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Old 07-16-2004, 07:14 AM
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I have installed a horn in the center console. Here is what I did:

Ran 14 guage wire from the horn to a horn button.

Then used multi-stack connectors ran the ground to a bus.

When I connect the positive to the ACC (accessory switch) on the distribution panel.

The horn is on all the time when connected.

I pulled the distribution panel and tried all the 6 "legs" on the panel, the horn stays on all the time.

I did not install a 5 AMP fuse on the positve leg, I assumed that the circuit breaker would be sufficient. I am thinking I am dead wrong on this one

Second assumption, there is no polarity on the horn or the horn button.

Since I am electrically stupid, I am wondering if someone can direct in the right direction on how to get this wired properly.

P.S. I can't wait to install the stereo, that should be weeks of "fun"


Thanks in advance, Stripa
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Old 07-16-2004, 11:03 AM
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Should be pretty simple. Ground (-) from horn to battery ground, Positive (+) wire from horn to horn button, Hot (+) wire from fuse panel (or battery with inline fuse) to other side of horn button. It that doesn't work the button is probably defective. You can check that with any simple tester.

Good luck.

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Old 07-16-2004, 11:21 AM
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did you try the switch to see if the horn shut off when you toggled it?
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Old 07-16-2004, 11:25 AM
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Sea_Dad, I thought the same thing after my earlier reply...

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Old 07-16-2004, 02:19 PM
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Yes the horn does stop when I toggle the horn button, it also trips the breaker. I guess this means that I need to:

reverse the wires on the horn switch

and find a breaker that can handle a 5 AMP horn?

Is this correct? Thanks for your replies.
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Old 07-16-2004, 03:45 PM
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If the horn stops AND the breaker trips it sounds like you're shorting out the circuit some where.

I was trying to follow the 'flow' in your first post but I'm a bit confused. The switch is not polarizied so reversing the wires shouldn't make any difference. Here's how it should go...

Battery positive or power from your positive bus bar runs to one side of the breaker, there should be a wire from the other side of the breaker to one side of your horn button. Other side of the button runs to one side of the horn (if it's labeled, and I don't think it will be, should be to the positive side) The other side of the horn should run to your ground / negative bus or terminal.

Hope that makes sense.

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Old 07-16-2004, 04:47 PM
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works for me. toot toot.
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Old 07-20-2004, 07:21 AM
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Thanks for the direction, the horn is now working properly. I was good on the positive wiring, wrong on the negative. I ran the negative from the horn to the horn switch and then to the ground, that is where I was shorting out the horn button.

Tight lines, Stripa
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Old 07-20-2004, 08:15 AM
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good deal. Now you can go blow your own horn.
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