Did your car horn stop from honking? If you have one of the older cars out there, then don’t worry because it’s only normal for your car horn to wear out over time. But before you plan on buying a new car horn, see if you can repair it first.
Don’t worry, because this guide will help you learn how to repair a car horn all by yourself. It’s so easy to do and you don’t even need any advanced tools to do this. At the same time, you’ll be able to save a couple of bucks from buying a new one or having it repaired at an auto repair shop.
A car horn is important whether or not you use it seldom or often. Imagine a scenario where a person wasn’t looking and suddenly runs across the highway? How about a car on the other side of the road wherein the driver looks drunk or sleepy and is slowly steering to your lane? What about if you lose your brakes and you’re coming fast on the intersection where people are crossing? You need the horn to warn them.
However, if your car horn stops working, then you can get into an accident, whether it’s your fault or not. You become a danger on the road not only to yourself but a danger to others as well. So continue reading below to learn how to repair a car horn.
- First thing you should check if there is some damage to your steering wheel that could probably causing your car horn to stop. The car horn button is placed on the steering wheel so if there is damage to your steering wheel, then the reason your car horn is not working could be just because of the steering wheel damage. Sometimes, even a small break in the plastic can lodge in the space between your horn and the steering wheel disabling your button to honk the car horn. So all you need to do is to dislodge the piece of plastic or any debris such that you are able to press the button to sound your horn. If this is the only problem, then your car horn is probably already working now. Try it. If it doesn’t work, let’s check out the fuse for your car horn next.
- Sometimes, a burned-out fuse it was causing the problem. Just check the fuse for your car horn and if it is the case, simply replacing it with a new one will allow your car horn to start working again. Make sure to look for your car’s manual and see where the auto fuse box is located. Also, it will tell you what type of fuse you’ll need. More often than not, the fuse for your car can either be right below the steering wheel, in the lower half of the dash, or under the hood of the vehicle near the windshield. Once you get a new one, simply pop in the new fuse and it should work.
- If by replacing the fuse does not work, then it could be a problem with the wires. If you can check the wires attached to your horn, then perhaps a replacement of wires is all you’ll need. But if you don’t know anything about wires, perhaps it’s now time to go to someone good at vehicular wiring.