Horn problems are pretty common in cars. Especially if you have driven the car for 5 to 7 years, it may occur sooner than later.
Why does my car horn go off randomly?
Your car horn goes off randomly because of a faulty relay, problematic horn button, shorted connection, wiring problems, faulty accessories, broken clock spring, and fuse issues.
1. Faulty relay:
The horn mechanism consists of a relay. The mechanism will get the current even if you’re not pressing the horn button. If there is any problem with the relay, chances are it might short the entire circuit.
Thus, a faulty relay is one of the most common causes of the horn going off randomly.
2. Problematic horn button:
The horn button is designed for a fixed lifespan. It is measured in the number of times you can press it. As it nears its lifespan, it becomes loose. It means that even if you do not press it, it might exert some pressure on the horn mechanism resulting in the accidental triggering of the mechanism.
Usually, this occurs only after 7 to 8 years of consistent use.
3. Shorted connection:
In many cases, the wires might get shorted. The horn mechanism will get the current even if you do not press the horn button.
When the car is vibrating and moving around, the shorting of wires can intermittently, resulting in the car horn going off randomly.
4. Wiring problems:
Over time, wiring can suffer from corrosion. Due to that, shorting problems are pretty common.
Also, the wire grounding the entire circuit might suffer from wear and tear as well.
Besides that, the jacket of the wires can get worn out as well.
All these reasons can result in the car horn going off intermittently.
5. Faulty accessories:
Usually, many car owners use aftermarket accessories for the car horn. You cannot be 100% sure about the quality of these accessories. That is why; they might also be causing the car horn to go off randomly.
6. Broken clock spring:
The horn mechanism consists of spring as well. The job of the spring is to make the button comeback it to its original position after you have removed your hand from it.
If this spring is broken, the button might remain pressed, or at least the pressure might be consistently applied to the horn circuit. In that case, the car horn can go off randomly as well.
7. Fuse issues:
The car consists of numerous fuses as well. If any of these fuses develop a snag, it can result in the horn going off randomly.
What to do if the car horn keeps going off randomly?
You need to immediately undertake a few steps when your car around is going off randomly.
1. Check the position of the horn button. If possible, you have to press it once again and then lift your hand to check if the button is coming back to its original position. Many times, it might be pressed even after you remove your hand.
2. You have to turn off the ignition of the car. In most cases, the power will likely be cut from the horn.
In some cases, even after you remove the key, the horn might go off randomly. However, in most cases, these two steps will ensure that the horn at least stops going off randomly.
How can I fix a car horn that constantly goes off?
- If the problem is a faulty relay, replacing the relay is easy but locating the faulty one is not. It is best to contact a mechanic who can diagnose the faulty relay and replace it.
- The problematic horn button is easier to replace. You can order one online and replace it yourself.
- If the problem is with the shorted connection, even after removing the key, the horn will keep going off randomly. It is the clue that the problem is a shorted connection. It is best to let a mechanic handle the problem.
- When you have installed horn accessories and the button position is proper and tested the outputs of the relay, and they appear fine, the problem might be the wires. However, with so many wires involved, only a mechanic will be able to diagnose the problem and fix it.
- Have you installed an accessory, after which this problem has started? If so, you can simply remove the accessory and revert to the original mechanism. If you can do that yourself, there is no need to contact a mechanic. Otherwise, it is better to take your vehicle to a mechanic. If you need that accessory, you should get the OEM one rather than the aftermarket accessory.
- A broken clock spring is very easy to diagnose. In that case, the button will be loose and move up and down. While diagnosing this problem is easy, it is best to let a mechanic replace the broken clock spring since its placement is crucial.
- If your vehicle is new, and still, this problem occurs, the chances are the fuse might be the problem. You have to buy a new fuse and refer to the car manual to understand which fuse is for the horn mechanism. You can also test the outputs at the ends of the fuse to understand which one is damaged. Replacing the fuse yourself is certainly possible.
Some Car Horn Honking Time & Troubleshooting tips
Why does my car horn go off at night?
Usually, when this happens, it is due to the wear and tear of the horn circuit by the weather.
To fix it, you have to disconnect the horn wire and ask someone to press the horn button.
- In case of the clicking sound, it indicates that the button is proper.
- If the clicking sound does not occur, it indicates the button is the problem, and you will have to replace it.
It will cost you ten dollars.
Most likely, the button is the problem in such a case.
Car horn going off in the cold – why?
During the cold season, plastic gets compressed. Since it is used in various components, it might accidentally make the horn go off.
In that case, it is a good idea to disconnect the horn button, spring in the circuit, and reassemble it again. That way, you can put everything in the right place, and therefore accidental honking will not occur.
The car horn goes off when connecting the battery – why?
In most cases, when you are connecting the battery, it is the alarm of the car which will go off. Once it goes off, it will trigger the horn. Thereafter, the car will be immobilized. This usually happens when the old battery of the car is dead. That is why; it is nothing to worry about.
Car horn goes off when jumping – why?
Usually, this is because of the antitheft system of the car getting activated.
The good news is that the solution is quite simple. Before jumping your car, deactivate the antitheft system with the help of the car key fob. If you do not know how to do so, you have to refer to your car’s manual.
Once you deactivate the antitheft system, you will realize that the horn also doesn’t go off.
The car horn goes off when turning the steering wheel – why?
This happens when the horn circuit’s wire touches the steering’s metal and resulting in a short connection.
The best and simple way to solve this problem is to disconnect the steering column and find out which wire is touching the steering wheel, and after that, place it appropriately or replace it.