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1997 chey cav-horn doesn't work

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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YOUR HORN IS BAD REPLACE IT
the horn you have will work just wire it to your existing horn wiring

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