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I have a 97 Lincoln Town Car that is being recalled for a possible faulty "Speed Control Deactivation Switch". What I need to know is what is this switch for and if it fails to work, what result will I be experiencing? I know that they (Ford) are concerned with fire but I was wondering if it fails, what will I be experiencing. Right now, my cruise control does not work... Thanks in advance! Beverly

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Jennifer Frey, Automotive Service Writer and Technician at AskPatty.com Hi Beverly, I did some research on this, there aren't any other symptoms of your Speed Control Deactivation Switch failing, except fire! This switch basically turns your Cruise control off, and Ford has been experiencing problems with brake fluid leaking on this electrical component causing corrosion. The corrosion then leads to higher electrical resistance, (which leads to high temperatures in the wire) which can then lead to an under hood fire. You should call your local Ford dealer immediately and make an appointment to be safe. Since this is a recall, it will be no cost to you! This may, (or may not) be related to your cruise control not working, but it sounds like it is. Either way, Ford should take a look at it when you bring the vehicle in for the recall. Remember, safety is the most important thing, so get the recall taken care of quick! Best of luck, Jennifer Frey

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Beverly, Typically, car companies do not have recalls unless the problem is occurring frequently. Especially, if this is a fire concern, I would recommend you bring your vehicle in to have the repair done as soon as possible. Having a recall repair done to your vehicle is always free and they can usually perform the repair pretty quickly unless otherwise stated on the recall notice. Suzanne

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