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Old 07-13-2010, 01:52 AM   #11
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I haven't even touched anything yet and now the horn is out.
What's next?
A 3 year old vehicle shouldnt be having problems like this.

So, I look in the service manual for the location of the horn relay and it doesn't have a standard relay. Instead, the manual directs me to the "SJB"(smart junction box) and tells me to use yet another scan tool.
This is BS!
A bypass with a regular and easily accessible relay may be in order.
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Old 07-13-2010, 10:31 AM   #12
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seems like im gonna keep my 99 for a loooong time.
it has a simplier electrical system lol.
besides it has given me 0 electrical issues. maybe someone messed yours too much
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Old 07-13-2010, 10:46 AM   #13
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dont hate the truck! usually they will pass inspection with an airbag light on, mine does here in NY state, and our inspections are pretty thorough. read the code like they said when you start the engine, then just look up what that code means.... horn stuff, i dont think things have changed much as far as the horn stuff goes... go buy a $5 test light and see if the actually horn is getting power when you press the horn button! if it is, then just replace the horn! like $10 at autozone.
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Old 07-14-2010, 08:06 AM   #14
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did you get the code? i had one pop up yesterday too! lol. mine was a code 12, which is a loss of power.... it was the fuse under the hood. a $1 fix. after i replaced the fuse it threw a code 52 out.... which just needs to be cleared. to clear the code (the code must be 52 or higher to erase) there is a 2 wire test plug coming from it.... at least on a '95 there is. turn the key on and let it flash the code at least once, then use a jumper wire and connect the two contacts in the plug together for about 5 seconds until you hear a quick beep. then unhook the wire. that should reset the light. and if your horn isnt getting power at the horn itself, sounds like it could be the clock spring code.
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Thanks pillen.
It makes sense that it's the clock spring.

BTW- I tested the horn first and it wasn't getting power, then I looked for a relay and opened this can of worms(no relay).
The fuse is good and the problem is intermittent.

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Yep, after some research and poking around I'm sure it's the clock spring.
If these things go bad all the time I'm not so sure I want to replace it.
Are these clock springs junk?
If so I'll just bypass the horn and forget about the airbag.
I've driven vehicles without airbags from 1985 to 2000(when I got my first after 70's car) so not having one again doesn't matter that much to me.
But if I can be confident that the problem will not come back then I will do the clock. spring. It just makes no sense to reward Ford for making a crappy part by giving them money for another one...and another one...and another one...
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those are not that common to fail, for what ive seen. in fact none of our Rangers had issues with that
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Old 07-19-2010, 03:25 PM   #18
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This is the first time I've ever heard of a Ranger clock spring failing. I'm sure it happens occasionally, but it is not a common failure. Just fix it and move on.
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make sure you check the code first though! you never know... its free to do, and it could save you a headache/money. the airbag will flash(#of times), pause, flash(#of times), long pause, then repeat the code. for example, if it flashes like this..
flash 5x, pause, flash 3x, long pause, flash 5x, pause, flash 3x. your code would be "53". post it up here and someone could check it for you.
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Old 07-20-2010, 07:43 AM   #20
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After hearing it's not common to go bad I went ahead and ordered a clock spring.
Thanks for all the info everyone.
I hope this one holds up better than the first one.
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