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My horn is inop on my 2006 focus...also the airbag signal is illuminated (not always but sometimes) in my dash.... what is my issue and what will it cost to fix it?

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Check the ground to the steering column

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Hi. We have a 2000 ford focus se, we changed the horn, fuse is good and relay is good.Changed the horn pad,worked for one day,horn sounds when we locked the car with the key fob.but not with the horn...


can be lots of things.
1: fuses. blown (always 1st)

keep in mind some cars, have 2 horn relays
1 for keyless entry sys.
1 for horn button

if the button fails i can be the button is bad, or the wires from it to the relay is bad,
the wiring is simple (steering wheel with air bags are dangerous and complex)
but alldata.com has the drawings. and even how to fix it.
under AIRBAGS (defeat ) 1st
then under HORN
its all there all the time.
i never assume what is wrong, i do the tests.
i check the signal at the correct relay first , the follow the fail path
to its logical conclusion. i dont guess. and for sure i never put
my BODY near any active air bags, ever. nor should you.
if you need to know the exact location of parts. i can look it up.
its at alldata.com

Oct 20, 2013 | 2003 Ford Focus

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Hi Guru/Master, I have a 2006 Dodge Stratus SXT, 2.4L Engine. It has AIRBAG light on, and horn doesn't work. I guess it is the clock spring needs to be replaced. I couldn't find the part/model of...


Hello:
Depending on the options in your vehicle , you could have one of 4 clocksprings.4649130AC, 4649193BC, 4649194AC, or 56044931AB. This is a dealer item only.
The clockspring is a ribbon wire that is coiled up insidethe steering column. This component is the subject of many discussions onthese threads. Many times the steeringwheel or column is disconnected and then rotated beyond the center position itis required to be in. This will causethe clockspring wire to break. Theclockspring delivers current to all of the systems above it... the airbag, cruisecontrol and horn. When it fails (and they do a lot) the wire breaksleaving one or all of the circuits open and inoperative. This will causethe airbag light to come on and shut down the airbag system. As long asthat light is on, the airbags will NOT deploy, even in an accident. Sometimes it's intermittent as the wirebegins to break. Once it breaks completely,the 'airbag' light will illuminate.
This was a factory recall for many vehicles and many customers are unaware ofthat. Check out the last site for information on researchingyour own vehicle for factory recalls. ...or contactyour local dealer and they will accommodate the replacement for you.
Check out theseweb pages for a more complete description: http://www.airbagsolutions.com http://www.airbagsolutions.com/docs/Clockspring.pdf
http://www.airbagsolutions.com/resources.aspx

Aug 21, 2011 | 2006 Dodge Stratus

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THE HORN ON MY 2007 328i ONLY WORKS ON THE LEFT SIDE. DOSE NOT WORK WHEN I PUSH ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE STEERING WHEEL AND ONLY SOMETIMES WHEN I PUSH ON THE BOTTOM WHERE THE AIRBAG SYMBOL IS. WHAT COULD...


hi cmccuin,

I think the horn contacts for your steering wheel are located at the 3 and 9 o'clock positions. The contacts are behind the air bag and may have a poor connection. If the air bag has been either removed or replaced for any reason, that may explain your problem. I have also seen just a few issues with the wiring harness behind the airbag wearing and internally damaging the wiring for the horn signal.

Jun 27, 2011 | 2005 BMW M3

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The horn does not work at all on 1999 escort


I am assuming you have checked the Fuse Box under the hood for the Horn Fuse and / or the Horn Relay and made sure both are good?

You can always try the steps outlined in this video to replace the horn pad. to see if this is your issue if you have exhausted all of your other resources.

Or You can try these steps to further diagnose your issues:

The horn relay on ZX2's is located underneath the dashboard on the drivers side. There are several relays located there - identify the horn relay by the "clicking" sound it makes when the horn is pressed. The likelyhood that you have a bad relay is minimal. Start by checking the horn fuse (the fuse box is located under the dash on the driver side). Next, check the relay. If the relay is making a clicking noise, it is probably OK. The next thing to check is the horn itself. it is located on the passenger side of the vehicle, up underneath the front bumber. Most instructions say to remove the bumber cover to get to the horn, but this is not neccesary. In my experience with Escort horn problems, the problem has been with the horn "switch", a wafer thin piece of plastic that lies between the steering wheel cover and the airbag assembly. Below are instructions for replacement of this switch - don't be intimidted by the procedure - it is not difficult.

You cannot buy a horn switch at a dealer - they tell you that the horn switch is part of the airbag assembly, which cost $450 plus. Understandably, Ford doesn't want people "messing around" with airbags. Go to a junk yard - you can eazily find and remove the horn switch from an Escort who's airbags have already deployed. I bought two of them for $5. Identify and remove the junkyard horn switch by reading step 7 below. This is an eazy fix if you follow these instructions. Should take about 10 minutes. I replaced my "stuck" 97 Escort horn switch as follows...
1) Disconnect negative battery cable, wait for at least 1/2 hour for residual power discharge before proceeding to net step (IMPORTANT!). This will disable the airbag. Neglecting this step could cause serious injury or death!
2) Remove two 10mm bolts directly behind the steering wheel - one on left, one on right. These secure the airbag unit.
3) carefully lift the airbag unit out of the steering wheel.
4) remove two small star-screws at bottom of airbag unit using star end screw driver - the horn wires enter the airbag unit next to these screws
5) pry the airbag cover (this is the front part of the steering wheel cover with the horn picture on it) off of the plastic tabs of the airbag unit, on the left & right sides - should come off very eazily.
6) now you can lift the airbag cover up (there are three rivets that continue to hold the top portion of the cover in place)
7) the horn switch, which is covered by a thin layer of dark foam, is a very thin plastic pad with two wires coming out (same wires as step 4). You can see wafer thin copper strips inside the plastic. The switch is held in place by three small plastic tabs. Remove the switch and disconnect the wires at the red connector inside the steering wheel.
8) replace horn switch with junkyard switch
9) re-assembly is the reverse of the removal.
This procedure should apply to 97 through 2002 Escorts, including the ZX2. Hope this helps someone save some money.

May 25, 2011 | 1999 Ford Escort

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2002 explorer horn inop


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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I have a 2006 dodge ram p/u. My problem is that when i press on the horn button, the horn will blow 1 short burst and then stop sounding. Everytime I press the horn button it will blow a short burst and...


this is not a horn relay issue. 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 follow factory Airbag disarming protocol can result in an unexpected Airbag deployment and possible serious personnel injury

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1997 Dodge Caravan Horn and Airbag light


It's the " clock spring " . Dodge has a lifetime recall / replacement on this part. Somehow it controls the air bag and is tied into the horn and cruise control .

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Car in garage at home middle of nite horn goes off and dounds con


horn switch defective. Replace it or adjust it to fix your problem.

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Changing steering wheel on a 2006 Focus


You need to disconnect the battery and the airbag diagnostic control module in the dash, do not remove the airbag until this is done, if it goes off you will have a really bad day.

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For focus 52 reg horn not working


water gets in and then no longer works replace with new

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