Question about Ford Thunderbird

3 Answers

I have a 63 Ford T-Bird that I can't get the horn to work. I have checked the wires and the grounds and they look good. The horns work when I tested them also but when I put the steering column together the horn doesn't work. I don't know what else could be wrong and I don't have a diagram for the steering column. Any help would be appreciated.

Posted by on

Ad

3 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

Maybe on re-assembly of the column you disconnected the wire lead at the top of the column for the horn OR the spring & copper-tit piece popped out. If it were just shorted, the horn would blow constantly.
I just went through my horns and directionals and now I can\'t get the steering wheel to seat properly.. Hard to drive without it.

Posted on Mar 05, 2013

Ad
  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    Superstar:

    An expert that got 20 achievements.

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Ford Master
  • 2,019 Answers

Most cars run the power to the horn all the time, and then send the ground up the center of the steering column shaft, where it connects to slip ring. This can be tested by just grounding it under the horn ring.
But some cars use a relay. The steering column wiring is the same, but it just activates the relay primary instead of the horn directly. They the horn runs off the relay secondary, with power in and horn out. This kind does not have power to the horn all the time. But the relay can be bad. Just test by jumping the relay secondary, and making sure the secondary is getting current with a test light.

Posted on Sep 12, 2010

Ad
  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    Hot-Shot:

    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

    Corporal:

    An expert that has over 10 points.

    Mayor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Expert
  • 47 Answers

You missed something putting the column back together. IDK the design of the wheel, but if all the wires to the column are good, I'd look at the switch itself in the column. Probably not making contact.

Posted on Sep 12, 2010

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of.(from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones)
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

2 Answers

How do I fix the horn on my 1964 Ford Thunderbird


check for 12 vots of power at the horn itself when pressing the horn button. If there is a reading then replace the horn unit. If there is no reading at the unit I would suspect no contact in the horn button/control itself.

Apr 12, 2015 | Ford Thunderbird Cars & Trucks

2 Answers

How to repair mitsubishi


Not being smart but get a manual or youtube it. You need to remember that the air bag is located near the horn device. You can be hurt by the bag if it inflates.

Apr 16, 2014 | 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder

1 Answer

What wire ( yellow or blue ) powers the horn on a 1981 Ford F-150


The horn button supplies a ground to the horn relay.Start by pulling the plug at the base of the column,see if you can get a ground on one of the pins from the column when you pus the button.Or find the horn relay,and do the same test from there.You should find 12v on one on the relay socket pins,a ground on one(this will be the wire to the horn)and a ground on the 3rd pin when you press the horn button.

Jan 02, 2012 | 1981 Ford F 150

1 Answer

I have a ford F150 2001 and the horn wont work.


Could be the fuse for the horn, the horn relay or the clock spring in the steering wheel column.

Best to start with jumpering the horn relay, to check the horns to the fuse.

Take a jumper wire, and jumper across the normally open contacts in the horn relay socket ( listing in the owners manual ). This is shown as the red line in the picture below.
sscullys_156.jpg

If the horn does not work with the jumper wire, check the fuse ( engine compartment fuse # 7 ) with a meter. IF the fuse has power on both pins on the back of the fuse, next is to install the jumper and test the horn connector for power & ground ( Yellow w/ light green is from the jumper in the relay socket and black is ground ). If you do not have power using the Yellow w. Light green wire & the black, try another ground, to see if it is an issue with the ground wire. This is to a ground lug on the passenger side inner fender.

If the horn does work, check pin #2 with a meter set to continuity from pin #2 ( diagram above ) and a known good ground. While checking this, have someone press the horn switch on the steering wheel. If you do not get a low resistance (

Mar 19, 2011 | 2001 Ford F150 Styleside SuperCrew

1 Answer

How to check if a horn works


I'm assuming that when you press on your horn pad the horn isn't working. So you are trying to figure out if it is the horn or something else. Well, either you can test for power at the harness that connects to the horn as the horn pad is pressed by someone else. If you get power then the horn is bad. Or you can test the horn directly by running a power wire to the terminal that connects to the Y/LG (Yellow wire with a thin light green strip) and connect the other terminal to a ground. If the horn sounds then the horn is good. If the horn is working, I would check the horns relay. Next I check the wiring and if it appears to be intact I would change the pad itself. I am forgetting the main thing. Check the fuse first, before you do anything.

Feb 09, 2011 | 2004 Ford Crown Victoria

1 Answer

Horn doesn't work


Check the fuses. Check the relay for the horn.Check the connections to the horns. There will be 2 horns disconnect both. Use a test light ground it to the battery and stick the probe in the wire connector for any of the horns. Have someone press the horn button. If your getting power the test light should light when the horn button is pressed. If it does? You have wither bad grounded horns or bad horns period.
If the test light doesn't light? You have a problem in the steering column remove the steering wheel and you will see in there a plastic ring with a copper or brass button that drags on another ring to power the horn button. these pieces ware out and the spring loses its tension. This is a common problem with Ford Trucks.
Good luck
Please give me good feed back of somekind for me on here.
Thanks

Jan 08, 2011 | 1998 Ford Explorer

3 Answers

Horn wont make any sound fuse is good relay is good switch clicks when pushed


Try grounding the horn with a test light off of each lead. If energized, the horn should sound if it's good. If it doesn't, and the test light lights at the horn, then the horn itself should be replaced.

Oct 28, 2010 | 2000 Ford F350 Super Duty Super Cab

1 Answer

2001 ford taurus horn does not work


Start off with checking the fuse, then with a test-light check for power and ground at the horn. Ask a friend to push the horn button while you are testing.
If you have power and ground then its the horn. If not then you will want to check the horn relay and the horn button.
If you are not sure how to remove your horn button, which is the air-bag too. Don't, bring it to a mechanic. Good luck.

Apr 23, 2010 | 2001 Ford Taurus

2 Answers

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.
b91262a.jpg

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.

Nov 07, 2009 | 2001 Ford F150 Styleside SuperCrew

1 Answer

Horn doesnt work


The fuse can't click it is probably the relay that is clicking. Check fuse #2.37 it is the 12th from the bottom row of the central junction box from right to left if it is ok ground the dark blue wire coming down from the steering column to check the horn pad and ground. If the horn works you have a problem in the clock spring or ground. If it doesn't check for 2 pins at the horn relay in the central juntion box for 12 volts if you have 12 volts at 2 pins with the key on then jump pin 30 of the relay with pin 87 of the relay and see if the horn goes off if it does have someone press the horn pad and see if you get a ground to pin 85 or 86 of the relay if you don't you have a ground problem to the relay if you do the the relay has failed. If you jump the relay at the central jumction box between pins 30 and 87 and the horn doesn't go off then the horn has failed or isn't properly grounded. Then check the horn for power with the horn pad depressed if there is power at the horn connector. Hold a test light on the ground wire for the horn from the ground of the battery and see if your test light shows power if it does then you have a bad ground to your horn if it doesn't then your horn has failes.

Apr 07, 2009 | 2005 Ford F 250 Super Duty

Not finding what you are looking for?
Cars & Trucks Logo

Related Topics:

255 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Ford Experts

yadayada
yadayada

Level 3 Expert

76846 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22246 Answers

fordexpert

Level 3 Expert

5546 Answers

Are you a Ford Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...