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2006 Ford F250 Horn Problem

The horn is shorted out and the dealership said I need a new horn pad. Any idea where I can order one since the one from Ford cost $180.00

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  • snowking Feb 02, 2009

    I have the same problem with the horn. Cold nights and the horn goes off! ford dealership wants $800.00 to repair.



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That is going to be a dealer item only. If your out of warranty you can try to find a used one from a salvage yard.

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