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Horns blares continuously when key is removed from ignition!

My 2004 Ford Explorer was working fine all morning until at one place I needed to stop I removed the key from the ignition and the horn blared constantly! Upon putting the key back in and turning the ignition on, the horn goes off. I can turn the car off and all is quiet until I go to remove the key from the ignition again and once more the horn blares continuously... My workaround is to just leave the key in the ignition, but this is not great for security... (I can lock/unlock the doors using the numeric keypad on the driver's door). I've tried locking/unlocking the doors using the keypad and using the key but to no avail...the horn just does not shut off until the key is reinserted and ignition turned on (then back off). H--E--L--P!!

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  • mgs531 Jan 29, 2010

    Found out that this horn-blaring problem could be forced to occur by moving changing the steering-wheel tilt. Took the Explorer back to the dealer who found that there were FRAYED WIRES behind the AIRBAG in the steering wheel! They replaced a wiring harness and now all is well. How wires behind an airbag get frayed remains a mystery...glad I got that problem resolved before something more serious happened.

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Locate the fuse for the horn and see if nothing else is ran off the same fuse then remove the fuse.

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