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Why does my horn not work when i try and use it? what could the problem be

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Either your horn fuse is blow, the horn itself is shot or the steering wheel switch is bad. It can only be one of those three things.

Posted on May 07, 2010

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In most cases this problem is caused by the rotating ribbon circuit contact under the steering wheel having a broken filament, the part is known as a clock spring contact, u will need to properly disarm the airbag and remove the steering wheel to access the part. WARNING: Failure to disarm the airbag system can result in an unexpected Airbag deployment and possible serious personnel injury disconnect the battery 30 minutes prior to start of work.

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