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Old 10-28-2012, 07:34 PM   #1
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One of the "buttons" on the steering wheel is kind of loose and hanging out. The other is ok. Basically sometimes the horn works and sometimes not.

Is this fixable or is the air bag an issue?
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Do you have a dual push button horn, or do you have to push on the airbag to toot the horn?
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I have a similar issue. I think it is a bad design that likes to break. I have to push the button just right to get it to work.

You would be surprised the number of Buicks I have seen with the horn buttons broken out.

The air bag is not the issue, but it may have to come out to correct the issue.

Other things could be the problem too, anywhere from wiring to relays, to grounding, to the horns themselves.
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Do you have a dual push button horn, or do you have to push on the airbag to toot the horn?
Two triangle, sort of, buttons.
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Do you have a dual push button horn, or do you have to push on the airbag to toot the horn?
Two triangle, sort of, buttons.
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I would start with making sure the buttons themselves are making the connection properly. Sounds like you may have an intermittent connection behind the button.
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I would start with making sure the buttons themselves are making the connection properly. Sounds like you may have an intermittent connection behind the button.
Do I have to take the middle of steering wheel out? And do I do this by taking screws out of the back? Any tips?
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I had this same issue on a '94 Century I had. The left button looked like it was going to fall out, and had to be pushed just right for it to work. Right button worked fine, and I just never got around to fixing it before the tranny died and I got rid of it.
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Do I have to take the middle of steering wheel out? And do I do this by taking screws out of the back? Any tips?
I'm not sure how its all put together. This is probably one of those fair wear and tear deals. Basically, take apart what you can, and figure out what is broken and go from there.
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You can replace just the horn switch by removing the airbag module and removing then installing the new switch. They are about $25 each. To remove the horn/airbag disconnect the negative side of the battery and wait thirty seconds then remove the three or four screws on the back of the steering wheel. Be careful of the airbag assembly while it is out of the mounting, do not jar, drop, incinerate, expose to strong electric fields etc. you get the idea.

If you are not comfortable working around the airbag, pay a qualified mechanic to do this for you.
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