Horn repair

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keith
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Horn repair

Post by keith » Tue Sep 11, 2012 5:04 pm

This is how to repair the horn ring when it wears down.

Remove the cover over the horn
Remove the horn contacts
Remove the steering wheel and turn it over.
On the steering column, you can see the brush that carries the current from the steering wheel down to the wiring harness and to the horn.

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On the bottom of the steering wheel is the brass ring that contacts the brush. By now the brush has worn down so that it doesn't make contact with this ring any more. Remove this ring.

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Cut a piece of adhesive backed gasket material to fit under this ring, between the steering wheel and the ring and reinstall.

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You test this first before starting by unlocking the tilt wheel and move the wheel to its upmost position, the horn will work, but not in the down most position, or visa versa. Its been awhile.

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My tercel:: Goldie is a 1986 SR5 attualmente con Weber/also owned the first T4WD in STL in late '82
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Re: Horn repair

Post by ARCHINSTL » Tue Sep 11, 2012 5:13 pm

Bravo - Sticky City, it is bound!
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My tercel:: 1985, SR5, 4WD, 6-speed manual, Wagon.
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Re: Horn repair

Post by ALiveSR5 » Sun Sep 20, 2020 9:14 pm

When I had to fix my Tercel's horn, I first raised the brass ring, much like you describe. However, I was concerned that the spring-loaded brush might catch on the raised ring, either causing the steering wheel to lock or bending/breaking off the brush stem.

So, I reseated the ring in its normal place then put a solder bead on the end of the worn down brush end.
No other vehicle that I have ever owned had a heart and soul like my 1985 Tercel SR5 4WD Wagon. :D

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