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97 ford escort lx

I am trying to fix the horn. I have already bought a new one and connected it the same way the old one was connected and it still doesn't work. I can hear clicking under the dash when I push on the wheel in the car but still no sound out of the horn. The old one only had one wire connedted to it. That wire is orange and blue. Help me please.

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