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Old 07-04-2010, 01:25 PM   #1
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Horn not working at steering wheel but works when I lock the car

Hey, anyone have an idea why my horn wouldn't work at the steering wheel however, when I lock the car up the horn does go off like it should. Fusz 11 is fine and I even replaced it to double check. Any ideas are welcomed
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There is a 'clock spring' in the steering wheel, that allows the wheel to turn and maintain contact at all times, if its broken the switch wont work. Does your steering wheel click when you turn it?
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There is a 'clock spring' in the steering wheel, that allows the wheel to turn and maintain contact at all times, if its broken the switch wont work. Does your steering wheel click when you turn it?

I'll check that later today. Thanks for the reply
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Sounds like the doomahicky isnt connected to the doomaflogy any more...... bring it over and we will tear it apart and see whats going on.

Maybe these girls could toot your horn

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The fact that the alarm sounds the horn should tell you exactly where the problem lies, but if you need the schematic, here it is. The problem is definitely in your steering wheel. Here's how to remove it.

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The fact that the alarm sounds the horn should tell you exactly where the problem lies, but if you need the schematic, here it is. The problem is definitely in your steering wheel. Here's how to remove it.

Have fun!
Thanks for the help
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There is a 'clock spring' in the steering wheel, that allows the wheel to turn and maintain contact at all times, if its broken the switch wont work. Does your steering wheel click when you turn it?
Yeah, it might be the clock spring. It is located in between the steering wheel and the column. The wires from the airbag electrical system connect through the base of the clock spring's electrical connector to the end of the conductive ribbon. The other end of the ribbon is attached through the wires on the top of the clock spring's electrical connector to the air bag unit. As the steering wheel revolves, the conductive ribbon coils and uncoils allowing electrical contact between the electrical systems.

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Hey Rick, did you ever fix this?
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It looks like it was the canceling cam and I have the part and my buddy is going to put it in. Just been lazy as the car has been in the garage and I have been on the road. Hey I did put some headers on and the car sounds pretty good.
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Canceling cam? You lost me. What's that?
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For the turn signal?
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The cancel cam usually has a circular contact on it that allows the horn circuit to maintain contact while turning the steering wheel. I believe the clock spring is part of the circuit for the air bag. This is a picture of both sides of the canceling cam that I replaced in my brother's 1987 corvette

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Ahhh... thanks! I have never heard of or seen this thing you speak of.
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If you look closely at the inner hub of the cam you can see 2 areas that protrude out from the hub. They make contact with the turn signal switch that moves to the center of the steering column when the turn signal lever is moved. when the cam contacts the turn signal switch it pushes the turn signal switch back to the off or neutral position.
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