Feeling Horny

One of the other things that seems to go wrong with LTs I own [especially at MOT time] is that the horn suddenly decides to stop working. And this year was no exception. Doing the pre-MOT check of electricals, I found that Herman had apparently joined an order of Trappist vans and taken a vow of silence. For his parper refused to parp.

Parp! Parp! [not!]
Parp! Parp! [not!]

After a futile half hour, pissing about with the fuses and testing the wiring with my circuit tester, I suddenly had the thought that it might be the actual horn mechanism itself that was at fault. So Off with Herman’s nose and I disconnected his silent appendage and repaired with it to the pavilion where, attaching it to my DC power supply, I confirmed that the horn itself was at fault. Closer insepction revealed that the diaphram seemed quite rusty and reluctant to move. So I gave it a good soak in WD40 and pushed and pulled it back and forward for a while til I felt it loosen up.

Then I connected it back up to my power supply again and heard the welcome, albeit ear-shattering, ‘BEEEEEEPPPP!!!!’ of a van horn, going off at close quarters, indoors.

Back down to Herman and I connected everything back up again. Another problem solved but also another day wasted doing relatively trivial crap, instead of useful things, around the van.

Meta TAGS: hornelectrics
ORIGINAL PUBLICATION DATE: 06 Aug 2014
AUTHOR: stíobhart matulevicz