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Troubleshooting the Cruise Control of a Chevy Silverado

by Diana Braun

The Chevy Silverado is a full-size pickup truck manufactured and sold by the General Motors Company. The truck first went into production in 1998 and is still being produced (as of 2011). The vehicle has a cruise control device that lets the driver set and maintain a constant speed. This means the driver can operate the truck without having to work the accelerator pedal. This feature is best suited for long trips on straight roads. The proper steps must be taken to operate the cruise control feature.

Step 1

Check your speed. The vehicle must be traveling at least 25 mph or faster for the cruise control to work.

Step 2

Take your foot off the brake. The cruise control turns off or will not engage when the brakes are applied.

Step 3

Press the start button on the cruise control, which looks like a lever switch. It's located on either the left or right side of the steering wheel. You must first activate the cruise control to engage this feature. Depress the accelerator pedal and hold at the desired speed. Press the "SET" button located to the left of the steering wheel. Take your foot off the accelerator to set the speed.

Take your Silverado to an authorized Chevy dealership or mechanic if the cruise control fails to engage. The cruise control module may be going bad and needs to be replaced.

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