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Just got these horns from ebay. They were super cheap at $10 shipping included. Now .. Can someone post detailed instructions on how to replace the stock beep-beep horn?
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I have not done it myself yet. I will be doing it this weekend but by removing the front bumper since I need to get to the fog lights as well and some other stuff behind the bumper.

The procedure documented in KGIS is through the under cover. This requires the car to be lifted. Here are the applicable diagrams.

Note that the undercover diagram is for the back but the front in the same concept.
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Thanks for the information Tony. Will definitely check that out.
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I was always wondering what people find so terrible with the Rio horn. Some said it does not represent the character of the car. I thought it just sounds like any other car out there and after all it is just a horn. Then I came across another Rio at the parking garage when the owner just locked the door (and I heard the honk) and I thought that sounds really... cute, more like something you will find in a scooter.
What strikes me is that the horn on my Rio sounds so different from what I heard this morning. I have not done any modifications on that part so I am wondering which one is the real horn. I tried to find some video examples online but was not successful so far. Was Kia running out of the cute ones when they manufactured my car and gave it a grown up size?
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It is possible your Kia has a cold and a sore throat.
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I was always wondering what people find so terrible with the Rio horn. Some said it does not represent the character of the car. I thought it just sounds like any other car out there and after all it is just a horn. Then I came across another Rio at the parking garage when the owner just locked the door (and I heard the honk) and I thought that sounds really... cute, more like something you will find in a scooter.
What strikes me is that the horn on my Rio sounds so different from what I heard this morning. I have not done any modifications on that part so I am wondering which one is the real horn. I tried to find some video examples online but was not successful so far. Was Kia running out of the cute ones when they manufactured my car and gave it a grown up size?
Maybe You got lucky. But everytime I use mine it reminds me of the roadrunner. I hope to get them replaced this weekend.
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I was in a parking lot as well yesterday and heard an Optima horn. It was a much better sound and I was wondering if an Optima horn would be "plug and play" in my Rio. I would like something that sounds "beefier" but do not want to cut and splice on my Rio for warranty proposes.
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@KCOPE316, I think the Optima sounds better because it has 2 horns (low / high tone). The Rio only has 1 horn (high tone). If you either add a second low tone horn or replace the single high tone horn with a low/high tone horm combo you will get the same Optima sound.

See attached diagram. #3 in the diagram is the horn.
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@KCOPE316, I think the Optima sounds better because it has 2 horns (low / high tone). The Rio only has 1 horn (high tone). If you either add a second low tone horn or replace the single high tone horn with a low/high tone horm combo you will get the same Optima sound.

See attached diagram. #3 in the diagram is the horn.
Tony, your last post kinda confused me. My rio has two horns one located between the front bumper and the radiator next to the license plate and one on the back side of the engine. When you said the rio has 1 horn did you mean just one tone or just one physical horn?
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The diagram only shows one physical horn when you honk. So, I meant both 1 physical and 1 tone. I don't know what the one to the back side of the engine is. Can you try to honk and see if both make a sound? It could be the other one is for the alarm. I don't really know to be honest. I am just going by the diagrams at KGIS. I will try to look later to see if I can determine which it is. Thanks for pointing it out.
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