2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Inconsistent Horn
March 27, 2015
The last time I drove our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel the horn was inconsistent. If I tried to hit it lightly, nothing would happen.
If I pressed harder it would eventually work. And it seemed like once I got it working, it would become more sensitive for use for a little while after that.
This was especially noticeable when I was driving on the two-lane Ortega Highway. A car pulled over to let me and the Ram by, I tried to give him a little "honk-honk" to say thanks. Nothing happened at first, so I pressed harder and then suddenly it was like I was laying on the horn at the poor guy, as if I were mad at him.
I'm not sure how long this has been going on, but I don't think it's been like this from the beginning. I could be wrong, maybe it's always needed a healthy push.
I like a sensitive horn because, well, I'm not afraid to use it on occasion. Maybe I'm channeling my inner New York City taxi cab driver, but I think of the horn as part of my offensively motivated defensive driving strategy, if that's even a thing.
If someone is starting to pull out in front of me, they get a little tap of the horn. If they're drifting into my lane, more horn. If I see Senior Editor Josh Jacquot walking through the Edmunds parking garage, yep, I lay on the horn. He loves it, it wakes him up.
I'll take a survey of the editors and see if anyone else has noticed anything odd about the Ram's horn operation.
Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor @ 28,173 miles