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CAR TALK

Give your small car the horn it deserves
DEAR CAR TALK:
Why is it that car manufacturers
have decided that the smaller the car,
the wimpier the horn should be? My
pickup has a nice, deep, loud horn. But
my imported crossover almost sounds
apologetic.
When you have to use your horn to warn
someone that they’re coming over into
your lane, or censure someone for cutting
you off, they’re like, “Oh it’s a little car, no
big deal.” -- Mike

DEAR MIKE:
You’re right, Mike. It should be the
opposite, right? The smaller the car, the
more intimidating a horn it needs. It’s why
little dogs have sharper teeth.
But you can swap out your horn, Mike.
A bigger horn doesn’t take up much
more space. And there’s no technological

differences between big horns and small
horns.
So, go to a junkyard and pull the horns
off a 1976 Peterbilt tractor. Then, duct
tape those babies to the vent window of
your RAV-4 and watch people clear out

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of the way. People will laugh at you when
they see the little car making all that noise,
but they’ll get out of the way first.
Actually, that’s overkill. Funny, but
overkill. What you can do is find another
passenger vehicle with a horn you like.

RAY MAGLIOZZI

King Features Content
cartalk@gmail.com

Let’s say it’s your pickup truck.
Go to the dealer and ask the parts
department to sell you the horns for that
truck. There will be two of them. Horns
have two notes, which is what creates that
dissonant horn sound.
Then, have your mechanic pull the horns
out of your little import and replace them
with the bigger horns. He may need to
fiddle around with them to mount them,
or maybe even change the size of the
wires, but it’s not rocket science. And they
all run on 12 volts, so he should be able to
make it work.
When it’s finished, sneak up to your
least favorite neighbor and give him a
friendly beep “hello.”
Got a question about cars? Write to Ray in care of King
Features, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803, or visit
www.cartalk.com. (c) 2018 by Ray Magliozzi and Doug
Berman. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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