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Horn contact repair
Mike Russell (Damask 0505) from Buckinghamshire had failure with his horn. He sets out how he solved the fault and found a source of replacement part for what is an NLA part. (Sep 08)

Following a wondrous workout on my MGBGTV8 by Clive Wheatley & Steve Newton, my car decided to get its own back by breaking down somewhere else. I found I had no horn when trying to attract someone’s attention- fortunately not in a critical situation but a nuisance nevertheless.

Having determined the fault lay in the steering column area I removed the steering wheel and centre boss to reveal the flexible brass/copper contact that rubs on the brass collar on the back of the boss had broken off. A plea on the V8BB produced a lead to MechSpec who have posted me a replacement for this NLA part. In the meantime I decided to effect a repair of my own.

Picture 1 (below left) shows the broken item. I felt that soldering reinforcing brackets, made from hammered flat 13amp cable wire might do the job - see picture 2 below right.

Picture 3 (top right) shows the finished job and after being refitted I am delighted to say it works.

In fact the horn now blasts out rather than the wayward squeak-cum-wail it had been prone to producing before. The joy of good electrical connections.

I shall keep the replacement part from MechSpec because that way I know my repair will last - (known as SOD's law).

Picture 1 (left) shows the broken item. I felt that soldering reinforcing brackets, made from hammered flat 13amp cable wire might do the job - see picture 2 above.
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