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2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee horn switch malfunction in the airbag unit - can it be fixed?

In the last few months, I had 3 or 4 incidents when the horn would sound continuously and I had to tap the switch (in the airbag area) a couple times to get it to stop. Finally, it went off spontaneously and I couldn't get it to shut off at all without pulling the fuse. I'm driving it now without a horn and would like to get it fixed. My mechanic said that about all he could do was to get an entire junk assembly for $800-$1000 and replace the switch. I'd like to investigate it further before dropping that kind of money into it. Can I safely remove that center console on the steering wheel, and I assume that means removing the airbag assembly, to see if the switch can be repaired? Can I just buy a new switch, which I assume is some kind of diaphram? Any ideas on how to get my horn back for under $1000?

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  • tlmort Oct 06, 2008

    Thanks! With the help of these diagrams, I disabled the airbag electrically. Then I took off the airbag unit, took off the plastic airbag cover, and replaced the horn switch with a new $20-$30 part. It fits in a little pocket of the airbag fabric. (very interesting how these things are made) I reassembled everything, reconnected the battery terminals, replaced the horn fuse that I had removed the the horn worked fine.

    Problem solved. Thanks.

  • gmarkham Jan 29, 2009

    I have had this happen to me 4 times. The first time we removed the fuse and replaced it later with no problems. A few months later it happened again. We pulled the fuse to stop the horn and then had the switch replaced. A few months later it happened again. This time we had the entire horn replaced and today it happened again. It usually has happened when it was parked and I was at work. It would just go off by itself and was one long continuous honk. Today when it happened I had just parked it at work and was listening to the radio with the Jeep still running and the horn went off. I had to pull the fuse out to stop it. I really don't know what else to do since we have replaced the switch and the entire horn with the same thing happening again. Any help would be appreciated.



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Although this does not explicitly cover the horn, it will give some kind information about the innards of the steering wheel:

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