How to Replace a Horn in a Nissan Pathfinder


The Nissan Pathfinder is a Sport Utility Vehicle in production since 1986. There are three distinct versions, although the Pathfinder name was dropped for the third generation in 2005. Many Nissan Pathfinder enthusiasts are dissatisfied with the sound of the original equipment manufacturer's horn and choose to replace it. This task is fairly straightforward; you'll need just a few tools to complete the job.

Things You'll Need

  • 12mm socket wrench
  • 16-gauge wire
  • New horn kit
  • Wire crimper/stripper
  • Buy a horn kit. Direct replacement kits for recent Nissan Pathfinder models should have a high and low tone horn. Ensure that your new horn has the same tone as the old one if you are only replacing one horn.

  • Remove both turn signals and the surrounding plastic grill to access the horns for a Pathfinder built before 1996. The horns for a Pathfinder built after that should be in a single mounting bracket under the hood by the hood catch mechanism. Remove the power connectors from the horns and unscrew the single bolt with a 12mm socket wrench. You should now be able to remove the original horns.

  • Mount the new horns using the items included in the kit, if possible. You may need to mount them in a non-standard location with minimal vibration if you are installing aftermarket horns.

  • Connect the original wiring harness to the new horn if it is compatible. If not, you will need to use a wire crimper/stripper to connect the new wiring harness to the original wiring.

  • Test the new horns to ensure they work. You should easily be able to tell if both horns are sounding and you can test them one at a time if necessary.

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