Trying to pass state inspection. My horn will not blow, there is a slight muffled noise at times when you try to activate it, mostly it just doesn't work. Need problem analyses or how to at lease wire an external horn from the battery to the interior in order to pass the inspection. A visual aid of some sort will help to at least wire an external horn (which I have)for the inspection. Thank You!
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try unplugging the horns to see if they are the problem. If the fuse still blows, the problem is the wires from the relay to the horns. If the fuse doesn't blow, plug in one horn at a time to see which one is bad.
There are tow things other than the gorm that could be bad. The forst (And most likely) is the horn switch located in the steering wheel. These are fragile and easy to break, and not to easy to replace. If you find that the switch is the problem, you would be better served to mount an external horn switch on the dash near the driver. This is legal for inspection in most states (check with your local inspection authority first). The otherr item that could be bad is the horn relay. It is located under dash on the passengers side kickpanel near the glove box. it is mounted in a relay panel there. You should hear it click when preesing the horn switch if the car is quiet enough.
Possibly...........try to find the horn itself and unhook the wire from it. Then use a testlight or whatever to see if power is getting to the horn. If so, might be time for a new horn. Substitute a known good part and try again.
Yes, if a car doesn't have a working horn, it would, in most if not all states fail a safety inspection.
If you hear a click, then it could be the relay clicking or the horn trying to operate. Likely, it's just a bad horn or a bad ground connection at the horn relay.
I would take the vehicle back to the repairman and ask about the horn and repairing it, or have the inspector who failed it repair it for you.
Horns go bad on cars due to corrosion or non use over time. I've had a few go bad on motorcycles which were even stored in a garage. Opened one up one time and found rust on the contacts that made it not work or oscillate to make a sound that is audible.
I think that you could locate the horn, and see if all of the wires are physically there, and try a test light to ground it out, as horns should always have power (as long as the battery is charged up) whether or not the ignition is on.
If you ground out one or the other terminals with a test light, at the horn, then it should beep.
If not, then the horn itself is bad.
Replace with new.
It is really that simple.
I have a 1997 Cadillac Deville that wasn't used for a while and the horn went bad on it and it was replaced as one of the items required for Pennsylvania State Inspection.
replace the horn relay;or the horn button on the steering wheel is grounded and energizing the horn. any maintenance involving the steering wheel can be dangerous becaus of the air bag. if you just want to stop the horn, remove the relay, probably located in the fuse box under the hood. check the manual for location, but if your state has a safety inspection it will need to be fixed before the inspection is due
Id try what he said and give it direct power but the saturns are notorious for horns going out....mine did too. Turns out the relay and horn are integrated so you have to change the whole unit and most parts stores sell a replacement horn that has no relay built in....means you'd have to add your own. was too much trouble for me, i never use it just wanted to pass inspection so i went to a salvage yard and grabbed one. im sure it will die also but i paid 7 bucks for it and passed state inspection.