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Hi

I have a Ford Focus 2000 ZTS, and the horn is going bad... at the moment it sounds like a sick cow... bruouuouuoo....

how do i fix it ? do i have to turn it in to someone, or is it possible to fix on my own....

i must add, i dont know ANYTHING about cars...im one of those who just buy and drive...

thanks for info!
 

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Well, if you get a used one from a junkyard it should be a straight swap - unplug the connector, remove one bolt (or nut, as I recall), and then stick the new one in... very simple...
 

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cool


what is the difference in price of having a dealership do it, or to buy it at a junkyard ?

if i do it on my own, do i need to be able to access from underneath the car, or can it be done via the hood
 

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u will have to do it under the car cause its close to the ground. it would be better going to the junkyard to get one from any ford or just a focus and put it on there. the dealership will cost to much probably just for the horn and to install it. they even sale louder ones at some stores.
 

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Most horns are located behind the front bumper cover and are mounted in front of the radiator from my experience. Don't know for sure where it is on the Focus. Never seen it under the car in all my time under there so I would assume it would be behind the bumper cover.

And I would just do it yourself. Like said above its very easy. Typically the aftermarket horns you get from a store don't have the connections for the factory connector. They have a connection for a positive lead and come with a lead for a ground to the chassis. So basically you cut the connector off the stock wire and strip the wire so you have 1/4 of wire exposed. Use the provided connector and attach it to the stripped wire and plug it in to the new horn. Then for the ground wire (provided in most kits) attach it to the horn and then you can ground it by putting the other end underneath the mounting bolt where it mounts to the frame. Easy as pie.
 

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hmm okey... i would like to give it a try... im going to go to a local mecanic and ask now on my lunchbreak and see what he would charge... and then call an junkyard and see if its worth the time...

ill be back
 

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Good luck!

BTW, I tried one of those aftermarket horns... despite sealing all the electrical connections with liquid electrical tape they kept cutting out. Fortunately I had just tapped into the wiring, so I had the original connector to just put the weenie original horn back in. I still want something like a semi-truck air horn so I can scare the heck out of people when I need to...
 

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its easy to do, i just upgraded mine last week because it died as well. the horn is located just behind the bumper, under the drivers side headlight.

if you decided to get a stock replacement, its the matter of unpluging the stock, remove one nut, and reverse the process.

if you wanna upgrade to something else its as easy as reading the directions that come with the horn. good luck man diy and save $$$
 

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Focus horn: Look under the driver's side, underneath the car, below the headlight. It's in that corner of the front of the car. It will look like a seashell- sorta. There will be a 2 wire connector plugged into it.

This is where it gets fun. You have to find another horn with that same 2 wire connector. This will only be found on late model Fords. I'm not sure when they started using 2 wires instead of one, but I'd say anywhere from 2000 up is a good bet.

If I were you, I'd look exclusively on full size trucks. The F-150 uses a single horn like the Focus, but with a much louder sound. As long as it plugs in the same then it will work. You should be able to make some sort of bracket work as well. With that horn you can scare the hell out of anyone who tries to cut you off.

The easiest option is to just get another Focus horn.

Oh, removing the horn will take some tools, but nothing major. The same size bolt or nut is likely to hold both horns on. As a guess, it's likely to be a 10mm. I say go for it, you can do it regardless of your experience so long as you're willing to get dirty. Junkyards are very dirty. You should wear old boots or old shoes, and watch your step.
 

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There's a problem getting a horn off a junkyard Focus.......you really can't get under the car very well unless you jack it up somewhat. If you're a really small person, you might squeeze under there, but I doubt it. Take a tarp with you...

If you get a Focus horn, changing it takes a minute or so with a 10mm wrench. The dealer probably has a minimum labor charge for small jobs, usually $50 or so.
 

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Hey, I've had enough of crawling under the car to mess with bad wire connections, but if someone could confirm that the F-150 horn uses the same connector I'd get one tomorrow!
 
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