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Hi All,

I had the issue with intermittent functioning cruise control and found the info here on how to keep it working by pushing the gear lever in 6th the the left to keep it working, (i have right hand steering wheel). The diagnosis was to replace the neutral position switch on the gearbox. I struggled to get good pictures on where to find the switch so i took pics.

Please correct me if I'm wrong but this is what i found and it sorted the problem.

there are 2 neutral position switches on the box. One is the 4x4 neutral switch situated at the bottom of the gearbox marked with a green ring on it and the other the "normal" neutral position switch accessible from inside the cab.

The one that needs replacing for cruise control is the normal one that can be accessed from inside the cab.

remove the center console between the 2 front seats and then remove the bezel/steel part holding down the rubber boot by removing the 4 10mm nuts/screws that fits over the gear lever. remove both pieces of rubber to expose the gearbox.

the neutral position switch as indicated in the pic. can be removed with 19mm spanner and then the new one can be installed. the new part is also pictured. I have seen some folk just unplug this switch and the cruise control will work again. the snag with this is that 4x4 lo range will not engage with this fix.

the gearbox oil would need to be replaced to get rid of the water that causes failure of these switches. i also had to replace the 4x4 neutral position switch.

hope this helps

regards
Arch
 

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This is brilliant I have been suffering with the same issue of it keep cutting out or not working at all.

Many thanks guys
 

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Hi All,

I had the issue with intermittent functioning cruise control and found the info here on how to keep it working by pushing the gear lever in 6th the the left to keep it working, (i have right hand steering wheel). The diagnosis was to replace the neutral position switch on the gearbox. I struggled to get good pictures on where to find the switch so i took pics.

Please correct me if I'm wrong but this is what i found and it sorted the problem.

there are 2 neutral position switches on the box. One is the 4x4 neutral switch situated at the bottom of the gearbox marked with a green ring on it and the other the "normal" neutral position switch accessible from inside the cab.

The one that needs replacing for cruise control is the normal one that can be accessed from inside the cab.

remove the center console between the 2 front seats and then remove the bezel/steel part holding down the rubber boot by removing the 4 10mm nuts/screws that fits over the gear lever. remove both pieces of rubber to expose the gearbox.

the neutral position switch as indicated in the pic. can be removed with 19mm spanner and then the new one can be installed. the new part is also pictured. I have seen some folk just unplug this switch and the cruise control will work again. the snag with this is that 4x4 lo range will not engage with this fix.

the gearbox oil would need to be replaced to get rid of the water that causes failure of these switches. i also had to replace the 4x4 neutral position switch.

hope this helps

regards
Arch
Great info and details. Thanks

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Many Thanks for the help, I was under my Navara last night (After a quick oil change) and was wondering how the hell I will get to the switch at the top. Awesome write up, simple, clear and now I will order my new switch and tackle this job.
5 stars on this one.

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Hi
I am in the process of changing mine today got new switch from milners.
Have got to the switch but mine looks different from the one above mine seems to have plastic rather than metal where you would undo with the spanner?mine is a 2008d40 Aventura(manual)
 

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I think the switch near the gear stick is a neutral switch, and the one on the side of the gear box is a reverse light switch.

I could be wrong.
 

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I bought a new switch from Milners but it is working in reverse. I.e. it tells the car it is neutral when I have selected a gear and it tells the car it is in gear when actually it is in netural. I have confirmed this by selcting a gear and then testing the warm up button or low range selection. Also cruise only engages when in neutral (and moving) which isn't helpful!

Has anyone else had this? Are there two types of switch?

The previous one was not working at all so there is some progress...
 

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That's really strange.

Just one type of sensor, so it isn't that.

One thing to double check, only because it has been on here before, has anyone messed with the wiring?
Also worth double checking that you have a neutral switch, not a reversing switch, I know it is obvious, but worth checking anyway.
 

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I don't think that anyone has messed with the wiring. It was maintained at a local (non specialist) garage before I had time to do it. I did try changing the terminals over incase that was the issue but it was the same.

Interesting question about making sure I have the correct switch. The plastic clip was not correct for the wiring on the vehicle (it didn't match the one I took off) so I popped the terminals out and put them in the old plug housing to connect it. I have emailed Milners as I suspect that the part was labelled incorrectly (I just checked the packaging) and this is actually a reversing switch!
 

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Potentially - I will see if Milners will replace it with another which will hopefully work!
 

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With regards to the Neutral Position Switch I discovered the internal mechanism wears resulting in the "cruise control won't set" problem.

Instead of buying a new switch try this first ... do a spot weld on the end of the shaft. File the blob flat so the shaft is about 1mm longer than before and the cruise control will most likely work perfectly. Due to the wear ... the shaft needs to be pushed in a little further to get the switch mechanism to roll over. Once the modification is done it will probably outlive the vehicle.

That's how I repaired mine and it's been going strong ever since.

I feel it's a manufacturer planned obsolescence design as the replacement switches are actually about 0.80mm longer.

 
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