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My horn blows after I install air bag

I replaced the cruise control switches and wiring harness. To install the wiring harness, I had to remove the right side horn switch. Upon re-installing the switch, the horn goes off after I install air bag. w/o the air bag, the horn does not go off.

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    mybugguy Dec 05, 2012

    I replaced the cruise switches because they were broken. Upon taking them out, the wire connectors were stuck, hence why I needed to replace the cruise wiring harness. The cruise wiring harness is located solely in the steering hub (not down the column). It simply connects the two switches to connectors in the steering wheel. Once I reconnect the battery, the horn blows (but only after I've installed the air bag). If I remove the airbag, and reconnect the battery, horn is fine. I assume somehow the airbag is either shorting out the horn button(s) or compressing the button(s). But not sure how or why. Guess I look at it again tomorrow, more closely.

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You'll have to take it back apart and find out what is shorting out the switch, or applying pressure to the switch without pushing on the bag cover.

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SOURCE: Replacing a Cruise Control Switch

Ford Taurus/Sable 1996-1999 Repair Guide
Steering Wheel
Removal & Instalation

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Fig. 1: Remove the access covers for the air bag module retaining bolts

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Fig. 2: Remove the air bag retaining bolts and...

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Fig. 3: Carefully remove the air bag from the steering wheel to access the wiring connectors

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Fig. 4: Detach the connectors...

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Fig. 5: ... from the air bag module

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Fig. 6: Remove the center bolt from the steering wheel

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Fig. 7: Install a suitable puller and tighten the forcing screw to...

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Fig. 8: ... remove the steering wheel


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SOURCE: the horn and cruise control doesn't work,fuses are

the horn input to ground is located in the cruise control module. if they both don't work then your cruise control module or the clockspring coil for the steering wheel needs to be replaced. If airbag lights is on as well then I would change the clockspring coil first.

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