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My husband and I were awaken this morning to our car horn blaring at 8:00 a.m.. I am sure that our neighbors were awake at this point as well. We couldn't get it to turn off, since we thought it had something to do with the panic button. My husband got in the car and realized that it was the horn and pressed on it over and over again until it finally stopped. He gets out of the car and as soon as he shuts the door, it starts blaring again! Ugh!!! completely annoying and embarrassing. He gets back in the car and repeats pressing the horn until it stops. He then lets the car run with the door open until the engine warms up. It is not until this time is he able to close the door without it going off again. At that point, I got online to research the problem and found this site and see that we are not alone in this. Chrysler needs to really step up and take some responsibility with this issue. I have never owned another vehicle that had this issue, and it is definitely grounds for a recall. It is scary to read the posts where this has occurred while driving, I would probably get into a wreck if my horn just started blaring as I'm driving down the road. Not to mention the amount of "middle fingers" that I would probably have pointed in my direction. If anyone has had any luck in getting this problem fixed, please, please, please share!!!!! We should NOT have to pay out of pocket to get this type of problem fixed!!!!!!!!!
- Catherine F.,
Mesquite, TX, US
I have a 2001 Chrysler Sebring Convertible with a noisy problem: the horn goes off whenever it wants to. The first time it completely burned out both of the horns, which I had to pay for to be replaced, since the vehicle was long out of warranty. Of course, the horn always activated itself in the middle of the night. The Chrysler dealer diagnosis revealed that the horn switch is somehow defective, something I figured out after banging on the pad during one scenario only to discover this caused the horn to turn off. The horn switch is designed as some sort of membrane and is non-conventional by any means. Temperature expansion and contraction causes the two side of the switch to connect on their own. To add insult to injury, you can only replace the switch if you replace the entire airbag assembly, a part which is quite costly. So, instead of paying the over one grand repair cost for something that is obviously a manufacturing defect, I wired in a switch to the side dash fuse compartment in between the horn relay and the connector and mounted the switch in the center of the fuse box panel door. Now, when I leave the vehicle, I simply throw the switch and my horn worries are over. A hassle? Maybe, but at least I don't have to run out to the car in my underwear in the middle of the night to tap the steering wheel pad to stop that infernal blaring of the horn. This should have been a recall by Chrysler--which it never was--as the switch design is defective. Slipshod engineering is my analysis. Chrysler should be liable for the repairs but they assume no responsibility, probably because this model has so many electrical, computer, and alarm issues that they would have gone broke fixing all of them. My dash lights go on and off at random and I'm also having alarm and key fob issues. Sometimes the alarm works, sometimes it doesn't. And I have to be careful when I open the door, as the alarm sounds unless I disable it with the key in the door from the passenger side. Nuts! I really love my convertible, but I'll never buy another Chrysler product.
Wimberley, TX, US