1998 Forester S automatic.
I lost my horn and cruise control today
Fused together or??
I posted this 'plea' for help about a month ago.
There were several helpful suggestions and thanks to those who took time to answer!
'ferret' was the closest to hitting the nail on the head with his suggestion to look towards a malfunctioning 'clockspring'/combination switch. I had an inkling this was part of the problem.
Allow me to give you a breakdown of events that led to the solution...
-Bought the car wholesale from a local Suby dealer. The 'Airbag' light was on. I had the service department do a $125 diagnostic. They came back with a failed airbag module indication. That will be $1200 + sir (+ install)
Thanks, but I'll take care of that myself...
-On to Ebay, searching for an airbag module and I get a bunch of hits...
One of them was a fellow selling the module and driver/passenger airbags.
He had bought them to remedy the same issue apparently. He went on to say "I'm selling these because it turns out they weren't the problem, it was an expensive little part called a clockspring or combination switch" or words to that effect. Bingo! I parked that little nugget of info for later use.
-Posted my request for help here and consequently, with some good direction, looked for and found a combo switch (and as a backup, doh!) a module and a pair of airbags from the same vendor on Ebay for about $110 all in.
-Yesterday, thanks to the use of space in my cousin's kayak factory (warm and dry, ya know), I was able to swap the 'bad' clockspring with the 'good' one and while we were at it, install the Momo WRX leather wheel
I bought from Kamil212.
-Re-connected the battery and tried the horn...Success!! One down, two to go. Airbag warning light? Gone! Two down, one to go. Cruise control? Out for a loop, switch on and engage...Success!
I hope this helps someone else with a related issue.
Thanks again to those who took the time to answer and I've got to say here that of all the forums I currently subscribe to, this is the friendliest and most helpful group.