5th Dec 2003, 14:37
Unfortunately, I am now learning about this horn problem with the Proteges. My 1992 Protege has also served me quite well and has always been reliable. Two nights ago when the weather turned very cold, my horn was stuck on during the night and I did not know what to do, except to disconnect the battery. My mechanic is now charging me $105 for the horn pad (not the switch) and $45 labor. Not that cheap! DP.
13th Dec 2003, 17:48
Funny I came across this entry. My Protege's horn also went off in the middle of the night (twice within a week). The weather was also cold. I had never heard of such a problem. In fact, I ignored the sound thinking it was someone else's car or car alarm. As soon as I just touched the steering wheel it went off. A mechanic replaced the horn pad and so far it hasn't recurred. (not cheap though...$90 for the part and 60 for labor). Knock on wood.
22nd Feb 2004, 21:05
This is really funny, because I encountered the same horn problem one cold night. I heard the sound and thought it was someones alarm going off. However, going into the store and explaining what is wrong was very difficult. One dealer told me that I would need a whole new steering wheel!! (Which you do not need) Thanks for sharing your stories, it has really helped me.
15th Oct 2004, 06:39
I have a 2002 Mitsubishi and the horn got stuck this morning at 6am. I found this website while I was searching for a way to turn it off. Thanks for the info. This was the first cold night here, so that may be the cause. Thanks again, my husband was at work so he couldn't help me out.
Oh yeah, the police showed up too. Those mean neighbors! Just kidding. At first I thought, "Who's the moron making all the noise?", then I walked outside and discovered it was me.
5th Nov 2004, 20:14
I have a 94 protege that has 210,000 miles. So far, the car has been very reliable- but, I can see that the future will start to bring more repairs. Has anyone been successful in dealing with the horn just rusting out? The horn sounds very wimpy and I believe that it is due to part of the horn rusting away.
Does anyone have a 94 protege with more miles on it? If there is, how are the front seat holding out? Thanks for reading.
2nd Jun 2005, 04:46
Another way to fix the horn problem is to go to the local auto parts store and buy a whole new steering wheel and adapter hub assembly. I did this myself and was able to find a really sweet looking sporty wheel and with the hub assembly it cost only 79 dollars. Installation was easy and straightforward and the new steering wheel looks much nicer than Mazda's stock one.
8th Dec 2007, 22:10
I happened to see this title about the horn sticking. I just bought a 1994 Protege DX 4 door. Nice car. It gets cold out here at night and sure enough just a couple of minutes ago it went off, around 8pm. I thought too that someone's alarm was going off or mine, but I didn't remember them telling me about an alarm system. Raccoons and cats abound here so I thought something was on top maybe jumping up and down. Funny picture in my head.
I tried to pop the hood, but the latch sticks. I tried and tried and finally just hit the horn and it stopped. I like the idea of unplugging the horn till I can get a replacement switch. Now I need to open the hood. It stuck a little when I investigated the vehicle before buying, but thought it was due to it sitting since October. I will have to make sure that hood opens so I can disconnect the horn. Don't want to wake up in the middle of the night. Geesh, that thing is loud.
27th Feb 2009, 00:14
The horn thing happened to my little '94 protege, in the middle of the night. I just cut the horn wire, and don't use the horn, I resort to yelling and screaming out of my window. :) Great car, though. I've had it for 5 yrs. I bought it for $800, still running great, with 250,000 miles. I'm so happy I own this car!