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Hi, I know this sounds funny, but I can't find the horn. It has quit working. The few times I could toot my horn it sounded like it was located behind the passenger headlight. This porblem has become critical as both the horn and brake lights operate off the same fuse and now the fuse is blowing and I have no brake lights.

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Originally posted by skipmyway@Jan 9 2005, 12:16 PM
Hi, I know this sounds funny, but I can't find the horn. It has quit working. The few times I could toot my horn it sounded like it was located behind the passenger headlight. This porblem has become critical as both the horn and brake lights operate off the same fuse and now the fuse is blowing and I have no brake lights.

TIA

skipmyway
I believe its on the firewall on the drivers side!



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It is in an incredibly tight location underneath the passenger headlight, directly behind the sidelight / indicator. Typically, the cables attach to the top of it, so I can't reach in to see if they're loose or getting power. Looks like you have to remove the headlight to get to it - removing the foglight doesn't give you enough room as there's bodywork behind it.
 

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OK, after taking a little time to take the headlight out, I can confirm this is by far the easiest route. Pop out the little little plastic snap-locks (for want of the correct word) that hold the little plastic cosmetic fairing around the hood release off. Then one by one, press the little latches that hold the grille in place (there are five of them), and remove the grille. Remove three bolts that hold the passenger headlight in place (two on the inside edge, one on the top, and slide the headlight out forwards. You'll now see the horn underneath where the headlight formerly was. One bolt holds it to the car, and one cable connects it to the electrics. Note if you're replacing the horn (mine was dead) that if your replacement horn has connectors for power and ground, rather than just the single power connector, you'll need to fabricate a short cable with a couple of spade connectors to run to ground. (I didn't realise the Kia's horn was a single-connector design).

All of these instructions are for a 97 Sephia RS, and I would assume other 97s will be similar. On the plus side, if your horn is dead, you can replace it with one that doesn't sound as horribly cheesy as the original Kia horn did!
 

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qweilo,

I don't know if you still look on this forum, but I must tell you:

Thank YOU!!!! :clap:

You saved me about 70 bucks and alot of trouble of finding that POS. It cost me 13 bucks for a brand new horn and about 45 mins of work, had to drive to the parts store, could walked in 3 mins lol, when I found it was bad. But thanks to you and this forum I was able to find the horn and replace it without having to pay 70 bucks for a mechanic or 60 bucks for a tech manual. I hope I can be as helpfull to others on this forum.

OH BTW I have a 95 RS SEphia so it is the same as your 97 for the horn.
 
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