Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car horn problem

asked by on

My car horn is not working. I did a horn diagnostics and the recommendation is to replace horn relay and horn assembly. I do not want to spend more than $80 on it. Any recommendation?

I seldom use the horn. I only need it to pass my Virginia state inspection.

My car has 72000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hey there. In addition to being a requireme...

Hey there. In addition to being a requirement for motor vehicle inspection in every state, the horn is obviously a huge safety component. By all means, you should try to get this working correctly. It is somewhat unusual for a horn to fail, simply because they are not used often - as you mentioned.

Check the horn fuse first, then for power to the horn relay, and on the output side of the relay. Horns can become water damaged however, so if you can determine from your electrical checking that power is getting to the horn, without an audible response, then you will need to replace it.

If you are still having trouble figuring out the horn, a certified technician from YourMechanic can diagnose the problem and follow up with repairs.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Lights for the dashboard are not very effective

Your issue is somewhat unique and may be difficult to diagnose, mostly because of the random nature of its occurrence. That being said, it is important to look at other things that are happening at the same time of the...

Q: Why are my wipers, horn and radio not working. 2015 Nissan Altima

Hello. I would need to know if all of these went out at the same time. I also need to know if anything led up to this occurring. Most of the time when this many circuit fail at one time...

Q: My interior blue light under the dash board dosent work

Hi there. Check the bulb and see if its burned. If the bulb is good then check the wiring to the bulb for a loose wire. A loose wire on the lights will cause the light to not function properly....

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.