For most car owners, staying safe while on the roadways is a top priority. While the roadways can be a dangerous place, there are a variety of things on your car that are there to offer a higher degree of safety and protection. The horn is one of the most used parts on a car. Even though this part of the car gets a lot of use, it is usually overlooked until there is an issue with it. The horn is used to alert other motorists to your presence or to get their attention when they are traveling to close to you on the roadways.

The horn on a car is normally located in the center of the steering wheel for easy access. A horn is built to last for the life of the car, but there are instances where this is not the case. Just like any other electrical component on a car, there will times when a car horn will need replacing due to corrosion or even bad wiring. Having the assistance of a mechanic to replace your vehicle's horn will definitely make it less stressful for you. There is also a fuse that regulates the amount of power that the horn will get. If there are issues with the horn working, the first thing that you have to check is the fuse. If the fuse is not working as it should, then it will be hard for the battery to get the power that it needs.

Another very common issue that will cause a horn to stop working is corrosion on the end of the horn that is on the battery of the car. If the connections are corroded, then a good connection will not be made. The only way to fix this issue is by taking the time to clean the corroded terminals and place them back on the battery.

The following are some of the things that you may notice when it is time to have your horn replaced:

  • A very muffled horn sound
  • There is no sound when pressing the horn
  • The horn will only work on occasion

Driving around without a horn can be very dangerous, which is why getting it fixed or replaced in a timely manner is essential.

This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How Long Does a Horn Last? and was authored by Valerie Johnston.


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