What does the Cruise Control indicator light mean in a 2012 Honda Civic?

What does the Cruise Control indicator light mean?
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If your car is equipped with cruise control (most are, but some models are not), then you’ll have a couple of different lights related to the system. One of those is the Cruise Control light. If this shows up on your dash, here’s what it means:

It means that you have set the cruise control system for a specific speed and it is now active. Hitting the brakes, or turning the system off will turn the light out and you will manually control the car’s speed.

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Typically, the cruise control light will be orange when the system is on, but a speed hasn`t been chosen yet. Once a speed is selected, this light will turn green. If the computer has detected an issue, this light will stay orange and likely won`t turn off until the problem has been remedied.
The cruise main light tells you that the cruise control system is on after you push the on/off button. However, that does not mean it`s active. You still need to use the controls to set the cruise control speed.
The cruise main indication (white) is displayed in the instrument cluster when the cruise control system is activated. The cruise set indication (white) is displayed in the instrument cluster and the cruise set indicator light (green) turns on when a cruising speed has been set.
Only use your cruise control when the roadways are dry and clean, and never during rainy or icy conditions. Also, never use cruise control in city or congested traffic as the decreased control of your vehicle could contribute to an accident.
A quick way to diagnose this is to try holding the brake pedal up with the top of your left foot at the same time as you are engaging the cruise control while on a test drive. If the cruise control tries to set, then the brake switch will most likely need to be adjusted. Adjustment of the brake switch is very common.
An amber Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) warning means action is required. ACC is not currently available. Stop the car when it is safe to do so and turn off the engine.
Any issues with your car`s electrical components can cause the cruise control to stop working. These issues could be something as simple as a loose wire or connector, or something more complicated like a damaged alternator, starter, or electrical short circuit.
If your cruise control system is electronically controlled, it will have an associated fuse. If there`s an electrical problem, the fuse will fail in order to keep other wiring from getting damaged. Try replacing the fuse. If it solves the problem and the cruise control keeps working, that`s great!
A radar sensor is installed on the car`s front grille, which can sense how close or far away the vehicle in front is. By sensing this distance, the car will “adapt” its cruise control speed to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead.
To activate the cruise function in your Honda Civic, press MAIN on the steering wheel, accelerate to a minimum of 25 mph (40 km/h) and press the DECEL/SET button. Press the RES/ACCEL button to increase your speed and the DECEL/SET button to decrease it.
Tap the brake or clutch pedal lightly with your foot. The CRUISE CONTROL light on the instrument panel will go out.
To activate the cruise function in your Honda Civic, press MAIN on the steering wheel, accelerate to a minimum of 25 mph (40 km/h) and press the DECEL/SET button. Press the RES/ACCEL button to increase your speed and the DECEL/SET button to decrease it.
Your Honda Civic is equipped with a cruise control system that allows you to maintain a set speed automatically so that you do not have to worry about it. If you want, it can be set to maintain a constant distance from a vehicle in front of it, or to maintain a constant speed from the vehicle in front of it.

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What does the Cruise Control indicator light mean in a 2012 Honda Civic?
ANSWER : If your car is equipped with cruise control (most are, but some models are not), then you’ll have a couple of different lights related to the system. One of those is the Cruise Control light. If this shows up on your dash, here’s what it means:

It means that you have set the cruise control system for a specific speed and it is now active. Hitting the brakes, or turning the system off will turn the light out and you will manually control the car’s speed.

What does the Cruise Control indicator light mean in a 2012 Honda CR-V?
ANSWER : The Cruise Control indicator light is located on the instrument panel. Whenever you set the cruise control speed, the Cruise Control indicator light will illuminate.

