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Horn will not work. it used to work intermittently and then one side then other side, now it will not work at all. i took off the steering wheel cover and checked the contacts. i also removed both horns and tested them. they work.. i bought a relay, but there is no listing for it on either fuse panel... please help..

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The horn relay may be mounted on a fender well.  Did you buy the correct relay?

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