Klaxon/Ahooga Horn Lubrication

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About: I live in Portland, I go to school at PCC, and work on projects in my spare time. I'm studying Renewable Energy or Engineer haven't decided yet. I have a motorized bicycle that is my pride and joy. I love tr...

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 .

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Step 1: Tear Down

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

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

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

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    JD Grayman

    5 years ago

    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

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    JD Grayman

    5 years ago

    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

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    JD Grayman

    5 years ago

    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

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    nsimpson4

    5 years ago

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

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    seamster

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Very nicely done! Thanks for sharing this.

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

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    Phil Bseamster

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    Ghost WolfPhil B

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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

    North East Electric Company ahooga horn