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01-12-03, 09:33 PM   #1  
Da' Horn No Honka!

I've got a couple of issues with my wife's '92 Escort wagon with 1.9 engine, 5-speed, WW tires, needs washing. For some time her horn has not worked. I had not looked at it till Friday PM. When I press the horn button, I can hear the relay under the dash clicking. This leads me to believe that the button and relay are OK, so I started looking for the horn itself to check it out. My shop manual says to get to it I must remove the radiator grill and the headlight assembly. the grill comes out easily enough, but the headlight assembly is a significant project. The turn signal must come out, then many other components to accomplish the task. Before I go to the trouble of removing the light assembly, I would like to know which light - driver's side, or passenger side?? My manual doesn't address this slight point, and the illustration doesn't give a hint either. Does anyone have any first-hand knowledge about on which side the horn is mounted? A visual examination doesn't show anything.

Second item - this morning while going to pick up our grandchildren to take them to church, I looked at the speedometer and noticed it said my speed was 75 MPH. I let off the gas and touched the brakes, then I realized that I couldn't have actually been doing more than about 45 to 50. My wife said "oh, yes, I have noticed recently that the speedometer shows I am going much faster that I really am driving". This is an analog unit, cable driven off the transaxle. It's action is smooth with no jerks as it moves from a stop up to speed, it just is reading considerable faster than true speed. Nothing has been done to the car recently, no tire changes, no transmission work. One thing just now comes to mind which possibly could be related to the problem. The last time I had the car on the hiway and turned on the cruise control it did not work. This was a couple of months ago however, and the speedometer trouble just started in the last few days. Does anyone have any ideas as to what may be the problem with the speedometer?

 
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01-13-03, 10:20 AM   #2  
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Stretched cable or out of calibration speedo head. Change the cable. If there's no improvement leave it alone unless you find a new speedo head cheap in the junkyard. Not worth fixing.

Make sure the horn is the problem. Find it, and run a temporary jumper wire from the battery to the horn. If it sounds, the horn is fine and the problem is elsewhere.

 
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01-13-03, 10:29 AM   #3  
Joe, you mention exactly the test I want to do, but my question is which side is the horn located on? I don't want to go to the trouble of removal of the headlight assembly and find I should have removed the other one.

 
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01-13-03, 11:45 AM   #4  
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What does autolibrary.org below have to say?

 
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01-13-03, 12:02 PM   #5  
Autolibrary doesn't address the horn other than showing it in the schematic, which I have in my shop manual. There is no discussion concerning the horn's location.

 
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02-18-03, 07:59 PM   #6  
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Dude I have a 1995 Ford Escort, I am sure the horn is in the same spot, do you want me to go outside and have someone toot my horn?? chances are they are in the same spot...

 
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02-18-03, 09:50 PM   #7  
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If you have the OEM Ford manual, that's the best it gets .

Alternatively, just hit any Ford dealer's parts department and they will find the printout of the part on the parts computer. Then, you'll know the exact location.

Done

 
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02-19-03, 04:04 AM   #8  
cxfuent - Yes, that would be a help. Thanks

 
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02-19-03, 10:55 AM   #9  
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I conducted my highly scientific test, and the results.....drumroll............


Drivers side.. good luck

 
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