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Old 18 Mar 2007, 08:47 am
Rodent
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Default 91 Civic Won't Run

My '91 Civic wagon's horn doesn't work. I tried to fix it by replacing the
fuse. The new fuse blew immediately. So I traced the wiring and found
corroded and broken wiring at the horn. I fixed the wires but the fuse
still blew. I took the steering wheel off to see if there was something in
the horn switch. This car is old and there is nothing electronic at the
steering wheel except the horn (i.e. no airbag, no cruise control, etc.).
I touched the copper clockspring to the metal steering wheel hub thinking
this would "complete the circuit" and would either sound the horn or blow
the horn fuse again. But instead I heard a some beeping from within the
car, not the horn, but more like a warning beep, like when the lights are
left on or something. Then the car wouldn't start, and there seemed to be
no power (no radio, etc.) However, when I turn the key off, there is a
fast loud clicking coming from some sort of device located near the floor
in the center of the car, very close to the heater vent. When I turn the
key back on, the noise stops, but car remains dead. Any ideas?
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Old 18 Mar 2007, 11:14 am
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Default Re: 91 Civic Won't Run

Rodent wrote:
> My '91 Civic wagon's horn doesn't work. I tried to fix it by replacing the
> fuse. The new fuse blew immediately. So I traced the wiring and found
> corroded and broken wiring at the horn. I fixed the wires but the fuse
> still blew. I took the steering wheel off to see if there was something in
> the horn switch. This car is old and there is nothing electronic at the
> steering wheel except the horn (i.e. no airbag, no cruise control, etc.).
> I touched the copper clockspring to the metal steering wheel hub thinking
> this would "complete the circuit" and would either sound the horn or blow
> the horn fuse again. But instead I heard a some beeping from within the
> car, not the horn, but more like a warning beep, like when the lights are
> left on or something. Then the car wouldn't start, and there seemed to be
> no power (no radio, etc.) However, when I turn the key off, there is a
> fast loud clicking coming from some sort of device located near the floor
> in the center of the car, very close to the heater vent. When I turn the
> key back on, the noise stops, but car remains dead. Any ideas?


pull fuses and check each circuit as you replace them. forget the horn
for the time being. check the battery circuits and connections first.

go to tegger.com for common no-start diagnostics.
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Old 18 Mar 2007, 01:51 pm
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Default Re: 91 Civic Won't Run

Rodent <greg_bahn@mail.com> wrote in
news:QbGdnWhhfMCc3mDYnZ2dnUVZ_qOpnZ2d@comcast.com:

> My '91 Civic wagon's horn doesn't work. I tried to fix it by
> replacing the fuse. The new fuse blew immediately. So I traced the
> wiring and found corroded and broken wiring at the horn. I fixed the
> wires but the fuse still blew. I took the steering wheel off to see
> if there was something in the horn switch. This car is old and there
> is nothing electronic at the steering wheel except the horn (i.e. no
> airbag, no cruise control, etc.). I touched the copper clockspring to
> the metal steering wheel hub thinking this would "complete the
> circuit" and would either sound the horn or blow the horn fuse again.
> But instead I heard a some beeping from within the car, not the horn,
> but more like a warning beep, like when the lights are left on or
> something. Then the car wouldn't start, and there seemed to be no
> power (no radio, etc.) However, when I turn the key off, there is a
> fast loud clicking coming from some sort of device located near the
> floor in the center of the car, very close to the heater vent. When I
> turn the key back on, the noise stops, but car remains dead. Any
> ideas?




You are aware you have TWO horns, one behind either end of the bumper?

Is the horn fuse still blown (or removed) when you get this clicking?

When did this problem start?

Any work performed on the car immediately prior to the onset of the
problem?

Any aftermarket accessories? Radio, speakers, alarm, remote start, power
anetnna, etc.?



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Old 24 Mar 2007, 12:42 pm
Rodent
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Default Re: 91 Civic Won't Run

Thanks Tegger. I did not realize I had two horns. I took the other horn
off-line and now everything works.


Tegger <tegger@tegger.c0m> wrote in news:Xns98F7972D75BCEtegger@
207.14.116.130:


>
> You are aware you have TWO horns, one behind either end of the bumper?
>
> Is the horn fuse still blown (or removed) when you get this clicking?
>
> When did this problem start?
>
> Any work performed on the car immediately prior to the onset of the
> problem?
>
> Any aftermarket accessories? Radio, speakers, alarm, remote start, power
> anetnna, etc.?
>
>
>


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