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k-gun12
07-26-2006, 07:47 PM
Yep. Horn switch is bad. That little $1 switch is smack dab in the center of the airbag assembly. That assembly is $800. My warranty expired 3 weeks ago.

I will never ever ever ever again buy another GM vehicle.

"Hey.. this little switch they're gonna slam when they're in danger.. let's make them pay $800 to replace it.."

pyro
07-26-2006, 07:50 PM
you can get airbags on ebay for cheap, not to mention junkyards. IIRC the switch is behine/in front of the air bag somewhere or off to the side. You got yoself a bad deala.

Mendoza
07-26-2006, 07:53 PM
I am sure that you could wire in a new switch some where else.

badboy2451
07-26-2006, 08:29 PM
fock your horn, who cares about it if its gonna cost $800

mightypan42
07-26-2006, 09:13 PM
Friend of mine had the same problem with his Buick. He got somebody to bolt a generic horn button onto his dash and wire it up for chump change. Works just as well as it did before, and he didn't have to shell out the big bucks to work around the airbag.

GrandAmGT1996
07-26-2006, 09:42 PM
fock your horn, who cares about it if its gonna cost $800

yeah for realll, just carry an air horn or something with ya. lol

k-gun12
07-26-2006, 09:46 PM
It's required to pass inspection. I'm not even sure if wiring my own switch in place is street legal in NJ. I'll have to check.

2002GT
07-26-2006, 10:00 PM
go aftermarket... much cheaper

badboy2451
07-26-2006, 10:07 PM
i dint have a horn for 2 years in my 93 grand am, never got any sh*t for it

SkiZZor
07-26-2006, 10:14 PM
It's required to pass inspection. I'm not even sure if wiring my own switch in place is street legal in NJ. I'll have to check.

Bring a friend to the inspection, and have him honk the horn in his car as the inspector tests your horn. lol

Lab Rat
07-27-2006, 06:58 AM
If you pay someone 800 to fix your horn I want to be your friend cause you got waaaayyyy to much money on your hands. (mechanic must think that too)
Seriously though, the horn switch is behind the airbag. At the most, even using genuine GM shi.., I mean parts the cost should be only ~100 for a new "clockspring" which includes the horn ring. There are also several other reasons the horn might not work that will be much cheaper. Please see another mechanic for a second opinion.

polo77
07-27-2006, 02:47 PM
that happend to my dads truck. wired up a button right underneath the steering colum and here in maine it passed for an inspection but again thats maine not nj

Ajaxus
07-27-2006, 02:48 PM
fock your horn, who cares about it if its gonna cost $800


exactly! this is why god created vocal chords and lungs!

Phuxed
07-27-2006, 04:44 PM
exactly! this is why god created vocal chords and lungs!
this is almost required...

"...watch for finger"

lone_wolf025
07-27-2006, 06:52 PM
I would think that so long as you have a functioning horn it'd pass inspection. Who are they to tell you that you HAVE to have it set up the way it came from the factory...

AaronGAGT
07-27-2006, 07:18 PM
My horn ring got bent 2 years ago and havent had a horn in a while. I'm sooo glad Michigan doesnt have that inspection crap!@

Phuxed
07-27-2006, 07:53 PM
My horn ring got bent 2 years ago and havent had a horn in a while. I'm sooo glad Michigan doesnt have that inspection crap!@
I was wondering what all this inspection stuff was about! lol

brsexton
07-27-2006, 08:05 PM
Yeah, VA has a pretty strick safety inspection. I had my horn switch screw up in my Alero. Think god it was under warranty because the air bag did have to be replaced. The problem with mine was that is was too sensitive and the horn would start blowing while I was at work. The dealer said the sun was causing the air bag cover to expand/contract and would cause the horn button to make contact. Anyway, it would have costed me around $800 like you said. I would go with junk yard parts if I were you.

Hurricane
07-28-2006, 08:38 AM
Don't you just love this modular design crap. Like having to buy the whole wheel hub assembly in order to change bearings. :rolleyes:

k-gun12
08-04-2006, 01:54 PM
Yeah, VA has a pretty strick safety inspection. I had my horn switch screw up in my Alero. Think god it was under warranty because the air bag did have to be replaced. The problem with mine was that is was too sensitive and the horn would start blowing while I was at work. The dealer said the sun was causing the air bag cover to expand/contract and would cause the horn button to make contact. Anyway, it would have costed me around $800 like you said. I would go with junk yard parts if I were you.

I'm not sure if I want the only thing standing between me and massive head trauma to have come from a junkyard

I'm still in awe at the sheer stupidity of this design.