Abs light, emergency brake light, steering wheel assist light, engine light, EPC light, traction control light
ANSWER : Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle does utilize a lot of the same sensors for these systems. Are there any other codes that are coming up when this code appears? If so you will want to take these into consideration when processing the repair and making a diagnosis. The module may be bad, and replacing it should fix the problem. The lights should turn off once the main computer recognizes the new module and the sensors sync up. If you believe the sensors need to be cleaned you may do so. Do as minimal as possible to make sure you are not damaging the sensor or disrupting the wiring inside. A bad connection would make the lights stay on. With so many lights that are effected by the module being illuminated, the module is likely bad or does not have a connection. Check the connection first and then resort to replacing the unit. For more help with these electrical tests, contact our service department.

My 2001 Honda Civic 5speed cruise control light comes on then goes off and my cruise first work
ANSWER : The cruise control does a self check when you start it and it will shut itself off if it sees anything wrong. One simple problem that can keep it from working is the brake lights. Get a friend to help you check your brake lights, simply having a bulb out can keep the cruise control from functioning. If you don’t find the problem there and you need help with this you can contact Your Mechanic. They can send a technician to your home or office to check out your Honda cruise system and let you know what it is going to take to fix it.

My check engine light and traction control lights are on and the cruise control light is flashing on and off.
ANSWER : Hi There,
What you are describing is common for a vehicle with traction control when it has been activated in a situation as you have described. The cruise control is also controlled in some cases by the traction control system and may be flashing as a need to have it reset due to the traction control being activated under those circumstances. The traction control system monitors the steering stability of the vehicle and engages when loss of traction has been detected. This is done by the use of electronic sensors at each of the four wheels that communicate with the Power Train Control Module (PCM) regarding steering performance and stability in adverse weather conditions. The traction control system works by reducing engine speed and determining which wheel to apply brake pressure to in order to prevent the vehicle from sliding. The anti-lock braking system and the traction control system work together to maintain the stability of the vehicle. The computer uses this information received from electronic sensors regarding the rotational speed of each wheel, the horizontal motion of the vehicle, and the vertical motion of the vehicle to determine how to direct the traction control system or the anti-lock braking system to best control the vehicle when needed. In some cases, the traction control system may simply need to be reprogrammed. I would recommend having a professional from YourMechanic come to your location to properly diagnose your traction control system.

PO341 code – cruise control kicks off, engine light and vsa lights go on.
ANSWER : There could be an issue with the cruise control switch and the brake switch. The VSA light refers to the brake system and the light maybe coming on for the brake switch not functioning properly causing the cruise control switch to disengage. The code P0341 refers to the camshaft position sensor, which could be coming on for the sensor malfunctioning. If the camshaft position sensor is not reading properly, then the cruise control will disengage as the engine is not in time correctly. If you need further assistance with your cruise control disengaging on its own, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

Having intermittent problems with cruise control on my car
ANSWER : Hello. This can be caused by a number of different issues. Most of the time this is caused by a bad brake switch. If the switch is shorting out, then it will cause the computer to think that the brakes are being applied, which turns off the cruise control. If the switch is fine, then it may have a bad speed sensor or the cruise control switch itself is bad.

One of the easiest tests I do is simply have someone drive behind me and see if the brake lights are coming on without touching the pedal. If it is, then you should replace the switch. If not, then further testing of the circuit has to be done. If you need to have this done, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose your cruise control problem.

Adding cruise control on a factory non equipped car.
ANSWER : The unfortunate truth is the dealer is correct. What you are doing is in theory feasible but not common at all. I haven’t run across anyone who has done what you are doing and I have often wondered how such an endeavor might work. My point here is, I am not surprised the dealer isn’t sure because it’s likely they have never done this themselves. The dealer doesn’t set up the PCM (Powertrain Control Module) in the cars they sell. The manufacturer does and guessing what happened when a car is being built is not common knowledge.

Anytime you modify any car, there are always details such as this that you will possibly have to address. When you choose to modify a car, you are now the engineer. The simple answer is that I can’t tell you with certainty whether or not the PCM in your car has cruise control capability. The only way to find out is to allow the dealer to check in out. Independent shops might possibly be able to, but the equipment they have is aftermarket and not produced by Mazda. The electronic equipment the dealer has is. The dealer equipment will most likely be able to do what you need.