Weak horn?

Discussion in 'Clarity' started by Teamchang, Aug 20, 2018.

  1. Teamchang

    Teamchang Member

    is it me or is the clarity horn really weak?
     
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  2. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member

    I'm thinking a loud horn or strong headlights would use up valuable electricity and reduce the Clarity's efficiency. How else can you explain weak components whose performance was satisfactory more than half a century ago? I guess one engineer's performance is another engineer's inefficient waste of energy.

    Back in the early 70's I used to work on the Ford Motor Company ("Fords") horn line in Ypsilanti, Michigan. If you were bad, you were sent to work in the test booth (just kidding, but there was a test booth with someone inside it). For a while I had a collection of funny sounding defective horns, but was too good of an employee to bring them home.
     
  3. Teamchang

    Teamchang Member


    Makes sense. The lights seems fine to me but I was embarrassed by the horn squeak. Ha.
     
  4. KentuckyKen

    KentuckyKen Well-Known Member

    It’s not you, the horn is pathetically weak. I’m almost embarrassed to use it. I live in hope that someone will post where it is and where we can wire in a proper, “wake up, you idiot!” horn.
     
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  5. PHEV Newbie

    PHEV Newbie Well-Known Member

    The weak horn caused an accident for me. When someone backed into the front of my car (I couldn't back up myself to avoid them because of the busy intersection behind me), I blew my horn continuously. After they crashed into me, they said they never heard my horn.
     
  6. weave

    weave Active Member Subscriber

    There's a solution out there...



    however, don't be those guys...
     
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  7. Odobo

    Odobo Active Member

    Wow people will just blame anything on this car to cause their accidents.... Let's see how long does it take until someone say driving this car will cost their life because s/he was in the car
     
  8. ab13

    ab13 Active Member

    Hard not to see a 2 ton object.

    There are aftermarket horns at various Honda dealers, mostly for Civics. Maybe the Civic horn replacement works.
     
  9. Damon Ledet

    Damon Ledet New Member

  10. PHEV Newbie

    PHEV Newbie Well-Known Member

    Sorry. I might have misstated the circumstances. I'm not blaming the horn on the accident. It was the other driver who was determined to be at fault. That person should have looked back and be sure it's clear before backing up. I am just stating a fact that I blew my horn when they started backing up and they did not react to it. There's no reason to doubt the other driver that they didn't hear the horn. I have no doubt that it was an accident but I have to wonder if they would have stopped if they heard a blaring horn right behind them.
     
  11. ab13

    ab13 Active Member

    When I lived in the "big city" well suburbs of it, I usual drove with a window cracked opened. At least every two weeks an emergency vehicle would drive by so it was necessary to be alert.
     
  12. Alantn

    Alantn Member

    Why do cows have bells? Because their horns don't work.

    I'm definitely interested in finding and replacing the Clarity's horn.
     
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  13. Odobo

    Odobo Active Member

    There is a post on clarity phev group on Facebook about replacing the horn.... He claimed to measure it at 60db inside the car and it's the same level as his pilot (or CRV?)
     
  14. SkipperT

    SkipperT Member

    Even a Honda Goldwing has a better horn than our cars!

    -Skip


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  15. weave

    weave Active Member Subscriber

    I finally saw another Clarity on I-95 north of Baltimore late last night. I tried to honk to wave, but he didn't hear it!
     
  16. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member

    But a Honda Goldwing isn't an eco-oriented vehicle--it has more of everything (eg. more cylinders) than a Clarity. Like our Claritys' eco-headlights, our eco-horns keep us traveling under EV power for many, many extra feet. Now if you told me a Honda Cub had a better horn...
     
  17. SkipperT

    SkipperT Member

    Yep, that weak horn of ours outta be good for at least another 1.5 miles of pure EV driving.

    Wasn’t a Honda Cub a 6 volt system?

    Honda was rumored to be developing a Hybrid Goldwing last year just before they announced the new 18 model redesign. No hybrid mcy yet, but a more economic, powerful, fuel efficient, and most importantly - compact engine is now in play on the ’Wing.

    -Skip


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  18. Alantn

    Alantn Member

    I look at the horn as being something necessary to alert and wake up unattentive drivers and prevent an accident. Being as weak as it is, it likes not having it. Definitely will look into replacing it.
     
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  19. Odobo

    Odobo Active Member

    Just had a chance to use my horn.... Had a guy ran a red light when my left turn lights went green. I thought the horn actually sound about the same as my Prius tho... And the other guy definitely heard it too
     
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  20. siddpup

    siddpup New Member

    I am not sure, but I think it is slightly better than my Honda Shadow used to have. But that is a pretty low bar. I always had to just pass my husband on his bike if I wanted his attention on a long ride. The horn was terrible on that bike.
     
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