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post #1 of 16 Old 10-18-2012, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Stebel Horn BLOWS Constantly

So today I'm driving home 30 mph on a quiet street in a quiet neighborhood and as luck would have it, I see the CHP with somebody pulled over in the quiet neighborhood getting a ticket. As soon as a pull alongside them, my Stebel horn, for no apparent reason goes off all on its own. I'm thinking REALLY - right next to the CHP?????? I pull over right next to him. It's loud of course. I'm thinking mine is the next ticket, perhaps a fixit ticket. I shut the motor off, pull the key. The horn is still blowing. I'm drawing all sorts of attention to myself. I had installed this horn myself. The only thing I know to do is to pull the hot wire off the horn. That stops it. Now the CHP guy is coming for me. He's done with his ticket. I just started laughing at myself saying I'm driving along and it picks the worst place in the world to go off, next to him. And then of course I laugh some more by saying and as luck would have it, I don't have a little chirpy horn, I have a you can really HEAR this HORN horn. He now is laughing and tells me I must be the worst motorcycle thief he's ever encountered. Now I'm thinking I did not steal the bike, but realize he is joking. So we have a laugh. Embarrassing moment over. I'm less than a mile from my house. I ride home with the hot wire dangling loose. No horn. I took apart my switch on the handlebar. All looks to be in order. DOES anybody know what would make the horn stick in the BLOWING position????? I would think were it the fuse or the relay the thing would just not work at all. Thoughts and ideas appreciated. In the meantime I have an email to Stebel Tech Support. I'm thinking I will get a quicker, and quite likely, better response from some of you. Perhaps a laugh at my bad timing as well.
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Moisture could do it, I think. But smarter people will be along soon. That's an epic story, brother.




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If you installed the relay, was it the right size?

The only thing I can think of is that the relay contacts stuck. Check the continuity between pin 30 and 87 on the relay. It should be open.

If there was no relay, you may have fused the switch contacts together, as they are not rated for as much current as the Stebel draws.

The Stebel itself either works or doesn't - there are no contacts that I'm aware of that would stick in the compressor circuit.

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OK, now reading for comprehension...

You said the switch looks in order, so that's out. You said there was a relay, so that's in.

I'm really not aware of any automotive relay that isn't rated for 30A, but would still suspect that the contacts between pin 30 and 87 may have stuck themselves together.

I'd check that - there should be no continuity. If there is, swap the relay out and try again.

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OK, now reading for comprehension...

You said the switch looks in order, so that's out. You said there was a relay, so that's in.

I'm really not aware of any automotive relay that isn't rated for 30A, but would still suspect that the contacts between pin 30 and 87 may have stuck themselves together.

I'd check that - there should be no continuity. If there is, swap the relay out and try again.

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I have had issues with relays that got wet, exhibit this same type of behavior. Albeit different vehicle and different use, once my relays got wet, I would come out to find that whatever they were powering was on constantly.
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I have had issues with relays that got wet, exhibit this same type of behavior. Albeit different vehicle and different use, once my relays got wet, I would come out to find that whatever they were powering was on constantly.
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Italian conspiracy I say... ha ha ha good story...
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"He mentioned nothing about moisture", Tom said icily

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The only time I've had issues with my horn have been moisture related. But I scare the piss out of myself a lot.




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