Horn doesn't work 1985 power ram W150

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  1. Brucecmc

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    Horn works direct from battery. Have amperage at the steering wheel (light tested, not metered). No amperage at the connector wires at the horn itself. My prob is that I don't know where to check between the steering wheel and the hops heading out to the horn to check wiring and presence of current.

    Seems if the fuse or the relay were fouled, I wouldn't have successful test at the connectors at the steering wheel (checked fuse, appears good. No clicking at the relay)
     
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    it is possible that the relay has gone bad. the horn button supplies the relay with ground when you press the horn button.
     
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    Horn don't work

    That relay could be messed up even though I'm showing light test success at the steering wheel?
     
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    the horn wire gets it ground from the steering wheel and grounds the relay which let power go through the relay to the horn. you could possibly pull the horn relay and use a jumper cable to see if you can get the horn working from in the cab. if you are able to then the horn relay is most likely bad.
     
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    Cool. I'll give that a shot. Ran into a new prob today. Engine will only start/stay running if I have the ignition in the start position. Mr Google says ballast resistor or ignition switch. I'll prolly post new thread for this. But figured while you were responding I'd see if u had thoughts on that symptom.
     
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    that sounds like a bad ballast resister. you can try bypassing it with a jumper cable but if that fixes it you may want to replace as soon as possible. a jumper cable bypassing the ballast resister will get you off the side of the road but can kill the coil if left too long.
     
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    Lemme give that a whirl
     
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    Horn don't work

    Thought it wud be a quick Google search. But guess not. Alright,
    1. On the 85 W150 where is the ballast resistor. And
    2. How is it by passed?

    I feel like a dork.

    Thanks for the help
     
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    Well figured out how to by pass the ballast resistor. Truck wouldn't start at all. Reconnected the BR and again, it will start when ignition is on and dies as soon as I release.
    Ignition switch maybe?
     
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    it could be the ignition switch but i would try testing all the fuses for power with the key in the on position. you could have had a fusible link fail which would stop your horn from working along with many other things.
     

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