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Old 06-19-2005, 03:28 PM   #1
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Default 03 WRX, honk the horn blow the fuse...

Ok so car came back from the body shop. Horn was not working. I looked and the fuse was popped. I replaced it, honked and nothing. Looked and the fuse was popped again.

Any ideas where to start looking to fix this?
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Old 06-19-2005, 04:12 PM   #2
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Bad horn, bad relay or pinched wire someplace. If it worked before the body work make the shop fix it.
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Old 06-19-2005, 07:51 PM   #3
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Problem is bodyshops take thier sweet freakin time......

Wire is a given, ground or something. I hate tracing wires so...

So a bad relay could cause this?
Or a Bad horn could cause this?
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Old 06-19-2005, 08:14 PM   #4
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More likely the (+) wire after the horn relay, on the way out to the horn. You press the switch, relay actuates, current flows and grounds out thru a cut in wire jacket somewhere. Was it in the shop for front end work?
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Old 06-19-2005, 08:16 PM   #5
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...bet it's a pinched wire.
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Old 06-20-2005, 12:56 AM   #6
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No it was in the shop for a respray. No damage at all. Just had custom work and paint done.

Can I trace the wire or is it in the loom?
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Old 06-20-2005, 01:16 AM   #7
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Hmmm...Ok.

The horn leads are pretty easy to trace, from the horns to the edge of the radiator...after that they're buried pretty well.

I'd pop the front grille and take a look at the horn leads. Make sure they're attached to the horn's terminals correctly, not stuck to some errant hunk of metal by a lazy masker (hey, ya never know!).


Pull the leads on both horns loose and set them so they're not contacting the chassis anywhere. Re-fuse the circuit, press the horn button...if fuse blows, there's a problem in the wiring or relay. Pull the relay, use your multimeter to check for continuity between chassis ground and the horn lead...if there's no continuity, replacing the relay would be the next step.


If fuse doesn't blow, hook up one horn and try it, then the other.
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:58 PM   #8
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My horns were not working when i got my 02 wrx wagon.no blown fuses at all and the relay was clicking on and off.tried taking out the horns and cleaning all the grounds and connections and still nothing.so just for grins i went to the local parts store and got a new relay and BOOM horns are good as new.so even if the relay is clicking on and off try replacing it.was only like 6-7 bux
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Please let the 7-year-old thread lie.
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