Chevy Equinox: How to Use Cruise Control

Cruise control is a cool way to put your Chevy Equinox on autopilot, so to speak. In this setting, the vehicle can maintain speeds of 25mph or more without having to press the accelerator. However, it will not set at below 25mph.

In addition, the feature disconnects when the brake is applied. While this is a wonderful feature, be aware that cruise control can be dangerous on winding roads, in traffic, and on wet, slippery, or icy roads. With that being said, here are the steps to follow to set your Cruise Control.

Enable Cruise Control

  1. On the left of your steering wheel, you will find the Cruise Control buttons. Press the TOP of the button to turn the system ON.
  2. You will then see a WHITE icon pop up in the cluster, notifying you that Cruise Control is On.
  3. Press the middle RES/+ button down to set your speed. The white icon will now turn Green indicating Cruise Control is Set and Active.
  4. You can now take your foot off of the accelerator and ride.
  5. Pressing the far left icon with an X or the brake will disengage the speed and will save the previous set speed.
  6. To resume the previous speed, press RES/+ UP.
  7. Press the bottom of the button to the right to turn the system OFF.

**If you are unable to activate this feature on the first try, REPEAT the steps. If you are still unsuccessful, contact the dealership for assistance or consult your vehicle user’s manual.


What causes cruise control to stop working in a vehicle?

  1. Blown fuse: The cruise control system in a vehicle is often protected by a fuse. If the fuse blows, the cruise control system will stop working.
  2. Failed brake switch: The cruise control system is designed to disengage when the brake pedal is pressed. If the brake switch is faulty, it may not send the signal to the cruise control system to disengage, causing the cruise control to stop working.
  3. Malfunctioning speed sensor: The cruise control system uses information from the vehicle’s speed sensor to maintain a set speed. If the speed sensor is malfunctioning, it may not send the correct information to the cruise control system.
  4. Wiring issues: The cruise control system is connected by a series of wires, and if any of these wires become damaged or disconnected, it can cause the cruise control to stop working.

If your vehicle’s cruise control is not working, it is best to have it diagnosed by a qualified mechanic to determine the root cause of the problem and get it fixed.

What do the cruise control icons mean?

  • Dash-looking clock with an arrow (On/Off) – Press to turn the system ON/OFF; Be sure the system is OFF when not using it, as if RES/+ or -SET is active, you could accidentally hit either, which will cause your vehicle to enter cruise control mode
  • SET/− (Set/Coast) – Used to set or decrease your desired speed
  • RES/+ – To maintain the desired speed or to accelerate the set speed. To increase the speed, press this button. Each press will increase the speed to 1 mph faster.

How do you cancel cruise control?

There are five ways to end cruise control:

  • Step on the brake lightly.
  • Press the X icon on the steering wheel.
  • Press the clutch pedal for several seconds or shift to Neutral (manual transmissions).
  • Shift the transmission to N (Neutral).

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