With all of the danger on the roadways, finding a way to keep yourself and your car safe should be a concern. A car has a variety of different mechanisms that are built into it that will allow for the driver to remain safe in a number of situations. Among the most used safety features on a car is the horn. The horn switch helps to send the power from the horn button to the solenoid that activates it. Every time that you push the horn, the horn switch will have to activate and supply the power needed to make a sound.

A horn switch is supposed to last as long as the car does. In most cases, this will not be the case due to the wear and tear that this switch will have over the years. The horn switch is usually mounted on the firewall of the car and is exposed to a lot of heat. Over time, this heat will begin to compromise the degree of functionality that the horn switch has. Generally, the wiring inside of the switch is what will become damaged and prohibit it from working properly. Attempting to fix this wiring will usually end badly and may lead to even more damage for your car.

The replacement of the switches or relays on a car can be a very complicated process and should be left to the professionals. While there is no real test to determine if a switch is bad, a professional can test the continuity of the electrical charge to see if it is doing the job that it was intended to do. Having this kind of check performed can help you get to the bottom of your horn related issues.

Here are a few of the things that you will experience when it is time to have your horn switch replaced:

  • There is no sound coming out of the horn when pressed
  • The horn will not stop sounding
  • The fuse for the horn keeps blowing
  • There is only a clicking sound when the horn is pressed

Getting your horn fixed right away is the best way to ensure that you stay safe while navigating the roadways.

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


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