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Dodge stratus horn

Hi Allen
I connected the negative battery terminal to the to the horn bracket and it still did not work. The horn blows when I push the panic button so I know the horn is working. I did get the steering wheel cover off but there doesnt seem to be anything wrong under there. Any ideas?
Thanks for your help
Todd Riecke

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Todd, If your Air Bag Light is on and your cruise control does not work. Contact me before doing the test procedure below!

Todd, sense you have the steering wheel cover off, we need to check to see if it will honk when you take the ground wire for the horn and ground it anywhere to a good ground, preferably the ground post from the battery. We know this is always a perfect ground! The wire for the horn will be a single wire all by itself. If it doesn't Honk see below.

Next: Next we want to ground the horn wire coming out of the other side of the steering wheel, this is much harder but will tell us what we need to know.

Let me know what you find!

Posted on Dec 30, 2008

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How to change alternator 2005 chryler 300


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WARNING - Precautions Section:
Disconnect negative cable from battery before removing battery output wire (b+ wire) from alternator. Failure to do so can result in injury or damage to electrical system.

2.7L Engine
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2. Disconnect negative battery cable.
  3. Remove alternator drive belt.
  4. Disconnect alternator field circuit plug.
  5. Remove B+ terminal nut and wire.
  6. Remove 2 lower mounting bolts.
  7. Remove alternator.
To install:
  1. Install alternator.
  2. Install upper bolt mounting bolt.
  3. Install 2 lower mounting bolts.
  4. Tighten bolts to 48 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).
  5. Install B+ terminal nut and wire. Tighten nut to 115 inch lbs. (13 Nm).
  6. Connect alternator field circuit plug.
  7. Install alternator drive belt.
  8. Connect negative battery cable.
3.5L Engines
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2. Disconnect negative battery cable.
  3. Remove alternator drive belt.
  4. Remove bracket bolts.
  5. Remove upper mounting bolt.
  6. Raise and support vehicle.
  7. Remove middle splash pan.
  8. Disconnect alternator field circuit plug.
  9. Remove B+ terminal nut and wire.
  10. Remove lower mounting bolts.
  11. Remove alternator.
To install:
  1. Install alternator.
  2. Install lower mounting bolts. Loosen install the upper mounting bolt.
  3. Tighten lower mounting bolts to 48 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).
  4. Connect alternator field circuit plug.
  5. Install B+ terminal nut and wire. Tighten nut to 115 inch lbs. (13 Nm).
  6. Install middle splash pan.
  7. Lower vehicle.
  8. Remove loose installed upper bolt.
  9. Install bracket and bracket bolt.
  10. Install upper mounting bolt and bracket.
  11. Tighten upper mounting bolt to 48 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).
  12. Tighten the bracket bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
  13. Install alternator drive belt.
  14. Connect negative battery cable.
5.7L Engines
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2. Disconnect negative battery cable at battery.
  3. Remove alternator drive belt.
  4. Raise and support vehicle.
  5. Unsnap plastic insulator cap from B+ output terminal.
  6. Remove B+ terminal mounting nut at rear of alternator. Disconnect terminal from alternator.
  7. Disconnect field wire connector at rear of alternator by pushing on connector tab.
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Fig. 1 Alternator Support Bracket - 5.7L engine

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    5. Faulty horn relay. (Very unlikely if the horn only sounds when turning the wheel.)

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    Before you do that, let try something.

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    Next: run the wire from the positive side of the battery post and touch it to the horn connector at the horns be careful not to touch any metal parts or it will spark, what we are doing is checking to see if the horns are bad, if they work then we will move on to the next procedure.

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