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Recently replaced the rack & pinion, which require, of course me to disengage the steering column. now the horn doesn't work?? Does work w/ key remote and alarm but not on the steering wheel???

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What kind of vehicle? Is the air bag light on? You may have damaged the clock spring if the steering shaft has been rotated out of synch with the clock spring

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This would have to be either a broken rack and pinion(steering gear) or the shaft between the rack and pinion and the steering wheel would have to be broken. This would need to be visually inspected to be sure which is the problem.

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