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No voltage at lighter base inside. Ground is ok. Fuse is good and have voltage there. horn works. don't know how to get to the lighte connector.???

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Did you check for voltage and ground at the horn connector?
The picture is underhood fuse block, see the horn fuse and horn relay? Make sure the fuse is good, also, use a testlight and check for voltage at the fuse circuit, one leg should have voltage.
If voltage at fuse circuit, unplug the relay, terminal 2 should be hot, use proper jumper wire between 2 and 3 in the picture, the horn should sound. If it does, something wrong with control side of relay. Your horn button and wiring control ground for coil side of relay. Sometimes there is a problem with wiring in steering column, for the horn.

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Check voltage and ground for any component you are missing? Any applicable fuses, check for voltage at the fuse circuit, use a testlight to check for voltage. Of course ground is important also for the particular system.

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Dome light, Cig lighter, Radio don't work. Checked the fuses in the compartment under the Drv side, and the firewall on the passenger side in the engine are good, and all fuses are good. Horn wrks.

Check along the firewall wiring and look for an in line fuse inside a rubber connector that unplugs from each other and see if the fuse is good. Some models have one on each side of the engine on firewall. Also check your wiring harness for breaks in the line or a bad ground,

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Where is the fuse for the cigarette lighter on a 1964 ford fairlane?

There's only one fuse block on the old cars, in the instrument panel on the driver's side. If the fuses are not labeled, use a test light to check every fuse. Only takes 5 minutes.
These are the old style fuses, with a round cylindrical clear glass in the middle? They push into metal clips on each end of the fuse?

Then ground a test light to a good ground under the dash- a bolt, screw, or metal. Now turn the key to ON. Every fuse should now be powered. Touch one end of the fuse or the metal clips with the test light-it should light up. If it doesn't, recheck the ground clip of tester-have to have a good ground. A good fuse will light the tester on both ends of the fuse. A bad or blown fuse will only light the tester on one end of the fuse. Power comes in on one side of the fuse terminal, and if the fuse is good, power will also be on both ends or terminals of the fuse.
A few fuses are hot at all times- the horn, tail lights, and brake lights for example. With key on, all fuses are hot-should have power on them. Modern fuses can be tested this way as well-all modern fuses have a test port on each end of the top of the fuse-this port is open to the metal strip inside the fuse. If power is on both ends of the fuse at the test ports, that fuse is good-you don't have to take it out to inspect-use a test light and check for blown fuses this way.

To test a cig. lighter: Ground the test light lead. Pull out the lighter. Use the needle probe of tester and carefully touch the center element inside the lighter base-the heating element-don't let the probe touch the sides of the case when touching the heating element-you may blow the fuse. If the lighter is good, with key on, the element should have power-will light up the tester. If the base part is good, has power, then maybe the pull out piece that lights cigarettes is bad. Or the lighter case is not grounded good. Some are case grounded to the metal dash, but some may have a ground wire on the back side of the base, behind the dash-check for that. The power wire to the lighter attaches at the center of the lighter base. If there is a ground wire, it will be attached on the side of the base, again this is behind the dash.

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My horn doesnt work

Once you checked the Fuse as OK ( engine compartment fuse panel, fuse #7 ) , might want to try shorting the Normally Open contacts in the Horn relay, to see if it is the horn, or the switch from the steering wheel.

Pull the Horn relay ( Ford 1/2 ISO relay ) Relay 205 in the same fuse panel in the engine compartment ). Looking into the relay socket, you will see 2 sets of pin terminals that are the width of the narrow direction, and 2 that are point the length.
The 2 pin terminals that are the direction of the narrow width of the socket, jumper with a 16/18 AWG, and the horns should sound.

If the horns do not sound, check the pin terminal #3 for +12 V DC ( hot all the time ) with a known good ground ( lug in the fender or the neg side of the battery.
If this checks OK, with the jumper in place, pull the horn connector,and check for +12 V DC on one of the pins, to a known good ground ( fender lug where the headlamps are grounded ).
Horns are behind the bumper on the passenger side, directly below the headlamp.
Next test the same, using both pins in the horn connector.
If you have +12 and ground at the horn connector, the horns are the problem for some reason.

If the horns honk doing the jumper test, work back towards the horn button / clock spring area.
Pin terminal #1 in the socket should be hot all the time, and the pin # 2 is what ground is switched to from the horn button, to activate the coil in the relay.

If you do not have ground at Pin #2 when pressing on the horn, try tilting the steering wheel all the way to the up position and try again ( some times the connector at the base of the steering wheel column pulls apart ).
If the tilt does not change getting ground to the horn relay, the next step would be to test the clock spring, but this requires removing the airbag, and really should be a professional job.

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first if you smoke and was using the cig. lighter look at the element in the lighter and inside the cig. housing may need replace.will cause fuse short open. next get a volt meter and test fuses for 12 volts.the horn may be on a seperate fuse and you may have bad horns or a relay.again you need to unplug the horns and check for voltage on the horn wire when the horn button is voltage then remove steering wheel cover and test for voltage threw the horn switch.

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Cigarette lighter won't work fuse ok lighter base ok

I would put a red volt meter lead on the middle and a the black lead on the outside. If it checks above 12 vols, the lighter itself is bad. If no voltage is present, you have to check all the positive wires back to the battery. If those are all working, you have a bad ground.

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A fuse always blows for a reason. The reason your fuse must have blown was because of a short to ground in the horn switch. That means the power side of the horn switch is currently touching ground or metal or that the switch is bad on the inside. The more remote possiblity is that you have a short somewhere in the wiring harness. It is always typical for a component to go bad before a harness.

Here are some notes directly from chrysler, let me know if you need any clarification:


  1. Disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable. Remove the lower steering column cover/knee blocker. Check for continuity between the metal steering column jacket and a good ground. There should be continuity If OK, go to Step 2. If not OK, refer to Steering and Suspension/Steering Column and check for proper installation of the steering column mounting nuts.
  2. Remove the driver's airbag module. Unplug the horn switch wire connector. Remove the horn relay from the Power Distribution Center (PDC) . Check for continuity between the steering column half of the horn switch feed wire connector and a good ground. There should be no continuity If OK, go to Step 3. If not OK, repair the short circuit as required.
  3. Check for continuity between the steering column half of the horn switch feed wire connector and the horn relay control circuit cavity for the horn relay in the PDC. There should be continuity If OK, go to Step 4. If not OK, repair the open circuit as required.
  4. Check for continuity between the horn switch feed wire and the horn switch ground wire on the airbag module. There should be no continuity If OK, go to Step 5. If not OK, replace the faulty horn switch.
  5. Depress the center of the airbag module cover and check for continuity between the horn switch feed wire and the horn switch ground wire on the airbag module. There should be continuity If not OK, replace the faulty horn switch.

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Volvo S60 2005 horns not working

Remove the wire connector from each horn and attach a voltmeter or test light. Have a helper push the horn button while you check for voltage. If there's no power getting to the horns you have to work your way back to the relay checking for shorts. If there is power try holding the horns metal mount against a good ground like an engine bolt or the sub frame. And with wire reconnected have your helper try the horn again. If it sounds then clean rust away from mounting bolt and car (rad support or grill bracket), and look for a loose or broken ground strap to the rad support (from either the battery or engine). If both horns still don't work either they're clogged with snow or dirt (bring them inside to defrost or clean out), or they need to be replaced.

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