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Old 08-07-2013, 03:54 PM
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Horn NO Work E - flat/indented Steering wheel pad

Hello & Greetings to the Forum,

Sorta new here, signed on awhile back when I first entered into the Diesel Owner's Ring. Last October, bought my Very First Diesel. OBS, PSD, 1996 F250. Has some mod's done by a previous owner, to what final extent, I don't know. Except for some of the obvious. This is not a daily driver. I bought to pull my toy hauler. So I really have not been driving it, much.

Been slowly attacking some of the big & small problems it had, outside of the major mechanical stuff that it needed & it needed lots. Most done by a mechanic friend. I also bought a lot of Cracks - in the frame, etc. All stuff that was corrected with grinders, welder and lots of time. This was something (repair) I was capable of.

Now anyway, my problem is this: Not too familiar or comfortable, with auto electrical. But I am always willing to learn and have the desire to do so. Just as the desire to really know about diesel's and the PSD. Been reading many different threads on lots of issues and this forum has helped tremendously. Thank you to all of you!!! This is an awesome site with a camaraderie I can see is valued among you's. (is that even a word?)

So, - The pad on the middle of the steering wheel is indented and has no feel of pressing a button to sound the horn. So, obviously my problem is I have No Horn! I presume the Air Bag (don't really know if this truck came with an air bag?) is in there as well?

How do go about figuring out what to do? Is this an easy repairable problem. Can I find out somewhere how to go about repairing or replacing the mechanism? I tried searching Youtube, but no luck. I am ready to start using the truck now on a more regular basis, as many repairs have been completed. Can somebody help me out here? I'm stuck
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Old 08-12-2013, 02:40 PM
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There's no air bag. Horn relay is in the underhood fuse box; might want to start by swapping it with one of the others as a test. Beyond that, the horn pad just pulls off the wheel; you might find something obvious there. The other possibility is the contact rings between the wheel and column; have to remove the wheel to inspect them.

The horn pad doesn't really give much sense of movement when you press it, even when the horn works.
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Old 08-12-2013, 08:46 PM
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1996 F250 Horn not working

Thanks for the info, I will do the swapping of the relays.
And Now I know that there is no air bag in the wheel, thanks for that tidbit.

As far as the pad is concerned, it feels like not only indented, but feels like it collapsed, it dips into the wheel. I will do as you stated, and I will attempt removing the pad, I would not think it to be too difficult?

Thanks will be looking at that in the next couple of days.

Have a great week.
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