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06-20-03, 11:47 AM   #1  
Horn Will Not Blow

I have a 1995 Ford Windstar Van. While the car was parked with no one home the horn began sounding, on its own, as if the panic/locator button was pressed. It stopped by itself after it sounded for 15 minutes. When I drove the car the next day , the horn would not sound. I pulled out the owners manual and located the main fuse panel and replaced the 15 amp horn fuse which was "blown". Now when I press to sound the horn I get a dull thump from under the hood as is something is attempting to actuate. I looked in the owners manual and found no other relays or fuses, designated for the horn, in the engine compartment fuse panel (the other fuse panel under the hood). When I press the panic button, I still get the cars lights to flash but I get no horn sounding. So here I am. I repaced the only blown fuse designated for the horn and still no sounds. Intuitively, I know something else is tripped or blown but I am stumped. Can anyone offer me any assistance. Thanks

 
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06-20-03, 12:26 PM   #2  
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Bad horn relay or bad horn. Bring power to the horn, if it sounds, the horn is OK.

 
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06-20-03, 02:57 PM   #3  
Thanks Joe. Where would the horn relay be located? The owners manual identifies the fuse for the horn - which I replaced - but it does not identify the horn relay.

 
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06-20-03, 03:32 PM   #4  
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Hit autolibrary.org for the location.

 
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06-20-03, 05:28 PM   #5  
autolibrary.org doesnt cover that particular vehicle, but the relay for the horn should be under the hood in the fuse/relay box there.
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06-21-03, 04:39 AM   #6  
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Billy is correct.

Yes, autolibrary covers a 1995 Windstar, I was just there .

 
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06-21-03, 11:48 AM   #7  
Here's where I am. For whatever reason I could not get access to the autolibrary site, but regardless I found the relay in a box next to where the fuses were under the dash. I swapped the relay with a good one and got the same clicking type noise and therefore concluded that the relay was OK. I then went looking for the horn and found it in the wheel welll - drivers side. To get at it I had to take the tire off and the plastic/rubber shroud covering the well. I found two horns a high and a low. I took the bolt off and disconnected the two leads - one to each horn. I then ran a jumper cable to ground and touched the positive lead of the battery to the horn hot connection. I got thge same dull noise so I am assuming the horn is bad and when the parts houses are open on Monday or a salvage yard I intend to get a replacement and test it before I buy it. The trouble shooting path has got me here and I am hoping that there is not anything else amiss which might cause the horns to short out. I like users of these sites to let us know if the advise they received worked -so I am providing this update. Thanks for the assistance.

 
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06-21-03, 03:53 PM   #8  
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Good work. Let us know what your outcome is.

 
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