How Much Does Car Horn Repair Cost?
A car horn is an essential part of a vehicle for the many purposes it gives. It can be used to alert people from being hit, to warn another driver of dangers on the road, or to get the attention of others if you are in need of ask assistance; therefore, it is a must that your car horn works when you travel. In fact, it is required by most states that your car horn work or your vehicle may not pass inspection.
There are many reasons you may need to repair a car horn. The fact that it is broken may be due to a problem in the switch or button, or there could be a problem somewhere in the electrical system or in the wiring connections. If there is a broken electrical connection in the horn or damage to the horn’s diaphragm, the horn relay will be the source of the problem. In most cases, however, the cause of a broken car horn is a burned-out fuse that causes the car horn to stop working. In this case, the fuse simply needs to be replaced and the car horn will start working once again.
There are some problems that cause a car horn to stop working which the average person could repair themselves. For other causes, you may need to help of a mechanic. You may also need help from a mechanic to diagnose the problem in the first place.
How much does it cost?
- Car horn repair costs can be very minimal depending on the cause of the problem. If you have to take the car in, the cost will greatly depend on the mechanic whom you choose and the problem that he finds.
- Horns can be bought for as low as $10 from automotive shops. If you do the installation by yourself then you will have spent a very minimal amount on it. Purchasing and replacing the car horn on your own can range anywhere from $10 to $45.
- For a professional mechanic, the costs will probably be anywhere from $45 to as much as $110. The said price would depend greatly on how simple or complicated the problem is that needs to be fixed. The make of the vehicle would also be counted as a factor, as would the cost of living in your area.
- On the forum 2carpros.com, one participant who owned a 1997 Lincoln Mark VIII said that the repair cost on his car for a dead horn averaged $100 for the horn and labor included. The big difference in cost depends so much on the type of vehicle that you own.
What is going to be included?
- If you only purchase the car horn with the intention of installing it yourself, the package will include all the wires and things you need to install the new horn in your car.
- Depending on your arrangement with the mechanic, the price usually includes labor for his services as well as the cost of the horn itself.
- During the procedure, the stock horn will be disconnected. Most horns are either located under the hood near the battery or between the fenders. Once removed, the new horn will be connected to the existing power wire.
What are the extra costs?
- There may be other costs involved depending on the source and complexity of the problem. If the wiring is bad and has to be replaced, this can be considered an additional cost. There may even be a deeper issue within the car’s electrical system of which the car horn was only a symptom.
- Some mechanics may require you to purchase the horn itself on your own. Most horns that are available are able to placed in any model of vehicle.
Tips to know:
- Check the fuse and horn relay. Newer vehicles are installed with plug-in relays that are quite easy to replace if this is the source of the problem.
- If you think the problem is with the connections, try tracing back to see where you have voltage because that is also what mechanics do to find out the cause.
How can I save money?
- If you have the time, try to find out the problem on your own before taking your car to a mechanic or car dealership. That way you can save yourself around $75-$100 per hour that mechanics charge for their services. Installing a car horn is very simple and can be done within an hour or so. To learn how to install a car horn, there are many guides online such as this eHow.com guide. There are also many on websites such as YouTube that might be able to help you diagnose the problem in the first place.
- You could potentially get a used car horn from a car that has been totaled in an accident. Check with a local junk yard to see if there are any car horns available.