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raykl
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Feb 17, 2010, 11:58 AM

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1988 Ford Ranger Horn relay Sign In

Where is the horn relay on a 1988 Ford Ranger? I am trying to get it inspected and mechanic can't find it. Thanks.


Hammer Time
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Feb 17, 2010, 1:00 PM

Post #2 of 14 (7246 views)
Re: 1988 Ford Ranger Horn relay Sign In

It's attached to the speed control amplifier bracket.



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raykl
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Feb 17, 2010, 1:34 PM

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Re: 1988 Ford Ranger Horn relay Sign In

Where is the speed control amplifier bracket? I'm no car mechanic but I have never heard of that.


Hammer Time
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Feb 17, 2010, 1:46 PM

Post #4 of 14 (7235 views)
Re: 1988 Ford Ranger Horn relay Sign In

It's under the dash on the driver's side, alongside the steering column.





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raykl
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Feb 17, 2010, 2:21 PM

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Re: 1988 Ford Ranger Horn relay Sign In

Thank you for your reply. It was very fast and the drawing will be very helpful. God Bless.


raykl
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Mar 1, 2010, 12:39 PM

Post #6 of 14 (7193 views)
Re: 1988 Ford Ranger Horn relay Sign In

After much searching this Ranger does not have a relay. The relay is only on Rangers that have cruise control. We found that the trouble is in the horn switch in the steering column. The only problem is that according to the local Ford dealer this switch is no longer available. Does anyone know the part number or where I can find one? Thanks.


Tom Greenleaf
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Mar 1, 2010, 3:09 PM

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Re: 1988 Ford Ranger Horn relay Sign In

"Horn Switch" isn't going to get you far by that name. "Clock Spring'' (a slang name?) might be what you are after?? You will need to see a diagram and point out which part you have found wrong. I just Googled the web away for pics with little luck.

If you mean the button on the wheel that your hand pushes that's all different from a spring loaded wheel which you won't see with the wheel on the vehicle that has a spring loaded contact to a ring allowing electrical impulse to NOT use wire on a rotating part.

It's available with a hunt. I suggest a Napa dealer or check out a parts line called "HELP" mostly in some larger chain parts stores. If all else fails and you know just the part you need it might be faster to go used.

I'll just bet the many models of Ford vehicles use same parts at least near the age of this or older even. Takes a steering wheel puller and tool to go deeper than that beyond locking start wheel for locking the wheel,

T



raykl
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Mar 2, 2010, 7:29 AM

Post #8 of 14 (7178 views)
Re: 1988 Ford Ranger Horn relay Sign In

The part that I need is a switch that is mounted on a V shaped plastic bracket with rivets. The switch has two spring loaded pins. It has a two wire cable with a plug on the end. I have not been able to locate a diagram or part number. It may have a different name. I would call it a horn switch but Ford may call it something different. Thanks for your help.


Tom Greenleaf
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Mar 2, 2010, 11:42 AM

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Re: 1988 Ford Ranger Horn relay Sign In

I'm tryingCrazy Do you mean the part you touch and not a part that is seen from removing screws from behind the trim of the wheel? Are wires rivited to a color matched pad of sorts to what you are after? Those can be "dyed" to match if needed which is applied like spray paint. If so and a new colored interior part - some only came one color new and you changed those to the car's color!

This should be a pic of a 88 Ranger from Ebay which will expire and I don't see obvious stuff with wheel intact but here it is.....



If like that say if some area helps,

T



raykl
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Mar 2, 2010, 12:22 PM

Post #10 of 14 (7165 views)
Re: 1988 Ford Ranger Horn relay Sign In

That photo looks like a newer Ranger than a 1988. The switch is located inside the steering column.The switch is riveted to a plastic bracket that is held down with two screws. I just spoke with a Ford dealer and he told me it is a horn switch assembly. Part # C9AZ13A875B. I have not had a chance to research this number yet. Thanks for your time and assistance.


Tom Greenleaf
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Mar 2, 2010, 12:56 PM

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Re: 1988 Ford Ranger Horn relay Sign In

I just struck out again even with the part # - arggh!

At least you have that and a name for it which will help. Gotta go right now. Search away - trust me it exists!

T



RJc10
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Oct 5, 2010, 7:28 PM

Post #12 of 14 (6332 views)
Re: 1988 Ford Ranger Horn relay Sign In

I have a contact switch problem with my 87 Ranger also. One of the spring loaded pins is evidently no longer spring loaded which is a grounding pin. This part is near impossible to find, as I've discovered. When I do find mine I'll relay the information because I'm sure we aren't the only ones out here with the same issue.


Sidom
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Oct 5, 2010, 10:01 PM

Post #13 of 14 (6330 views)
Re: 1988 Ford Ranger Horn relay Sign In

Some of these parts you almost have to go to a wrecking yard to find or mod or fab one.

These vehicles are so old the manufacturer doesn't make the part any more. To make things worse, it was so uncommon the AM never picked up on it. So unfortunately these poor folks are SOL. You see alot of these vehicles with push buttons on the dash somewhere....


RJc10
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Oct 6, 2010, 3:26 PM

Post #14 of 14 (6309 views)
Re: 1988 Ford Ranger Horn relay Sign In

Maybe I could rig up something using part of the cylinder and spring out of a clicker pen and something shaped like mig tip with a hole drilled through the base for a roll pin to act as a stop.






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