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How much does a horn assembly replacement cost for Honda cars?

A typical Honda horn assembly replacement in the UK costs around £85 - £201. Depending on your Honda model and engine, and whether you live in a big city or a small one, the price of a horn assembly replacement on your vehicle can be higher or lower. We computed prices for some of the best-selling Honda cars in the UK in order to give you an idea of how much a horn assembly replacement costs.
Car modelFixter price range
Horn assembly replacement for Honda Civic£92 - £145
Horn assembly replacement for Honda Jazz£92 - £145
Horn assembly replacement for Honda CR-V£128 - £201
Horn assembly replacement for Honda Accord£121 - £190
Horn assembly replacement for Honda HR-V£100 - £156
Horn assembly replacement for Honda FR-V£100 - £156
Horn assembly replacement for Honda Insight£85 - £134

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What does a horn assembly do?

A functioning horn is an essential safety component of any vehicle on the road. The horn assembly refers to the system that allows you to sound your car’s horn. This usually includes the horn button (located in the centre of the steering wheel), the horn relay, and the horn(s) which are usually located under the bonnet.

What are the symptoms of a bad horn assembly?

Below are the top three symptoms that could indicate you need to replace your horn assembly:

  • Your horn makes no sound when the button is pressed

  • Your horn is too quiet to be heard by other road users

  • Clicking sound from the horn relay

What happens when we do a horn assembly replacement on your car?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Inspect the entire horn assembly and identify the part(s) that need replacing

  • Disconnect the battery

  • Replace the necessary parts, either the button, relay or the horns

  • Reconnect the battery and test the horn

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Hey Fixter, can I drive with a failing horn assembly?

It is both unsafe and illegal to drive with a broken horn, as it is an essential safety feature in your car. Failing to replace a broken horn will also result in an MOT failure.

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Want to learn more about Honda horn assembly replacement?

What does a horn assembly do?

When the horn button (usually located in the centre of the steering wheel) is pressed, an electrical signal is sent to the horn relay, allowing power to flow to the horn(s) which are often located under the bonnet. This circuit is known as the horn assembly.

A functioning horn is an essential safety component of any vehicle on the road. As a driver, you’ll use the horn to warn others of your vehicle's approach or presence, or to call attention to a hazard on the road. In fact, if your horn is missing or broken and does not sound when pressed, then this will result in an MOT failure. So to avoid hassle and money in the long run, it's best to have a broken horn replaced as soon as possible.

Honda

The Honda Motor Company is a Japanese public multinational conglomerate corporation—to give them their full title. Primarily a motorcycle manufacturer (since 1959) and engine producer (producing more than 14million each year), Honda became the 8th largest automobile manufacturer in the world in 2015.

With around 800k Honda cars on the roads in the UK, this marque is a popular and trusted household name.

Long lasting sensibly-priced cars

On the surface, Honda cars look fairly traditional, but this is a brand that doesn’t necessarily follow the pack; they often provide something unique to each of their models.

For example, the Jazz pitched against the most popular car in the UK, the Ford Fiesta, is actually a more practical option than most of its rivals. For a small car, it has an abundance of interior space and very flexible and practical boot.

The Civic is brave enough to make a strong style in design statement in a market where other brands are edging towards conservative. And the CR-V was the first of the SUV models to stop pretending it was an off-road vehicle and focused its priorities on its road based driving dynamics despite its off-road styling.

Honda motorsports: A long-standing history in Formula One

Honda’s first appearance in Formula One racing as a constructor came in 1964 at the German Grand Prix.

After a mixed introduction, marred by tragedy with the death of driver Jo Schlesser in the French Grand Prix of 1968 Honda took a back seat until their return in 1983 to power the Williams team, where they won 6 consecutive Constructors Championships.

Following the successes with Williams, they partnered with McLaren in 1988, going on to win titles in 4 different seasons.

Their return in 2013, again providing engines for the McLaren team, was met with much less success. After 3 seasons without a single podium finish, Honda was dropped in favour of a Renault built engine.

How often should a horn assembly need replacing?

In an ideal world your horn assembly should last the lifetime of the car, but there are instances where this is not the case. Just like any other electrical component in a vehicle, there will be times when the horn will need replacing due to corrosion, bad wiring, water damage or a faulty relay.

The law, vehicle regulations and your MOT

The functionality of your car horn will be checked as part of your MOT. A faulty or quiet horn is classed as a minor on the test, however if your horn is inaudible to other road users this will result in an MOT failure. To avoid the hassle and cost of an MOT fail, it’s best to have your horn fixed as soon as you notice an issue.

What causes a horn assembly to break?

Car horns are located just under the bonnet so they’re exposed to rain, debris and other nasties. If this dirt or rain gets into the horn’s innards, it can short out the circuit and break the vehicle horn (and blow the fuse in the process). However, a horn assembly consists of multiple components which could also affect the functionality of the horn. For example, a broken car horn can also be caused by a bad horn switch in your steering wheel, a broken “clock spring” under the steering wheel, a faulty horn relay, or bad wiring.

When should a horn assembly be replaced?

As soon as you notice that your horn is not as loud as it used to be or if there is no sound at all, you should have the horn assembly looked at by a mechanic as soon as possible. Without a working horn you could be a danger on the road and your car will almost certainly fail its next MOT.

What are the signs of a bad horn assembly?

Usually, there a few signs you can look for:

  • Your horn makes no sound when the button is pressed

  • Your horn is too quiet to be heard by other road users

  • Clicking sound from the horn relay

  • Burning smell from under the bonnet

What happens during a horn assembly replacement?

During the repair our certified mechanics will:

  • Inspect the entire horn assembly and identify the part(s) that need replacing

  • Disconnect the battery

  • Replace the necessary parts, either the button, relay or the horns

  • Reconnect the battery and test the horn

What is the average lifespan of a horn assembly?

A horn assembly is built to last the lifetime of the car, but there are instances where this is not the case. Just like any other electrical component in a vehicle, there will be times when the horn will need replacing due to corrosion, bad wiring, water damage or a faulty relay.

Can you drive with a broken horn assembly?

No, you should get your car horn fixed to ensure you are safe on the roads. It is both unsafe and illegal to drive with a broken horn, as it is an essential safety feature in your car. Failing to replace a broken horn will also result in an MOT failure.

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