Horn suddenly not working on 2011 Sonata

Discussion in 'Hyundai Sonata' started by Wade, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. Wade

    Wade Guest

    2011 Sonata GLS auto trans. 11,000 miles
    For no apparent reason, my horn stopped working yesterday.
    Anybody had this problem?
    2 local dealers have not heard of this.
    I looked at the fuse in the engine compartment fuse panel, but it's a
    solid black box type fuse, so I can't see if it's burnt out.
    Wade, Feb 3, 2011
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    ---MIKE--- Guest

    The car is under warranty - let the dealer fix it.

    ---MIKE---, Feb 3, 2011
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    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    Since they have not heard of it, they are not fixing it? The dealer you
    bought it from should be happy to honor the warranty.
    Ed Pawlowski, Feb 4, 2011
  4. Wade

    Wade Guest

    They didn't say they wouldn't fix it, I simply asked if they had this
    issue come up before now.
    I was scheduled to take it to a dealer on Monday, but yesterday, guess
    what, the horn is working normally now.
    So ..... I wonder what's going on. I did pull the fuse and put it back
    in, but it still did not work until the next day.
    Wade, Feb 4, 2011
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    hyundaitech Guest

    In my opinion, Hyundai horns have been junk for many years. It's one
    of the components that doesn't seem to have caught up with the parts
    quality improvements. No sound or intermittent, the problem is almost
    always the horn itself (or both horns if you have two).
    hyundaitech, Feb 5, 2011
  6. Wade

    Wade Guest

    So I guess I will have to wait until the horn goes out again before I
    can take it to the dealer, right? They won't replace it under warranty
    if I say it was not working the other day, right?
    Wade, Feb 6, 2011
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    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    Probably right. What do you replace when everything works? If not working,
    simple test for power to the horn, etc. can find the culprit.
    Ed Pawlowski, Feb 6, 2011
  8. Wade

    hyundaitech Guest

    It'll depend on the dealer, how well they know you, and how readily
    their technicians know that the horn is a common failure point.

    For me, if I'm convinced there's no issue of operator error, and
    there's no evidence counter to a horn failure, I'd have no problem
    replacing the horn with managerial approval. If you come in reporting
    that the horn doesn't work only when the pad is depressed in certain
    areas, then it's rather obvious replacing the horn won't fix the issue.
    hyundaitech, Feb 8, 2011
  9. Wade

    Wade Guest

    thanks for the input. the two local dealer service departments I have
    spoken to, don't have a clue about any horn failures, so I sort of
    think I will have to wait until or if it goes out again.
    any ideas on replacing it with a louder aftermarket?
    what do you think about the following one? the length and width will
    fit I think, but haven't checked closely on the depth which is about 3


    my brother has a 2011 Sonata Limited, he took his car to a 3rd area
    dealer recently. when he mentioned the horn issue, they too did not
    know of any horn failures.
    interesting though, they pointed out that some Sonatas have two horns.
    I see that my GLS has one horn. Could it be only the Limited's have
    two horns?

    Could the horn from the Genesis or the new Equus be a better louder
    Wade, Feb 9, 2011
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    hyundaitech Guest

    Nearly all the Hyundai horns are basically the same. Differences tend
    to be the shape of the electrical connector and whether they have an
    air horn attached to make a more "American" sound.

    My limited experience with aftermarkets is that they aren't
    necessarily any more reliable than the factory, but that when they do
    fail, they tend to not work ever again. Caveat emptor.
    hyundaitech, Feb 10, 2011
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    Wade Guest

    Thanks again.
    The Richmond dealer parts guy told me today too, the horns are pretty
    much the same with the exception being the brackets are model
    He told me there ARE two horns in front, one is smack dab in the
    center behind the grill, the other is underneath or behind? the right
    headlamp assembly, it may not be visible.
    There is a third horn, which is for the alarm system, it is mounted on
    the side of the right front strut tower. I don't think this is the one
    he was referring to under the headlamp, surely not. I have not checked
    yet, it snowed today.
    I am not particularly pleased you have to remove the front bumper to
    get to the horns. The horns on my '99 Accord were super easy to
    access, between the grille and radiator, no need to remove anything
    Wade, Feb 10, 2011
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    hyundaitech Guest

    The ones behind the grill are often accessible from underneath. Of
    course, the ability to put the vehicle on a lift makes this much
    easier than doing it on the ground.
    The 2006-2010 had one under the left headlamp. I've replaced a few by
    removing the headlamp. It wasn't particularly easy, but I didn't see
    an easier way. Not sure about access for the 2011.
    hyundaitech, Feb 15, 2011
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    May 19, 2011
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    I also have a 2011 Sonata and my horn suddenly stopped working as well. The fuel gauge is also malfunctioning, and the vehicle is making a slight noise. I have around 18,000 miles on the vehicle and an appointment to have it checked out by the service department coming up.
    toi, May 19, 2011
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    Jul 25, 2011
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    Same here, horn working intermittently

    I have the same issue, horn stopped working. I checked the fuse and was ok, I replaced it with the spare one just in case but didn't work. The next day by accident I pushed the horn and it worked, turned off the car. Next day I tried again to see if it was working but again no sound, I'm going to take the car for an oil change and tire rotation this week and will see what the dealer says about it. Will post again when the problem is resolved. By the way I don't like the sound of the current horn (to week in my opinion) I will like to change it for a different one but don't want to spend the money.
    puchasr, Jul 25, 2011
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    Jul 25, 2011
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    Dealer had to order the horn, couldn't tell if it will be the same kind of horn or a different one (the new one used in more recently build sonatas ??) will update when horn is replaced.
    puchasr, Jul 29, 2011
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    Nov 24, 2011
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    once i faced the same problem but cant made it out taken it to the dealer
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2011
    jakelevis, Nov 24, 2011
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