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Air-Bag Light On - No Cruise & No Horn ?

1"inch Hole in Front Lic.Plate
= Air-bag Light On- No Cruise & No Horn THX from Dugg :) ?

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  • joyce841 May 08, 2010

    P.S. It Will be nice to have a Horn again after 1 year THX ;)

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The clock spring in the steering column needs replacing. It is a lifetime recall by Chrysler/Dodge. Contact your local dealer for a free replacement. I had mine done on my '97 dodge Caravan in less than an hour including a 27 point inspection. Normal cost would be around $380 by a mechanic.....Tom

Posted on May 04, 2010

Testimonial: "Ty ((Tom)) Car Goes to Dealer on Wed. for free THX for your time :)"

  • thennes May 04, 2010

    Lucky You!

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or just swapping out the whole thing.> with igntion switch and combo switch?
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