control stopped working several months ago 2)1996 F-150 parked in drive way, got in truck and could not get out of park. Looked under hood, found cruise control switch and electrical connector burnt up. The brake reservoir was seared from cruise control burning up. If it had burned thru the reservoir, the truck might have caught on fire. 3)truck has not been fixed yet, dealer said I should contact Ford, emailed Ford about fixing truck, no response yet.

car   Cruise Control problem 11
Failure Date: 06/12/2005

I have a 1996 F-150 that the cruise control quit working onseveral months ago. Yesterday, the fuse that supplies power to the "brake pressure switch" blew. I found brake fluid in the electrical connector of the "brake pressure switch. " why is this vehicle not part of the recall for this part? my dealer syas he has a replacement switch, but I am hesitant to buy. Think I'll just leave it unplugged for now.

car   Cruise Control problem 12
Failure Date: 06/02/2005

1996 Ford f150 had made a short trip to home depot. Approximately 1 hr. Later I smelled what seemed like burning tar. I looked and there was a large amount of smoke coming from under my hood. . Upon inspection I found the cruise control brake switch smoking profusely, a small flame. And extremely hot. I unplugged it and the immediate problem stopped. . The switch is burnt and melted. If I had not been outside and found this even 5 minutes later. I would now have a burned truck. This is the same switch that Ford has recalled on the 2000 models. And admitted to having a problem as far back as the 97 models. But not on 96. I have checked their web site and there is no recall on this year. I will be taking it to the local Ford dealership soon. . But was wondering if you had any more complaints on this model for this problem.

car   Cruise Control problem 13
Failure Date: 05/05/2005

Callers truck burned up. No warning of any kind. Local dealer said there was no recall or anything on truck. Manufacturer has not been contacted yet. Fire department came and put fire out. Report filed with fire department. Truck was totaled. The fire was a result of the cruise control device.

car   Cruise Control problem 14
Failure Date: 04/20/2005

I have a 1996 Ford F-150 pickup truck. The truck caught on fire on April 20, 2005, at a Ford repair facility, while it was there for repair. The fire initiated at the cruise control deactivation switch, which is located on the master brake cylinder. Items affected by the fire included the cruise control deactivation switch, the master brake cylinder and power brake diaphragm, melted covers, hoses and wiring, and burned and scorched the hood, pealing a large spot of the paint. The truck has just 77,986 miles. Photographs of the damage are available on request. Even though this switch is the same part, identified with the same part number by Ford, and the same design as that currently under recall in model years 2000 ? 2001, Ford has refused to pay for the repairs. I learned about this decision from a conversation I had with the service representative. The estimated cost for the repairs, using some used components, is about $1,000. When I called the parts department at the dealership, I was informed that the current switch is no longer available. It would be replaced with a new design, the same as on the recall for the 2000 ? 2001 models. The new part includes a switch (transducer), as well as a jumper cable containing a new diode and plug. The new part sells for $24. 29. It is fortunate that this fire occurred while the unit was parked outside of the repair facility. It would have been much more serious if it were inside the building, exposing the mechanics to smoke and fire. This truck is driven by my 18 year old daughter to and from school and around town. I had the truck in for repairs to be assured that when she started college next fall the unit would be reliable for her. Had this switch caused a fire while she was driving we could have lost her. That is just not acceptable! the recall should be expanded to include all of the units that have this cruise control deactivation switch. Too many people are at risk.

car   Cruise Control problem 15
Failure Date: 03/02/2005

Vehicle was parked in the garage for a few hours when all of a sudden it caught on fire on its own. Results showed that there was a short with the cruise control switch.

car   Cruise Control problem 16
Failure Date: 02/09/2005

Cruise control was inoperative. Dealership informed consumer that cruise control switch melted. The problem was not resolved. Consumer stated that sometimes the cruise control works and sometimes it doesn't. When the cruise control was turned off it would not come back on for a while.

car   Cruise Control problem 17
Failure Date: 01/08/2005

Cruise control started acting up one day,. It would unexplainably drop out periodically, causes vehicle to rapidly decelerate on freeway, resulting in unsafe conditons on busy intersate. Now cruise control quit working all together.

car   Cruise Control problem 18
Failure Date: 12/24/2004

The contact stated on 12-24-04 1996 Ford f150 caught on fire. The truck was sitting still at the time of the fire. The fire department and the police department were called. The fire originated under the hood. The truck was destroyed. The contact reported having no problems with the truck prior to the fire. He had not received a recall notice. Bought the car from a private individual. The contact called Ford since 8-4-05 and they kept saying they will call him back within 2-10 days. It has been more than a month and no one has returned the calls. The consumer's mother was taking car of all of her son's business affairs with the vehicle.

car   Cruise Control problem 19
Failure Date: 07/28/2003

The consumer stated that 1996 Ford f150 caught on fire and burned. The vehicle was parked and turned off in the consumer's driveway. The truck had been parked for about twenty to thirty minutes. The cruise control was used the day prior to turning off the truck. Everything on the truck was in working order. There were no prior problems with the truck. The fire started under the hood. The consumer could not tell for certain the location was where the fire started. The fire department told the consumers where the fire started. A reported was taken by the fire department. No injuries were reported. There was property damage to an outside building that the consumer owned. The consumer took pictures of the vehicle and could supply a copy of if needed. The fire department did not give any indication of what started the fire. The vehicle was completely destroyed.

car   Cruise Control problem 20
Failure Date: 07/23/2003

The cruise control cut out switch on my 1996 Ford F-150 caught on fire between noon 7/23 and 09:15 am 7/24/2005 while the vehicle was parked switch off in my garage. The brake fluid reservoir remained intact but was damaged by the fire. If it had dumped the fluid I should have lost my house ,my car and probably my life. This item has resulted in a recall on some late model trucks and SUV's but I was not notified that the same switch as the recall units was on my truck. Symptoms included the cruise control becoming inoperative a couple of weeks before the fire. Thanks t hogan.

car   Cruise Control problem 21
Failure Date: 07/02/2001

The top of the engine caught fire while the vehicle was parked. The consumer took the vehicle for an inspection. Results showed that there was a shortage with the cruise control wire.

car   Cruise Control problem 22
Failure Date: 06/25/1999

Cruise control increased vehicle speed. Wouldn't disengage.

car   Cruise Control problem 23
Failure Date: 05/01/1998

When cruise control was engaged and consumer applied the brakes the cruise control switch failed. The cause has yet to be determined.

car   Cruise Control problem 24
Failure Date: 01/01/1901

1996 Ford f150 caught on fire while parked. Truck burst into flames with ignition off. Truck had not been driven for approximately 30 days. Firewall held up pretty well keeping fire out of cab. The heat was so intense, the dash melted to the floor.

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