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blackmxz700

Quick HORN question

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blackmxz700

I had the dash replaced on my 2014 T22 but now the horn doesn't work. Does the boat need to be running for the horn to work? I don't think so but thought I'd ask. I think something was left unhooked.

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mikeo

You are correct, the horn should always work (it's mandatory safety gear in multiple states). I'd check the connection on the horn (both the 12v positive and ground), the connection to the button, the connection from the button to the fuse. It's possible that everything is hooked up correctly, but someone forgot to reconnect the ground lead for the horn...

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blackmxz700

Thanks for the response mikeo. Will check the connections on Thursday.

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Rednucleus

I always carried an air can horn in the event of an electrical failure - which of course would be when I would most need the horn. Just stash it where the kids can't find it!

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Ndawg12

I always carried an air can horn in the event of an electrical failure - which of course would be when I would most need the horn. Just stash it where the kids can't find it!

:plus1: unless they got a better design recently, the horns on all the bu's I've been on are a joke even when they work. But an air horn will certainly wake people up!!

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23LSVOwner

I don't think the horn will work if the main battery switch is off, just in case.

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blackmxz700

I don't think the horn will work if the main battery switch is off, just in case.

The battery is connected and the switch is on. Radio, lights, and all other electronics work fine. Dealer said to bring it back in the spring for them to fix. He had the boat for 7 weeks and couldn't verify that the horn was working before having me pick it up? And now wants me to drive over 2 hours and start next season with the boat in his yard? NO THANKS!!!

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23LSVOwner

The battery is connected and the switch is on. Radio, lights, and all other electronics work fine. Dealer said to bring it back in the spring for them to fix. He had the boat for 7 weeks and couldn't verify that the horn was working before having me pick it up? And now wants me to drive over 2 hours and start next season with the boat in his yard? NO THANKS!!!

Don't disagree with you at all. Please do not take my comment as me defending the dealer.

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blackmxz700

Not at all 23LSV. Sometimes we do silly things like that: battery unplugged, forget key on resulting in dead battery, hull plug out...

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blackmxz700

Thanks for the help, I found two wires for the horn disconnected. I also noticed that I have no water depth reading on my gauge and two other hanging connections under the dash. This is exactly what I was concerned with when the dash needed to be replaced. On the bright side now the dash has no crack. Guess I have a project when I can get the boat in the water next year. Service at Long Lake Marina is awful!!!

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Rednucleus

Thanks for the help, I found two wires for the horn disconnected. I also noticed that I have no water depth reading on my gauge and two other hanging connections under the dash. This is exactly what I was concerned with when the dash needed to be replaced. On the bright side now the dash has no crack. Guess I have a project when I can get the boat in the water next year. Service at Long Lake Marina is awful!!!

Once again the so called "professionals" apparently failed to do the bare minimum and check their work. Guess that's why so many here do their own work and get it right the first time. Figure out how much time you have spent on this and send them a bill - only seems fair.

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RTS

Figure out how much time you have spent on this and send them a bill - only seems fair.

Then click your heels together 3 times and think happy thoughts and you will see the check in your mailbox...

Then hope you never need said dealer to work on your boat again.... :)

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WINEGRAPEGROWER

Once again the so called "professionals" apparently failed to do the bare minimum and check their work. Guess that's why so many here do their own work and get it right the first time. Figure out how much time you have spent on this and send them a bill - only seems fair.

I thought that was part of the dealers job? to run new boat as they arrive from the factory, to ensure everything is working as it should and the make the customer's initial impressions favorable!

ANd do new boats arrive at the dealer already with on a trailer? So the dealer now has to build/customize/spec out the new trailer just as he specs out the new boat?

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WINEGRAPEGROWER

Once again the so called "professionals" apparently failed to do the bare minimum and check their work. Guess that's why so many here do their own work and get it right the first time. Figure out how much time you have spent on this and send them a bill - only seems fair.

Like what one of the members here says....if you are gonna own a boat, ye better be a mechanic....or something close to that!

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Rednucleus

Then click your heels together 3 times and think happy thoughts and you will see the check in your mailbox...

Then hope you never need said dealer to work on your boat again.... :)

Sorry, IMHO, you own a Malibu, not a Bayliner. You are entitled to impeccable service, not what you get at the quick lube oil change shop. These boats are high end products like BMW, Mercedes & Porsche and that's the level of service you deserve from the dealer. If not, they need to be called on it and Malibu needs to know if your dealer is not satisfying your needs.

Sorry, feel like I hijacked this thread's original message, but sure get tired of hearing about Jiffy Lube service from the dealers.

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justgary

I suspect that you'll get BMW quality service only when your dealer gets BMW volume in the service department. I honestly don't see how some of the northern dealers keep a service staff busy for most of the year. If they are not busy, they don't get paid much. If they aren't paid much, they aren't any good.

Besides, things like rigging and dash replacements are generally done by high school kids, not certified engine mechanics. And the high school kids might be fighting each other to get to do the dash job so they can get some experience with something besides trailer hubs and steering cables. The one who did the work was probably never formally trained by the dealer, much less Malibu.

As for the horn, they never seem to work anyway. I keep a whistle in the boat. At night when near the navigation channel, it's in my mouth. My hands stay free to drive the boat.

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