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

A typical Kia horn assembly replacement in the UK costs around £114 - £201. Depending on your Kia 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 Kia 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 Kia Sportage£121 - £190
Horn assembly replacement for Kia Picanto£114 - £178
Horn assembly replacement for Kia Rio£121 - £190
Horn assembly replacement for Kia Venga£128 - £201
Horn assembly replacement for Kia Niro£128 - £201
Horn assembly replacement for Kia Sorento£121 - £190
Horn assembly replacement for Kia Carens£128 - £201

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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 Kia 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.

Kia

Kia Motors Corporation (widely known as Kia Motors) is South Korea’s second-largest automobile manufacturer, behind their parent company, the Hyundai Motor Company.

They were initially established in December 1944, over 70 years ago, as a steel tubing and bicycle parts manufacturer who started building cars in the 1970s.

Coming from a background of building cars under licence for the likes of Fiat, Mazda and Peugeot, it wasn’t until the 1980s when Kia started to produce vehicles under their own brand name, and only more recently were they to become minority owned by Hyundai, who currently holds a 33.88% stake in the company, in 2015.

From the mid-1990s, the amount of Kia cars on UK roads has seen a steady increase to the current number of around 800k today.

Given their reliability, value for money and market-leading 7-year, 100k mile warranty, Kia is a marque that is heading for further popularity, greater sales and added respect.

Superb value for money

With an extensive range of models to choose from, Kia cars offer excellent value. From their city car Picanto starting at under £10k, through to their luxury spec SUV Sorento at £30k, Kia cars compete with more established mainstream brands, offering not only strong price-points but with advanced levels of technology and the extended benefits you’d expect from a car of a higher price.

Kia Sportage: The 10th best selling car in the UK

Given the rise in growth of the Korean car brand, it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see its best selling model sneak into the top 10 best selling cars of 2018. This great value and practical SUV is ideal for family motoring; not only is it rugged and good looking, but it’s also backed with Kia’s impressive reliability and extensive warranty.

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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