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    Smile Help! VW Golf GTE Car Horn won't shut up

    Hi all, new to the forum so apologies if this one is covered in a separate thread please feel free to redirect me

    I have a 2017 Golf GTE 1.4 and 4 times in the past month the car horn sounds constantly for over 10 seconds, pauses for a second or two then sounds again constantly when I unlock the car, open the door and/or start the ignition, stop the car, and lock it. Once it starts, it goes off even when the car is locked. It's random, intermittent and of course very annoying...especially to my poor neighbours!

    Dealership have tried so far 3 times to identify the fault but can't reproduce it. I have video footage of it happening that I've shared with them and it's with them now but they don't seem to have any idea what the cause might be.

    A recent VW tech inspection found a fault that they fixed through their diagnostic systems
    DTC: P0E5E00, Battery charger, internal fault
    System Type: -SYSTEM TYPE:47-

    Next time they thought it was the horn relay switch so replaced that but next day, the horn sounded again when car was unlocked.

    I charge the car every other day mainly using the standard UK 3 pin home charger plug but have also used the rapid chargers at work. There doesn't seem to be any pattern to the issue and when it happens the only way to stop it is to remove F15 fuse to disable the car horn.

    Anyone else had a similar problem? If so do you have any idea what the cause is?


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    I would like to look into this but it will have to wait until I get back to work next week, please message me the cars REG number.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GolfGTEOwner View Post
    Hi all, new to the forum
    First posts normally go in introductions else you could get a free fix and we never see you again!!!

    Removing the fuse is only a temporary fix. I assume its under warranty keep nagging your dealer to get it fixed.
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    noted thanks posted my intro now

    yes defo under warranty, it's a lease vehicle provided to m through my employer but I'm trying to help the lease company and dealership find the root cause as they are struggling to work out how to reproduce the problem and don't know where to look.

    At the mo it's with the dealer and lease co have advised it will stay with them until they find the cause. Whatever happens I will post the outcome on here in case it might help others but if anyone has any possible ideas, all are most welcome.
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