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...and pay through the nose. At least they're new, courtesy of Bertelsbeck Automotive (Germany)
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What parts are those?
 

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Ahh, the original horn buttons. Nice. Always like that part of the Alfetta steering wheel.
 
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The stock 164 steering wheels have similar horn buttons, easy to touch with a thumb, not that I use the horn except very rarely.
 

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What parts are those?
Yep, brand new buttons. Just installed these a couple of months ago on our 30 year project. They're a bit of a pain to install; be careful when you need to compress their length to get them to fit; only press/lever gently the outside of them with small flat blade; no pressure on anything inside the rim except the metal retainer tabs. It's classic Alfa fitment; I jacked one so I sucked it up not once but twice.
 

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Yep, brand new buttons. Just installed these a couple of months ago on our 30 year project. They're a bit of a pain to install; be careful when you need to compress their length to get them to fit; only press/lever gently the outside of them with small flat blade; no pressure on anything inside the rim except the metal retainer tabs. It's classic Alfa fitment; I jacked one so I sucked it up not once but twice.
Thanks for the advice; I'll be verrrry careful. They weren't cheap!
 

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A lot of times I just email OKP and ask for parts that don鈥檛 seem to be in their website. They usually have them.
 

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Highwood Alfa also lists these horn buttons on their website(no price listed-site says "Just Ask"). I bought 2 sets of these buttons from Highwood several years ago-they were much cheaper than OKP!.
 

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Highwood Alfa also lists these horn buttons on their website(no price listed-site says "Just Ask"). I bought 2 sets of these buttons from Highwood several years ago-they were much cheaper than OKP!.
Got mine from Bertelsbeck (Alfa Romeo Parts & Alfa Romeo Tuning - also Germany, not OKP); totally forgot that Highwood sells them, too! I will say, though, that OKP has great service; bought brakes last year, and they shipped faster than many U.S. folks :)
 

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Oh, man. So the horn buttons work, but ONLY if the key is NOT in the ignition! The previous (previous) owner jury-rigged - get this - a doorbell button, which worked all the time. Now I have proper horn buttons, but I'm being punished. Juuuust great. Anybody else have this experience, or am I just lucky?
 

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My car has the same symptom. A search on the BB led me to check the grounding strap on the steering column U- joint (in engine bay) as the likely culprit. Mine is missing so seems likely! Can't find a picture currently but I can take one tomorrow if needed.

 

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Thanks for the reminder. Yet another thing on the list to replace!


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Yes, gonna check it today; a buddy of mine told me last night to check on that...
 

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That was it! Wire was totally broken. Tested with a jumper and horn works 100%. Now to make a permanent one. It's tiny!


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