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Old 08-11-2014, 05:27 PM
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Good going, glad to hear it all worked out for you!
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Old 08-11-2014, 05:32 PM
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Ya, I figured it had something to do with some missed step like reading the WSM. My fortunate experience has provided me with a wealth of information when I read the manual. Not so lucky with these books. Problem found, ground control wire at relay was loose, in addition to no relay installed. Pulled the relay block down to access the back side, secured the terminal in the block, new(road tested) relay and "lo" horn, all working now. Thanks all.
BTW, yeah, the PO and his mechanic kind of had their way with this truck. But it was priced right, so far.
The power kind of lays down intermittently, sometimes from 2300-3k.
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Old 08-11-2014, 05:40 PM
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BTW, yeah, the PO and his mechanic kind of had their way with this truck. But it was priced right, so far.
The power kind of lays down intermittently, sometimes from 2300-3k.

New vehicle problem, time for new thread in the 2.3 forum.
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Old 08-11-2014, 05:43 PM
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Yes, RTFM is Read The F'ing Manual. Its part of the sig, not directed at anyone specific. I just get frustrated by all the posts about stupid stuff that is clearly explained in the various literature and reference sites available to even the simplest greenest car noob. I've heard it said that the "stupid" question is the one not asked. Perhaps. But a little effort would keep from wasting so much time and might even prove enlightening.

I have purchased the official shop manual for EVERY vehicle I've owned, even lawnmowers. And the Haynes or Chiltons (or both) for most. Ieven go so far as to watch youtubes on stuff I'm not sure of. (I've seen some of the most egregiously bad information on some of those, its sickening)

Again, its not directed at any one person, and if I feel the need to post RTFM on any specific thread, I don't post. I shared what reference material I had on this thread, and unfortunately, it was not helpful.
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Old 01-18-2019, 05:42 PM
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Hello Y'all:

Let me start out by saying that I have a 2001 Ranger XL, and all of the accessories (and horn) were working before I touched the truck today:

A bearing on my steering column went out, so the shop replaced my steering column.

The thing is, the ignition chime would go on, even if the key wasn't in the ignition. So today, I pulled the plastic steering column shroud off, and it revealed that four wires were hanging (these wires look like they would've gone to the clock spring, but I concluded that they didn't, because my horn was working perfectly, and the wires were left hanging/dangling loose - not plugged into anything).

Turns out that the wire that goes to the ignition switch was making contact by grounding itself against steering column, thus making the ignition chime ring. I took care of that.

Left were a few wires, whose insulation was stripped off the ends. These wires were left dangling; connected to nothing. When I put my dykes against one of the wires, the horn sounded. I wound up clipping this wire while it was hot. Now the damned horn wound sound when I hit the steering wheel.

I reached under the dash for the horn relay; grabbing around, I pushed on the tops of the relays, but I felt nothing. The fuses in the fuse box are okay.

Is it the horn relay? If so, how do I reset the damned thing? I know nothing about relays.

Thanks in advance
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