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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old Mar 17th, 19, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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New Steering Wheel - Dead Battery?

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I just installed a new Grant Steering wheel in my 1969 Camaro and a couple of days later the battery is dead. The horn functions correctly. It must be shorting out somewhere but wouldn't the horn be blowing? I'm not really good with electric. Any suggestions are appreciated.
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old Mar 17th, 19, 12:47 PM
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Re: New Steering Wheel - Dead Battery?

You would think the horn would be blowing but with you saying it functions correctly, I'm guessing you have tried it after charging the battery back up ?.

Who's to say what's going on and we could guess at things but check for the obvious. Does the dome light go off when the doors are shut, could the glove box light be on, was the trunk or hood left open and it possibly having a mercury switched light, was it on or even if it was closed, was the car parked at a goofy angle while the steering wheel was replaced and then left parked there to where the light was on and needs to be adjusted properly ?.

If all else fails you may have to get out a meter to check for draw.

Who knows something might have broke and just decided to happen at the same time as the steering wheel replacement.

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Hum sounds like a great bug hunt is afoot.

I would double check the turn signal/hazard switch for any pinched wires and see if there is a short there first.

If it was the horn then yes the relay would be clicking if the horns are dead or not connected or grounded, when you put positive battery cable back on battery, or if connected and in working order blowing the horn outright.

Also check your wiring connection "harmonica" on the steering column, something may have dislodged and is causing a short. You may need to meter all the connections to find it.

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Re: New Steering Wheel - Dead Battery?

If you suspect its the horns, disconnect them from their relay. This would then verify that they indeed are what are discharging the battery.
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Re: New Steering Wheel - Dead Battery?

SOA-NOVA, All the lights seem to be working properly. I have a small cheap meter. Do you know what to set the meter on to check for draw?
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Re: New Steering Wheel - Dead Battery?

Brian, I don't know where to start looking for the turn signal/hazard or the wiring connection "harmonica". Is that difficult to explain or maybe I can find a video on YouTube? Also, I don't know what to set a meter on to test.
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post #7 of 21 (permalink) Old Mar 17th, 19, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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Re: New Steering Wheel - Dead Battery?

Bucko, That's a good idea. If it's the horns and I unplug them then the battery shouldn't drain. That's the easiest place to start. Thanks
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Re: New Steering Wheel - Dead Battery?

If itís the horns disconnecting them will not prevent the horn relay from draining the battery...

Unplug the horn relay.

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Hey guys,
I just installed a new Grant Steering wheel in my 1969 Camaro and a couple of days later the battery is dead. The horn functions correctly. It must be shorting out somewhere but wouldn't the horn be blowing? I'm not really good with electric. Any suggestions are appreciated.
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Bucko, That's a good idea. If it's the horns and I unplug them then the battery shouldn't drain. That's the easiest place to start. Thanks
Can you right now, go out and make the horn sound by pushing the horn button in on the new Grant steering wheel and then have them stop sounding once you let off of the horn button i?.

You said they are working but just want to make sure to keep things straight.

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Re: New Steering Wheel - Dead Battery?

Perhaps the bad battery is just a Coincidence and has nothing to do with replacing the steering wheel
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Re: New Steering Wheel - Dead Battery?

Jim,
Yes, the horn blows when the horn button is pushed and stop when released.
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Re: New Steering Wheel - Dead Battery?

John,
I would have considered a bad battery but the battery is only 6 months old. I keep it on a battery tender. The battery will be easy to test and rule out. Thanks.
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Re: New Steering Wheel - Dead Battery?

Don,
I am not familiar with a horn relay. Do you know where it would be located? Can I just trace wires from the horns?
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Re: New Steering Wheel - Dead Battery?

If itís the horn relay the horn would be going all the time and would not just honk and stop when the horn button is pushed.

Interior lights not turning off when doors are shut? Glove box light staying on? Brake lights switch and brake light stay on?
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Re: New Steering Wheel - Dead Battery?

it could be that you left the door open for to long doing the re and re and killed the battery. some batterys are done once the go dead even for one time
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