1997 Dodge Caravan Horn won't blow and the dash airbag light stays on all the time the vehicle is running. When problem first started the airbag dash light would go out and the horn would blow and then when the airbag dash light would come back on the horn wouldn't work and now it stays on all the time and the horn doesn't respond to anything.
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Re: 1997 Dodge Caravan Horn and Airbag light
Sounds like the horn switch located in the center of the steering wheel behind the airbag. I personally would not try to remove the airbag but I don't know how much mechanical training you have. On some of the chrysler and dodge minivans have a recall on the airbag clockspring. Check your local dealer to see if you have this recall, if you do then it would not be much more if any more labor to replace this switch as well. Hopefully this helps you.
I had the same problems with my 1997 and did take advantage of the recall to replace the clockspring. I have not had any issues since and the best part was that it was free at the local Dodge dealership!
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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.
It sounds like the item known as the "clockspring" has gone bad. It's a unit between the steeing colum and the steering wheel that transfers the electrical connections for any steeing wheel mounted electrincs, like the horn, cruise buttons, airbag, or anything else that might mounted to the wheel.
These are not easily replaceable, however after a brief search, there appears to be a POSSIBLY of getting it replaced under a recall from the manufacturer. Check out this link, and this link.
Looks like a bad clock spring.Don't try to make this repair unless you know what you're doing!! If the airbag blows during the process,let's just say it'll ruin your day & probably the next week. I'm a chrysler master tech,so heed my warning please. I'd tell ya how to do it but I'll get sued if you get hurt.
It is called the "clockspring". You were close. Normally when the clockspring goes bad, the airbag light will come on and the horn is also affected. Not sure why the engine light is on. I think you are on the right track. There is a recall for the 1996 caravan for the clockspring problem but it only is for vehicles with 70,000 miles or less.
Transport Canada Vehicle Recalls & Defects Database
Transport Canada Recall # 2007169Recall Date:2007/05/30Notification Type:Recalls AuditSystem:AirbagManufacturer Recall Number:G09Units Affected:51,000Category:MinivanRecall Details:On certain vehicles the left or right front supplemental airbag sensors may crack under certain conditions, which can allow water to enter into the sensor. This can cause the airbag warning lamp to illuminate. A malfunction of one or both of the supplemental sensors will not adversely affect safety or cause a failure to comply with government standards. The single-point sensor in these vehicles, which is located in the airbag control module, is operational even if both supplemental sensors are inoperative. DaimlerChrysler has decided to launch a Customer Satisfaction Notification to advise customers that these front airbag sensors will be replaced with redesigned sensors to reduce the potential for damage. This action is not being conducted under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act.
ok, if the airbag light is on, there is a fault with the unit, your concerns are valid, if it has a faulty sensor the airbag MAY fire for no reason or not fire when you actually need it. if it has a recall on it, take it to the dealer so they can rectify the fault.
Recalls are a warranty repair from the manufacturer if they try to charge you scream the joint down