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post #1 of 9 Old 12-08-2010, 01:02 AM Thread Starter
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Tempermental Horn

Does anyone else have this issue?

Back when I first bought my Compass, I used to be able to honk my horn by gently pushing my right thumb on the lower right corner. Not too much pressure needed to make it toot.

Now (4 years later) that doesn't work anymore and I almost have to wail at it in the center to get the horn to go (well I may be exaggerating but it's not as easy as it used to be).

Anyone know the reason for this and can I fix it myself?

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Replaced entire front end suspension at 190,000mi (control arms, inner/outer tie rods, bushings, etc.) (did it myself)

new Monroe struts at 160,000/mi (did it myself)
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Might be the cold weather since its winter in NY as well. The steering center stiffens in the cold. I suppose you could try if after a hour or two of driving with the interior really heated well and see if that does anything.

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Might be the cold weather since its winter in NY as well. The steer center stiffens in the cold. I suppose you could try if after a hour or two of drive with the interior really heated well and see if that does anything.
my horn doesent work at all if i hit it before it would cut out and die now it doesent work at all!!!! also tripple what problems are you having???? POST on nhtsa i have all the paperwork to file an investigaton against tie rod issues and seatbelt issues just need to do it.... DONT BUY A COMPASS .

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This could fall under the safety group of coverage which is not limited to the regular warranty. Since horns have to work for a safety certificate.

Call a dealer or if you have time go in that it doesn't most of the time and this is a big safety concern. Watch them fix it.

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This could fall under the safety group of coverage which is not limited to the regular warranty. Since horns have to work for a safety certificate.

Call a dealer or if you have time go in that it doesn't most of the time and this is a big safety concern. Watch them fix it.
i just called them as per my other post and it's not covered.....like i said im making a video in the next few days.

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You could report it to Transport Canada. They will investigate for sure and if its a safety issue. The will ORDER them to fix it.

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You could report it to Transport Canada. They will investigate for sure and if its a safety issue. The will ORDER them to fix it.
well i had a few minutes to look at the horn i had my dad hold the horn while i touched the wire low and behold it had a really ****ty connection but it does work...for now grunt

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Recently Overhauled every link/bushing in the front/rear
20% tint on windows
Lamin-X smoked tail lights
Painted all silver interior trim satin black.
I strongly Reccomend You Don't buy a Jeep Compass!!!!
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I see where the horn is located in the corner low and will catch a lot of road spray and likely salt. Not suprised. I would get in there this summer and spray Krown or some other rust spray to keep that away.

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Well... after living with a horn that only worked when you hit it a certain way, I finally decided to open up the steering wheel and check the connections. I disconnected the battery and waited a while before disconnecting the air bag. What remained was a black plastic ring secured by 3 spring mounted screws. After removing this I saw a green ring of copper with air bubbles on four corners (this is what controls the horn). This is connected to the car's electrical by a small black snap on link. I disconnected this and anything other connectors that were exposed. After cleaning them out and reconnecting, I plugged in the battery to test it out... lo and behold... it worked just fine! After putting everything back together my horn is finally back to where it was!

Hopefully others in this forum having the same problem will try this and get the same results.

2007 Jeep Compass Sport 4WD - Black
4 Cyl, 2.4L CVT
195,000/mi -
215/65R17 - Continental ProContact ECOPlus

Replaced entire front end suspension at 190,000mi (control arms, inner/outer tie rods, bushings, etc.) (did it myself)

new Monroe struts at 160,000/mi (did it myself)
Ball Joints 2x-both sides - various mileage (did it myself)
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