Where Is the Horn on a 2000 Silverado?

by Jess Kroll

The Chevrolet Silverado is a full-size pickup truck manufactured by the General Motor Company. Introduced in 1998, the Silverado is in a class with other large trucks such as the Ford F-150, Dodge Ram, Nissan Titan, Toyota Tundra and its GMC equivalent, the Sierra. Given its size and power, many drivers expect the vehicle's horn to be a loud, blaring monster. Instead the factory-installed horn is essentially the same as the one in a standard hatchback or sedan. Some may want to replace the horn, which begins with locating the horn.

On the Steering Wheel

The button for the 2000 Siverado horn is located in the center of the steering wheel. The button has a Chevrolet logo on it and includes an image of a horn. It is possible to remove the horn cover without deploying the steering wheel airbag, but most horn problems do not originate from the steering wheel horn button.

Under the Hood

The Chevrolet Silverado has two horns placed under the hood. The horns are located on the passenger side, in the front fender wall. Both horns are most easily accessed from underneath the truck.

Horn Problems

Most Silverado horn problem occur with the wiring or the horn itself rather than with the steering wheel button. If the horn sounds after double-tapping the remote key, the problem may exist with the steering wheel button instead of the wiring or the horn. Similarly, horn problems sometimes can be solved by disconnecting the battery for 15 minutes and then reconnecting it, which re-establishes power between the button and the wiring.

Replacing a Silverado Horn

Once the two horns are located they must be detached from the power connectors to be replaced. You can remove the mounting brackets with a socket wrench. For factory replacements, the same horn location can be used. But for custom horns, such as a train horn, a new steady and secure mounting location is required. The original wiring harness also can be used as long as it is compatible with the new horns.

About the Author

Jess Kroll has been writing since 2005. He has contributed to "Hawaii Independent," "Honolulu Weekly" and "News Drops," as well as numerous websites. His prose, poetry and essays have been published in numerous journals and literary magazines. Kroll holds a Master of Fine Arts in writing from the University of San Francisco.