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New horn on beetle

Just replaced horn on my 69 beetle.Turned on ignition and it just sounds and does not switch off.Cable that comes through steering column not even connected to horn push?

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It may not be connected, but it may be touching something in the steering column or steering wheel giving a closed circuit which makes the horn go off. This means the wire is contacting another metal surface somewhere.

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