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1995 Prizm Horn Problem

When you push down on the horn it only works some of the time. It seems only a certain spot on the steering wheel works, like there is a contact problem.

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Keep the steering wheel in one spot, do not rotate,  check horn by pressing pad in different areas.  If it is intermittent then horn pad is concern.  If it works well trying slowly turning steering wheel while pressing horn pad if there is a point in turning the wheel where horn becomes inop, then the common fault is the horn contact ring inside of the steering column

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