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I just received a 1982 Toyota Tercel as a gift. The horn button on the
steering wheel doesn't seem to work. But first, I want to verify that
the horn is actually installed on the car. Where is it usually located?
 
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"O.B." <[email protected]> wrote in message
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>I just received a 1982 Toyota Tercel as a gift. The horn button on the
>steering wheel doesn't seem to work. But first, I want to verify that the
>horn is actually installed on the car. Where is it usually located?


Look in front of the radiator/AC condenser. It is black and round like a
snail.

If the horn is present, check the fuses under the dash and under the hood.

If the fuses are all good, check the horn relay.
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Ray O
(correct punctuation to reply)
 
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On Thu, 12 Jan 2006 21:26:03 -0600, "O.B." <[email protected]>
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>I just received a 1982 Toyota Tercel as a gift. The horn button on the
>steering wheel doesn't seem to work. But first, I want to verify that
>the horn is actually installed on the car. Where is it usually located?


Especially if the car was sold in the USA, I can guarantee that when
it was built it had a horn. It's a federally mandated piece of safety
equipment that dates back to the turn of last century. <Ah-OOOOH-Ga!>

They are usually behind the grille and in front of the radiator
support sheetmetal, but sometimes tucked underneath the grill almost
behind the bumper.

Not sure about the Tercel, but the standard way of getting the horn
power to the horn switch on the steering wheel is with a slip ring on
the back surface of the steering wheel, and a contact brush in the
steering column hub. And a normal failure is the contact brush wears
out after turning a few thousand corners and the horn stops working.

If that's how yours was built, they stock the contact brushes at the
Dealer parts counter, cheap and fairly easy to change.

--<< Bruce >>--

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5737 Kanan Rd. #359, Agoura CA 91301 (818) 889-9545
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"O.B." <[email protected]> wrote in message
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>I just received a 1982 Toyota Tercel as a gift. The horn button on the
>steering wheel doesn't seem to work. But first, I want to verify that the
>horn is actually installed on the car.


Down behind the grill or bumper. For an 82, most likely the problem is the
horn itself has given up (due to internal rust). Get a generic replacement
from you local parts store.

Stewart DIBBS
 
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On Fri, 13 Jan 2006 07:46:53 -0500, "Stewart DIBBS" <[email protected]>
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>"O.B." <[email protected]> wrote in message
>news:[email protected]
>>I just received a 1982 Toyota Tercel as a gift. The horn button on the
>>steering wheel doesn't seem to work. But first, I want to verify that the
>>horn is actually installed on the car.

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>Down behind the grill or bumper. For an 82, most likely the problem is the
>horn itself has given up (due to internal rust). Get a generic replacement
>from you local parts store.
>
>Stewart DIBBS
>


Get a Caddy horn and really piss people off....LOL

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Scott in Florida
 
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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
On Sat, 14 Jan 2006 23:24:26 -0500, Scott in Florida
<[email protected]> wrote:
>On Fri, 13 Jan 2006 07:46:53 -0500, "Stewart DIBBS" <[email protected]>
>wrote:
>>"O.B." <[email protected]> wrote in message
>>news:[email protected]


>>>I just received a 1982 Toyota Tercel as a gift. The horn button on the
>>>steering wheel doesn't seem to work. But first, I want to verify that the
>>>horn is actually installed on the car.

>>
>>Down behind the grill or bumper. For an 82, most likely the problem is the
>>horn itself has given up (due to internal rust). Get a generic replacement
>>from you local parts store.

>
>Get a Caddy horn and really piss people off....LOL


If you go with a bigger horn or a twin horn set (from that Cadillac)
they draw a lot more current and you will burn up the wiring or the
horn button in the steering wheel.

You will need to install a horn relay kit to drive them - the stock
horn circuit can drive the relay coil like it used to run the stock
horn (no changes there) and run a new fuse and wire straight from the
battery for the new horns.

--<< Bruce >>--

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Bruce L. Bergman, Woodland Hills (Los Angeles) CA - Desktop
Electrician for Westend Electric - CA726700
5737 Kanan Rd. #359, Agoura CA 91301 (818) 889-9545
Spamtrapped address: Remove the python and the invalid, and use a net.
 
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