Just after I’d finished replacing the engine my windscreen wipers decided to call it day. Driving along a flat piece of road just before dark the wipers and washers decided to come on of their own accord with the switch in the OFF position.
It seems that my intermittent wiper control function had failed short circuit there somewhere, wasn’t hard to yank the connectors off the washer and wipers and carry on back home. Searching for a new windscreen wiper control module saw my parents standing in a wrecker close to their home fetching me some parts (thanks Mum & Dad!). Unbeknown to them the wiper and headlight stalk was being pulled out of a petrol automatic 4Runner, which is very close but not quite the same as a Hilux.
Anyway my parents dropped off the newly acquired part and I got my first look at it. There was one very obvious difference and that was the clock work spring and indicator cancelling mechanisms were different.
Looking closely it took me all of 10 seconds to realise that the clock work spring in this wiper mechanism had switches in the steering wheel, the question was what type; cruise control or radio?
Well that saw my parents back at the Wrecker the following morning to retrieve the attached steering wheel. I got an excited telephone call to tell me it was the cruise control switches. Yippee !!! Had we waited 10 minutes longer we’d have missed out, the second customer through the door of the wrecker that day was after the same steering wheel; Mine, all mine, Shooo !!!
The steering wheel on closer inspection had a loose grip which is unfortunately defect-able (but common) here in South Australia. So a visit to a local motor trimmer saw the steering wheel repaired. The best part is the cost of paying someone to repair the wheel was the same as buying a kit to do it myself off eBay; the difference is that I paid someone who knew what they were doing to effect the repair !
The steering wheel and wiper assemblies on 4Runner’s and Hilux’s are readily interchangeable so with a bit of disassembly, un-plugging, re-plugging and re-assembly my Hilux now sports cruise control switches in the steering wheel. You wouldn’t know it didn’t come without them,.
Searching the net I’ve found a number of after market cruise control systems that are easy to retro-fit to many different vehicles. All that is required is a speed sensor, clutch switch, tap the brake circuit, plug things together and mount some switches close to the steering wheel.
I’ve got I’ve got a feeling that I can pull a brake switch assembly out of another Hilux and mount this to the clutch pedal for not many $$$. That would just leave me with mounting a vacuum actuator (some are servo based) and wiring the thing together. I can see another project in the wind.. At least I have the “factory” steering wheel switches already sorted.