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Unread 07-26-2008, 12:50 AM   #1
geusey
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My horn doesn't work!

okay, so this is a fairly recent development. When i got the jeep in april, the horn worked. I havn't really had to use it much cause i live in the middle of nowhere, so i dont know exaclty when it quit working. I tested the horn itself and it works. I pulled of the center cover of the steering wheel and checked it out. The connection seems okay, but im not getting any + battery juice. Fuse is good. The problem must be a broken wire or bad connection between the steering wheel and fusebox under the hood. Any ideas where to look first? Anything i may have missed? pleeeeese help

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Unread 07-26-2008, 11:28 AM   #2
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I believe that the horn is activated by you pressing the centre ring button. This grounds the horn circuit. The wire going to the centre of the steering column is not a hot wire and will not show a 12volt reading. If it were hot every time you pressed the horn there would be a large spark under the horn ring, not a good idea. As you indicate the fuse is good, and the horn itself is good. This, at least to me, indicates that there is an open circuit. I don't know about your YJ but in my TJ there is a relay for the horn, so I would check that out as well. If you do not have a more definitive answer to this by the time I post, please treat this as a bump. Good Luck.
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Unread 07-26-2008, 09:22 PM   #3
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I was having the same problem, changing the relay fixed it on my 91 yj.
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Unread 07-26-2008, 09:40 PM   #4
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Eh just take the easy route and rewire it to a button on the dash like most of us that are lazy
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Unread 07-26-2008, 09:52 PM   #5
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Eh just take the easy route and rewire it to a button on the dash like most of us that are lazy
That will work, but in an emergency situation (when some dumb arse alongside you decides to move into your lane) your normal reflex is to mash the horn button in the center of the steering wheel, rather that stop and think that I have to push this other button located elsewhere. Like others have said, it is likely the horn relay. But if you only need or want the horn to work for inspection purposes and all else has failed (or you are truly lazy), then wire the axillary switch to get by.
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Unread 07-26-2008, 10:08 PM   #6
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That will work, but in an emergency situation (when some dumb arse alongside you decides to move into your lane) your normal reflex is to mash the horn button in the center of the steering wheel, rather that stop and think that I have to push this other button located elsewhere. Like others have said, it is likely the horn relay. But if you only need or want the horn to work for inspection purposes and all else has failed (or you are truly lazy), then wire the axillary switch to get by.
Very true... but thats what the birdie is for ... plus its summer, i have the top off and they have their window down.... so yelling is my horn or preference.
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Unread 07-26-2008, 10:19 PM   #7
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Very true... but thats what the birdie is for ... plus its summer, i have the top off and they have their window down.... so yelling is my horn or preference.

Agreed,
Same here. It just always seems to be a inconsiderate driver in a Beamer that is always in a hurry that causes these reactions.
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Unread 07-27-2008, 01:04 AM   #8
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Very true... but thats what the birdie is for ... plus its summer, i have the top off and they have their window down.... so yelling is my horn or preference.

Agreed,
Same here. It just always seems to be a inconsiderate driver in a Beamer that is always in a hurry that causes these reactions.
yeah, the only reason i even decided to fix it was when a moron cut me off and i mashed my horn to no avail...
I'll check out the horn relay. Thnx im kinda an electric idiot
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Unread 07-27-2008, 11:43 AM   #9
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That will work, but in an emergency situation (when some dumb arse alongside you decides to move into your lane) your normal reflex is to mash the horn button in the center of the steering wheel, rather that stop and think that I have to push this other button located elsewhere. Like others have said, it is likely the horn relay. But if you only need or want the horn to work for inspection purposes and all else has failed (or you are truly lazy), then wire the axillary switch to get by.
my old horn didn't work so i threw in one of those Awoogah horns from jcwhitney, only thing was i had to kind of train my body to go for the button mounted on the dash instead of the steering wheel

also, people don't respond the same to an awoogah as they do to a normal blair
i got more smiles then middle fingers
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Unread 07-27-2008, 02:52 PM   #10
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well, i checked the relay. I switched it for the fuel pump relay, which i know works, or else the horn would be the least of my problems, and i got all excited, mashed my steering whell and


nothing. I guess ill have to track down the wiring problem. Either that or just rewire it compeletly.
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