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Airbags with Horn Problems
If your horn has stopped working the airbag may be the cause of your problem. On
some late model vehicles the steering wheel airbag was designed with a horn pad
installed between the airbag cloth and the vinyl cover. Over time the pad would
wear and the thin electrical film that supplies the connection breaks. If this
has happend to your cars horn, unfortunately these pads are not sold separately
and the steering wheel airbag must be replaced.
How to check a faulty airbag horn pad
working with airbags is dangerous and can cause severe injuries. Use these
procedures at your own risk.
F.Y.I. It is helpful that an assitant hold the airbag and
sqeeze the horns when ready.
First, you will need an ohm meter or tester that has an audible
continuity test feature. Change your meter to this setting and with the leads
you are going to touch one side (ground) to any bolt or steel part of the
airbag. There are some airbags that provide a grounding cable coming out of the
airbag, so you will use that instead. The other lead you will touch to the
positive side which is either a red or black cable and or spring loaded cable
(what type of positive cable you have depends on what type of airbag is in your
car). You will want to test your meter first to make sure the audible feature
works, simple touch both leads together and your meter should beep. Once
completed, use the instructions above while one persons holds the leads the
other simply presses the horn bottons or pad. If the meter begins to beep
immediately without anyone pressing the horns than the pad is grounded out and
the airbag must be replaced. If you press the horn and you get intermittent
results than the horn pad is worn and you have to replace the airbag.
Buy a replacement airbag when your horn pad is damaged.
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Known vehicles with defective horns
The following vehicles have been identified to have issues with the horn
Buick Lesabre, Buick Park Avenue, Buick Road Master, Buick Skylark
1995 Buick Lesabre Horn Image