Troubleshooting a Nissan Pathfinder Cruise Control

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Troubleshooting a Nissan Pathfinder Cruise Control
Switch the cruise control system off on winding or hilly roads. (freeway image by Fabio Barni from

Nissan Pathfinder cruise control systems let drivers lift their foot off the accelerator pedal while allowing the car to continue at speed. The system is sometimes called Speed Control. Problems with the system can include it not maintaining speed, not switching on at all, loss of control and unexpected behaviour. Follow some troubleshooting steps to correct these issues.

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    Turn the Nissan's cruise control on at speeds between 25 and 89 MPH only. The system won't work at lower, or higher speeds. Use the "On/"Off switch. The "Cruise" indicator light will illuminate in the instrument cluster when the system is on. Avoid switching on the cruise control in heavy traffic or traffic that moves at varying speeds if the Pathfinder goes too fast, or too slowly for the conditions. Wait until traffic thins.

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    Switch the cruise control system off on winding or hilly roads if the car's handling is unexpected, the car doesn't maintain speed, or the cruise control doesn't otherwise work as expected. Slippery, snowy or icy roads can cause loss of control. Wind can also be a problem. Avoid using the cruise control.

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    Avoid tapping the brake pedal if the Pathfinder loses speed. The brake pedal cut off is designed to allow the speed to drop in anticipation of a reset. Push and hold the "Coast" switch if the vehicle slows down and you want to cruise at that slowed speed. Push and release the "Accel/Res" switch to resume the last set cruising speed.

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