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

A typical Mini horn assembly replacement in the UK costs around £121 - £201. Depending on your Mini 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 Mini 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 Mini Mini£121 - £190
Horn assembly replacement for Mini Mini Hatch£128 - £201
Horn assembly replacement for Mini Countryman£128 - £201
Horn assembly replacement for Mini Clubman£121 - £190
Horn assembly replacement for Mini Convertible£128 - £201
Horn assembly replacement for Mini Paceman£128 - £201
Horn assembly replacement for Mini Coupe£121 - £190

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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 Mini 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.

Mini

Mini is a British automotive marque that has been owned by the German multinational vehicle manufacturer BMW since 2000.

The Mini brand was originally introduced in 1969 when the vehicle model became a marque in its own right, breaking away from the Austin and Morris brands under the British Leyland umbrella.

The Mini Hatch was the 7th best selling car of 2018 in the UK. Mini is a consistent favourite among buyers with a leaning for British cultural icons and retro styling.

There are around 750k Mini cars on the roads, showing that the brand is still as popular as ever due to their compact sizing, attractive styling and its reputation as a classy and classic small car.

Mini: a premium product of British motoring

With its unique and unmistakable styling, Mini is firmly placed as a premium product. Its ownership by BMW has added advantages in production, by being able to lean on the executive luxury German marque for many of the advanced technological systems and specialist industry knowledge used in their manufacture.

A piece of British culture and a Hollywood star

Enhancing its popularity as a household name, the original British Mini became a star of the silver screen when it appeared predominantly in the gold-heist movie ‘The Italian Job’ in 1969, starring Michael Caine and Noel Coward. With a remake hitting the screens in 2003, the new Mini was called on to star once again, and a selection of Mini hatch models continued the tradition by featuring in the film.

Despite its small footprint, the Mini hatch is providing real competition to the Audi A1 and VW Polo due to its premium quality build. And with the weight of BMW behind them, it’s easy to see why.

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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