2000 Dodge Caravan with ABS, airbag lights on; Horn does not work I tried the fuses but they all look and test okay. I have not tried relay but they have different ones. Could they all go out at the same time or is ther another problem?
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check for blowed fuse or bad relay, you can hook test light to see if horn getting power when you press horn pad if fuse and relay okay,remove horn and hot wire it if it blows, more likely horn pad with airbag in steering wheel bad,if horn pad bad you have to replace whole airbag with with horn pad as a unit.if horn dont blow when hot wired then horn it self is bad.
check horn relay.when you say replace did you replace horn control with airbag in steering wheel or did you replace horn.if you replace horn and fuse and relay okay problem is in the horn pad with airbag in steering wheel you have you replace it before horn will work again.
The caravan horn is a weak one. Locate the horn and disconnect the plug. One wire is hor all the time and it runs off the horn fuse in the undrhood fuse relay panel next to the battery. With a test light verify that the one wire is hot all the time. ( A test light is a tool looks like an ice pick with a clear handle that has a light bulb inside the handle has a wire coming out of it with a clip on the end, connect the clip to a metal ground and anything that electricly powered will light the light bulb in the handle) If it's hot then put the pointer in the other wire ( In the horns plug) and connect the clip of the light to the battery positive, Push the horn button and the light should light, if it does the horn is bad. If not the horn button or the clockspring is bad. The clockspring is the connection beteen the steering whell and the steering collum, It's a coil of ribbon cable that has the wires for the airbag the horn and any buttons for cruise control or radio volume or channels that may be the steering wheel. this cable can break or be overloaded and burn out. Most of the time when they fail the airbag light will be on the the cruise control won't work. The horn button is made into the airbag and seldom fails the fuse is second the horns fail often.
I have the same problem and it's not the rely or fuse... that would be too easy.
2000 Dodge Caravan ABS Light
2000 Dodge Caravan. The other day my light for my air bag came on,
but I noticed when it came on my cruise control stopped working and my
horn doesn't work when I push on it. However the horn does work when you
set off the alarm. Is it a fuse that's gone bad and if so which one is
Thanks for all your help.Christy
There is a device inside the steering wheel called a Clockspring.
Basically it looks like the main spring of a watch. It's purpose is to
insure perfect electrical contact with the airbag module in the steering
wheel. Wiring for the horn and cruise control also go through the
Clockspring. When the Clockspring goes bad you lose horn, cruise control
and the airbag light comes on.
On 10/5/2004 a Motor Vehicle Recall, number 04V480000 was issued on
this vehicle for this problem. From the recall bulletin: Summary: ON CERTAIN MINIVANS, THE DRIVER'S AIR BAG MAY BECOME DISABLED DUE
TO A FAILURE OF THE CLOCKSPRING, WHICH IS LOCATED IN THE HUB OF THE
STEERING WHEEL. Consequence: THIS CONDITION WILL MANIFEST ITSELF THROUGH ILLUMINATION OF THE
AIR BAG WARNING LAMP, AND COULD EVENTUALLY RESULT IN A DRIVER'S AIR BAG
OPEN CIRCUIT, IF THE PART IS NOT REPLACED IN A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF
TIME. Remedy: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE CLOCKSPRING ASSEMBLY ON ALL COVERED
VEHICLES WITH 70,000 MILES OR LESS. FOR THOSE VEHICLES WITH MORE THAN
70,000 MILES, DAIMLERCHRYSLER WILL OFFER AN EXTENDED LIFETIME WARRANTY
UNDER WHICH IT WILL REPLACE THE CLOCKSPRING AT NO CHARGE IF IT FAILS.
DAIMLERCHRYSLER WILL ALSO REIMBURSE OWNERS WHO HAVE PAID TO HAVE THE
CLOCKSPRING REPLACED ON THEIR VEHICLES. THE RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 12,
2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT DAIMLERCHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.
So at this point you should call your Dodge Dealer and make an
appointment to have the recall performed on your vehicle.
The most common problem with this is the clockspring, it is located just under the steering wheel. It will cause the horn not to work, airbag light to come on, and the cruise not to work. There is probably a recall on this. Contact a local dealer to see if the recall applies to your car.