From digest.v9.n532 Tue Nov 17 13:10:40 1998
From: "Brett Anderson" <bretta_at_bestweb.net>
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 1998 15:20:34 -0500
Subject: Re: E34 Horn BA
>Date: Tue, 17 Nov 1998 08:32:05 -0800
>From: "Nelson, Mark J" <Mark.Nelson_at_JSF.Boeing.com>
>Subject: E34 Horn
>My horn is inoperative because the steering wheel is not grounded with
>ignition ON . Interestingly, the wheel is grounded with the ignition
>In fact, the ground is lost when the ignition lock cylinder is pushed
>(even without the key). I know that the rest of the horn circuit
>the contact ring) is working properly because the horn honks when I
>ground the horn wire in the steering wheel.
>This problem has existed since I bought the car a few months ago, so I
>say how it might have occurred.
>Thank you in advance for any light you can shed.
>92 535i 130k mi
>BMWCCA No. 161283
I ran across this problem in an 8 series once. Can't remember if the 5
series column is set up the same but there was a rubber coupling in the
column, inside the car (to allow for wheel tilt) and the ground lead
that circumvents this was broken.
In order for the horn to work, the centre of the steering column must be
grounded. Your steering lock is doing this when the ignition is off.
The centre of the steering column is grounded at the steering box, so it
is simply a case of moving backwards from there to find out what is
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