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Horn not working due to clock spring

My horn is not working on my 98 chevy prism. how can i replace it and is that part still available?

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The part is still available from GM. It is part # 94857236.

You must be careful when replacing the clock spring as it controls the SRS system.
You will need to remove the steering wheel airbag and and the steering wheel itself.

Important: Perform this procedure in order to prevent deployment of the air bags from the reserve energy supply power.

  1. Remove the CIG and IGN Fuses from the junction block (1), which is located near the base of the steering column.
  2. Remove the lower steering column trim cover.
  3. Turn the steering wheel so that the vehicle's wheels are pointing straight ahead.
  4. Remove the key from the ignition switch
  5. Release the inflatable restraint steering wheel module coil connector locking mechanism.
  6. Disconnect the inflatable restraint steering wheel module coil connector C3
  7. Remove the Instrument Panel (IP) compartment (2)
  8. Release then unlock the IP module connector (1).
  9. Disconnect the IP module pigtail.
  10. Release and unlock the driver and passenger seat module connectors.
  11. Disconnect the driver and passenger seat modules.horn not working due to clock spring - 42de416.gif0276398.gif6983629.gife094e58.gif

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