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Horn does not work and airbag light comes on - 1997 Plymouth Voyager

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    It is a clock spring and it is a recall item.

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Had he same problem with my 1997 voyager. The steering wheel needed to be pulled and behind it is a round spring-like mechanism which in mine was broken...It was replaced and problem solved. It cost me about 200 dollars but it was something that needed to be done. This is a problem that you will probably have to take to a dealer because most other mechanics won't do it in fear of engaging the airbag when pulling the steering wheel. I luckily found a mechanic who knew what he was doing and gave me a fair price.

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