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Old 02-13-2000, 11:21 AM
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I have a '77 240D which I purchased new and have kept well maintained.

I am having a problem with the cruise control. When engaged, it will not maintain constant speed. It surges and sometimes disengages.

What is the normal cause of this problem? I would like to repair it myself.
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Old 02-13-2000, 02:01 PM
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Walt, did repairing the vacuum leak also cure your cruise control issue? If wiser folk feel it is the amp, then I can help you with that, if you are, or know someone who is, handy with a soldering iron.

Regards - Luke
'78 300D
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Old 02-17-2000, 03:18 PM
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The vacuum fix did not affect the cruise. I am open to suggestions.
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Old 02-17-2000, 06:26 PM
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Walt, this approach assumes that the cruise control amp is faulty, and not the vacuum servo.
The 10 pin analog cruise amp (MB diesels to about 1981, I think) has three very common failure causes: 1] The LM-2901 comparator IC chip. 2] The dual gate N-channel FET. 3] Failed solder joints / broken PC traces. 4] Some odd combination of all of the above. The above parts are about three bucks at Radio Shack, but are probably cheaper elsewhere.

Pull the amp out to a clean bench, and take a look for failed solder connections or cracks. Retouch suspect ones. While you, or your electronic savvy helper, are in there replace the two active components I mentioned. I repaired my amp, and those of four local friends with this method, and we're all cruise control positive. Another required a few days, and some rather expensive test equipment I have at hand. If you draw the short straw, and get stuck with that kind of failure, then an exchange box is your best bet. I think they run around $200. Inquire first with our hosts at Partshop, since they're such good sports.

Good luck,

Luke - An engineer who drives to work everyday in his '78 300D

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