Horn not working, but buttons on wheel still work...Clockspring or something else?

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  1. gradyoactive

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    So the horn on my 2010 Prius stopped working several months ago. At first I could get it to honk by turning it more than 90 degrees to the left, so I assumed it had a faulty clockspring. I bought one of the cheap eBay replacements, but haven't installed it yet. I've been procrastinating, but since my inspection is now well expired, I plan to try to fix the horn this weekend to be able to pass.

    Now I can't get the horn to work in any wheel position. But my steering wheel buttons all still work perfectly. Wouldn't those stop working as well if the clockspring was broken? I just don't want to risk putting a cheap clockspring in there if it might not even solve the problem (I also can't afford to mess up and have my car not be driveable, since I drive every day for work). Could it be a blown fuse? Something else entirely?

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    the clockspring doesn't necessarily fail altogether. you would have to do some testing to be 100% positive, but it sounds like the clock spring to me, since turning the whhel affected performance.

    don't use a cheapo clockspring, they fail quickly
     
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    Check the horn itself.
    The technology used in making horns dates back to about 1900.
     
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    Thanks for the replies. I just tested the panic button alarm, and it works fine. Does that mean the horn itself still works, or are there 2 separate horns?

    bisco, how quickly do the cheap clocksprings break? Because I already have 205k on this puppy, and I don't expect it to last more than 240k, which for me is only about 1.5 years. Even if I need to replace the clockspring again before then, I'll have save a lot of money by avoiding springing for the OEM part.
     
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    then you're probably better off with the chinese knockoff. unless you can find a cheaper oem salvage. there's no data on how long they last, just what i've read here about reliability
     
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    Yeah I'd roll the dice on the ebay part-alike if the remaining service expectation is that low.

    Good luck!
     
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    I had problem with the horn - must hit it hard to work and sometime doesn't work at all. I tried replacing the spiral cable, but that's not the problem. It was the blue wire connection problem at the steering wheel, not at the airbag end. After I make sure it is tight, it works again without any problem again.
     
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    any update on how this was resolved? Facing similar issue.
     
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