Introduction: Klaxon/Ahooga Horn Lubrication

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This is my first instructable and hope it helps other with similar problems.

I bought a North-East Electric Company ahooga horn from an antique store and after taking it home I realized why it was there in the first place. It wouldn't make the ahooga sound it was more like awoowa. I took it apart and lubricated with light oil and it worked! Ahooga! But hold on why have I made this instructables? It didn't last long before it was back to awoowa. In this instructable I'll show you how to tear down an Ahooga horn .

Step 1: Tear Down

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You need a ratchet or wrench and a screw driver.

Remove the bolts around the horn and take the motor cover off. Next remove the horn and the motor assembly

Step 2: Greasing

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I used white lithium grease and grease the tuning screw, and the bushings. I then ran the motor but you could spin the motor by hand and then wiped the excess grease so it doesn't splatter all over the place.

Correction, after using it for awhile and with it getting cold I have found the grease is too thick and now I use a common 3 in one oil on all the parts except the diaphragm gear (use grease on that). I cleaned off the grease and applied the oil in the same spots where I greased.

Step 3: Optional

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I cleaned the copper thing at the bottom of the motor because it had a sticky residue.

Step 4: Reassembly

Put it back together and enjoy a well lubricated ahooga horn.

Checkout the motorized bicycle here and feel free to comment

Comments

JD Grayman (author)2014-11-17

I have a 1991 Nissan 240sx drift car... and i rock one of these horns. Very fun to see people's faces when they hear that sound come from a Japanese tuner car. LoL

Trustthapo (author)JD Grayman2014-12-02

Oh my god, what an idea. I have a '99 I30 and don't care for the stock horn. Now I'm tempted!

szvenigorodsky (author)2014-11-01

I would love to see an instructable for a motorized bicycle!

I just finished it here

Divisible_By_0 (author)2014-11-02

yes you should do one on the motor bike

I just completed it here

JD Grayman (author)2014-11-17

I have a 1991 Nissan 240sx drift car... and i rock one of these horns. Very fun to see people's faces when they hear that sound come from a Japanese tuner car. LoL

JD Grayman (author)2014-11-17

I have a 1991 Nissan 240sx drift car... and i rock one of these horns. Very fun to see people's faces when they hear that sound come from a Japanese tuner car. LoL

nsimpson4 (author)2014-11-02

Hey, FYI it's called a "klaxon" horn. The more you know.

Ghost Wolf (author)nsimpson42014-11-10

I made the changes thank you!

nsimpson4 (author)Ghost Wolf2014-11-13

You've put my OCD to rest, thank you :-D

seamster (author)2014-10-17

Very nicely done! Thanks for sharing this.

I would love to have one of those horns. I can think of so many fun uses!

Ghost Wolf (author)seamster2014-10-17

I already have put it on a bicycle :D

bpotts2 (author)Ghost Wolf2014-11-01

a motorized bile sounds amazing!

Ghost Wolf (author)bpotts22014-11-10

See a motorized bicycle with ahooga horn

Phil B (author)seamster2014-11-03

Klaxon or ah-oooh-gah horns can be purchased new various places. Amazon has them. I bought one new at K-Mart back in the 1980s. You do need to tune them by adjusting a screw with a nut on the diaphragm. It took me several attempts to get it right.

Ghost Wolf (author)Phil B2014-11-10

For this one there is a screw on the back (it's the center one) that advances the motor into the diaphragm and is quite fussy :P

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