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Old 03-29-2011, 01:16 AM   #1
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Horn not working

Hi, I recently bought an e46 with the horn not working. My thoughts are the previous owner disconnected it because he had done that to a bunch of other things to get his sound system and angel eyes working. It's not the fuse. Does anyone know where the connector is? Possibly behind the steering wheel I noticed he might have played with something there since the screw is missing under the steering wheel. Thanks!
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:19 AM   #2
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I thought u said horny and not working!!

My brother had some problem with his saab horn, changed the horn still had problem, probly the connection at the steering wheel, some1 will chime in. use the finger for now.
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:22 AM   #3
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There's a connector behind the airbag. The actual horns (high+low) are within the front bumper aluminum bar.
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:26 AM   #4
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:27 AM   #5
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Ignore the horn. Use your finger. Makes you feel better too. Of course, you'd best be large enough to back it up..............
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:49 AM   #6
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There's a connector behind the airbag. The actual horns (high+low) are within the front bumper aluminum bar.
Is the connector easy to find or are there a lot of things back there?
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:02 AM   #7
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Is the connector easy to find or are there a lot of things back there?
Easy as pie. Just lift the front of your car, take the splash shield off and look more towards the fender. My bet would be they're unplugged, but I have two brand new horns at the off chance they're broken PM me.
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Ok so i pulled the airbag off of the steering wheel and everything was connected, i pushed the horn and listened for the clicking sound from the fuse box but there was nothing. I also bought replacement horns (not OEM) and wired everything up (just to make sure the color of the horn wires are brown/brownyellow right? if not i still tried the other colors also Green/greenyellow and purple/purplered). Does anyone have any idea what else to check? or what to do? the spark plugs are fine also.
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Spark plugs are isolated from the horns.

Brown wires are ground in your car.

The horns live inside of the bumper. You might be able to find the connectors for them by looking straight down behind the headlamps. If you remove the headlamps, you will easily see the horns if they are still in your car. There is a horn on both sides of the car, one makes a hi note, the other makes low. Together they make noise that alerts others to your utter lack of a positive attitude.
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Old 04-10-2011, 08:25 PM   #10
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Spark plugs are isolated from the horns.

Brown wires are ground in your car.

The horns live inside of the bumper. You might be able to find the connectors for them by looking straight down behind the headlamps. If you remove the headlamps, you will easily see the horns if they are still in your car. There is a horn on both sides of the car, one makes a hi note, the other makes low. Together they make noise that alerts others to your utter lack of a positive attitude.
My old e36 had the same and if I half pushed the horn only one horn would come on at a time... I worked it out perfectly to make like a clown horn noise lol e46 doesn't do this though. ahh good times!
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Check the relay. It's located behind the glove box.
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Check the relay. It's located behind the glove box.
Could you clarify, is it in the engine bay? or literally behind the glovebox?
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Spark plugs are isolated from the horns.

Brown wires are ground in your car.

The horns live inside of the bumper. You might be able to find the connectors for them by looking straight down behind the headlamps. If you remove the headlamps, you will easily see the horns if they are still in your car. There is a horn on both sides of the car, one makes a hi note, the other makes low. Together they make noise that alerts others to your utter lack of a positive attitude.
Thanks but i checked all of this and replaced the horns...any other advice?
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It is inside the car, behind the glove box. You have to remove the glove box completely, and then remove the white plastic carrier that the relays are mounted in.
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Maybe the actual button is faulty? which is part of the airbag
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