How to Replace a Buick Horn Relay

by Gregory Crews

Your Buick has a complex wiring schematic that is protected by fuses and relays. The horn uses a relay which is made to shut down when there is an electrical surge that may cause damage to the automobile. Once the electrical system surges, the relay will need to be replaced. Once the relay is replaced, it is important to find out what made the old relay burn out.

Open the hood to access the fuse panel. The fuse panel is located behind the battery.

Open the fuse panel by unscrewing the knob on the top of the panel counterclockwise. Pull the cover off the panel after pulling the knob out.

Locate the horn relay in the fuse panel. The relay will be labeled on the diagram imprinted on the bottom of the fuse panel cover.

Pull the fuse relay out by hand. Replace it with the new relay. Push the new relay into the fuse panel until it stops.

Tighten the fuse panel cover over the panel by tightening the knob to the cover. Turn it clockwise until it stops.

Close the hood. Test the horn by pressing the center of the steering wheel.


  • A replacement relay can be purchased at any automotive parts store.

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About the Author

Gregory Crews has been in the film industry for three years and has appeared in more than 38 major motion pictures and 16 television shows. He also writes detailed automotive tutorials. His expertise in the automotive industry has given him the skills to write detailed technical instructional articles.

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