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SpareChange

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"Mostly" avoided the stealership.
« on: August 05, 2018, 02:19:58 PM »
Took my car to Goodyear for a state inspection. My car failed due to the horn not working. They asked if I wanted them to take a look at it, and not being a great mechanic or anything, I said sure. Two hours later they still couldn't figure it out. I told them I had to go to work, so they quit and didn't charge me anything. They suggested I take it to a Ford dealership.

The next day, I went ahead and dropped it off at the nearest one in the early morning, figuring the problem must be pretty complex. Around 5pm, they call and tell me I need a new horn and connector harness.

"You're looking at a total of $451, Mr. Sparechange." I told them no thanks.

Did a simple Google search, turns out it's a common problem on these models. YouTubed a couple of diys, and ordered a new horn. $20.04 and 30 min for install later, it works.

Sheesh!


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Re: "Mostly" avoided the stealership.
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2018, 04:53:06 PM »
$451 for a horn replacement! Did they confuse themselves for the Ferrari dealership? That's ridiculous.

Mr. Metal Mustache

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Re: "Mostly" avoided the stealership.
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2018, 05:50:49 AM »
I have a hunch it could be a cheap fix and an easy one too provided no broken wires. Check your fuses, the fuse box diagram will easily display where the fuse for the horn is. If all is well next disconnect your battery and wait 15 minutes. Pop off your steering cover (there is usually an airbag behind here and after about 5 - 10 minutes power is safely drained and it will not deploy) there should be a horn contact underneath here.

I did this on a 2007 Silverado but your situation should be similar. My horn contact went bad, bought a NEW replacement part off eBay through Dorman - $11.87 shipped.

See if you can find some youtube video specific or close to your make and model and see if you think you can tackle. (I bet you can)