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Unread 06-07-2011, 08:31 PM   #16
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I got tricked by txrj's recent post when he said he came across the post and it helped him fix his.

BTW welcome to the forums txrj!!

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Unread 06-12-2011, 04:49 PM   #17
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Since I JUST dealt with this today, I thought I would continue to build this old thread :-)

My battery died in the parking lot of a Les Schwab while I was checking out some 33's (I ended up not buying yet) but I Figured since my jeep came with a battery that looked fit for a lawn tractor, I sucked it up and bought a real truck battery for $55.

I just got back from a 1 week vacation and my battery was totally dead.

As I started looking for what could be draining my battery that wasn't before, I remembered that the Horn relay stopped "clicking" when I pushed it (my horn doesn't work so no big deal, will fix it later)

Remembering this, I removed the steering wheel cap and debated whether I should pull it all apart I noticed a small metal shaving shorting out the horn ring to the wheel nut.

I brushed it away with my fingertip, and relay now clicks again, problem solved.

Easiest/cheapest repair ever!
1980 CJ7 - The Grenade
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Unread 06-13-2011, 08:57 PM   #18
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Original poster here.... Thanks for all the insight gentlemen. Jumped a lead wire from the battery to the positive on the horn and it fired. The relay would click intermittently once depressed. Not exactly sure what the remedy was, but here's what I did-

cleaned the terminals of the horn
replaced the relay (4$)
and sand blasted the 1/8" of rust off of the metal plate that completes the circuit inside the horn.

15 minutes later, my la cucaracha horn is back! (just kidding)
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