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Unread 10-09-2007, 12:26 AM   #1
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Default Horn Doesn't Work on '97 Corolla!

The title about says it...The horn won't sound on my 1997 Corolla, and I need to have that function fixed to get the car inspected. And driving without the horn is just dangerous!

If the fuses seem okay, what is the probable cause?

Dealerships gave me a runaround, and want a lot to check it, especially if they have to get into the steering wheel.

Because I have had the car for ten years, and that is about when they say to have the air bag system serviced, could it be that Toyota designed the car to have a faulty horn unless the air bag is serviced?

What does air bag "service" after ten years cost, approximately? What do they do?

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well if the fuses are ok., check in the fuse box for a horn relay a lot of the imports have them they can also go bad.

if the fuses and relay are good then start by looking at the wires that go to the horn make sure that both of them are on, if there on and in good condition then go to a parts store and buy a universal replacement horn hook it up and try it, if it still doesn't work then probably the horn contact ring in the steering wheel is wore out. at this point you would come out cheaper to take it to a good mechanic and not the dealer...

I'm sure Toyota didn't design it like that, it's just one of those things that happen. parts wear out after awhile.

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I am not familiar with this particular car but maybe bear is or knows someone who is. I was wondering if you knew what he would need to jump to complete the circuit for the horn. If it is at the relay then he could at least test the horn. Once he has eliminated that he should move back from there until he reaches the steering wheel.

I hate electrical things as do most mechanics. I just know to start from the thing that is broken and move towards whatever activates it.

If it was a light i would start at the bulb and move my way to the switch.
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not sure about the circuit could get a haynes or chilton manual either one of them would have the wiring diagrams in it...

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you should try to connect direct power to the horn to see if it sounds off... that would let you know right off the bat if the horn was any good.
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you should try to connect direct power to the horn to see if it sounds off... that would let you know right off the bat if the horn was any good.
Thanks. Good information. I especially like that idea of working from the horn back to the steering wheel.

I have used the horn so seldom that I doubt that a ring in the steering wheel is actually worn out, though.

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you never know, but try working your way back from the horn, that will give you a better idea of what is bad instead of replacing the whole shebang.
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