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A friend of mine just bought a base model 08 Outback. Horn didn't work so he checked the fuse block, found the fuse for the horn was missing, and when he put a fuse in his horn blows nonstop.

Haven't had a chance to look at any wiring diagrams yet but I'm curious if anyone has seen this issue before and has a suggestion on where to start. Thanks!
 

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Could be horn switch on the actual horn pad, on vehicles they tend to stick or short out.
 

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Agreed with above, bet someone spilled a roadbeer. The horn/airbag comes out very easily, make sure you pull the negative lead off the battery first. Or you could have a dealer run the vin in hopes that it hasn’t/wasn’t had/on the takata airbag recall service performed. If it hasn’t, have a dealer take care of it.
 

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I'm in agreement, the horn pad was my first guess as well. Is there anything serviceable or does the driver's side airbag include the horn pad as an integrated unit?
 

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Or you could have a dealer run the vin in hopes that it hasn’t/wasn’t had/on the takata airbag recall service performed. If it hasn’t, have a dealer take care of it.
The WQR-53 Takata airbag recall for 2008 and other Gen 3 models was only for the passenger side airbag inflator; doing the replacement involved nothing on the driver's side or steering column.
 
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