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#622187 Sun Feb 21 2010 07:12 PM
Joined: Mar 2006
Posts: 263
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When I hit the button for my horn, all I get is a barely audible, wimpy sounding beep, not a good, loud blast. I tried different horns, checked to make sure there was a good ground, but it's still the same. Any suggestions? Thanx

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pablos49 #622211 Sun Feb 21 2010 08:23 PM
Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 5,712

I don't know if your truck used a horn relay...I don't think it did. If it didn't, the horn would have two wires, one from the system power and the second for a horn ground supplied by the horn button.

If the horn is powered properly, you should be able to jump the other terminal to a good clean ground and get the horn to blow.

If this happens, it means the wiring or horn button proper is faulty. If it doesn't happen, it means the horn is no good or the wiring to it is loose or poorly connected.

It's possible to use regular jumper cables connected directly to the battery to test a horn. This takes any loose connection or poor ground out of the equation and can sort of knock the cobwebs out and get the vibrator working again.

If your '49 used a horn relay this procedure isn't applicable.


atomarc #622606 Tue Feb 23 2010 12:56 AM
Joined: Nov 2000
Posts: 171
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Yes use the jumper cables on the horn, the horns are usually on older vehicales adjustable,you might want to look in to that if they don't work right with the jumper cables

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