Hi All, I thought I started a discussion about this topic a couple of years ago, but can’t seem to find it so I start from the beginning. Since I purchased this car back in 1999, I have a problem where after driving the car for about 45 minutes or so, the steering column  becomes very hot almost to point of not being able to hold your hand on it. The hottest point is on the underside of the column , about 6 inches below the section that moves with the steering wheel. 

Question 1: Has anyone else experienced this issue?  Based on one of my buds in the club that has a 61 convertible, I’m guessing that some warmth is normal, but mine gets down right hot. 

A data point that may or may not be related:  Something is funky with my horn button. To beep the horn, only one “wing” of the “Horn Control Shroud” (see attached photo) will make the horn sound. Not sure if that is normal or not. One time several years ago, I tried to push down on both wings of the horn shroud at one time, and I got the electrical shock of my life. Pretty sure that part is not normal.  The sound of the horn is also very sour , but I think that may just be a bad “Low “ horn. 

Now that I am working on all things dash / instrument cluster, I finally got around to taking the horn apart. What I found puzzles me. The picture of the horn assembly in the shop manual, does not at all match what I actually have. (See attached pictures.) I have just a single part attached with 3 screws to the shroud. The manual shows Horn ring insulator, spring retainers, spring, etc... 

Let me know your thoughts.. 

Russ  aka. Junior. 

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You most certainly have an electrical issue inside the column if you got a shock from it 

Sounds like an electrical short of some kind inside the column 

You need to pull the steering wheel and get inside to examine the wiring

Are the L R signal switches and the cornering lights working as they should or that switch could be the internal column electrical short 

There are two kinds of steering columns a tilt and a standard that are a very different designs so just be sure you are working with the  info for right one 


Thanks Tony.. Good point on the steering column type. I do have the tilt column. Sounds like you are thinking the Tilt model will have a different horn button setup.. Appreciate you..

I know the two columns are  very different but not sure about the specific difference regarding the horn assembly 

Sure you will be pleased to get that problem solved 


I would be examining the signal switch wiring that is in the column below the steering wheel and horn if you have the std column 

The horn should work from both sides of the ring which yours was not doing 

First I have heard of a hot column  issue since 2006 on here myself 

Focus on the inside of the column that you are saying gets hot to the touch when you go into the column 

Look for a bare wire that the coating has worn off which is common at the signal switch from my own experience in trouble shooting my  own curb cornering lights 


The tilt column has the horn disk on the horn bar.    There is a write up in the service bulletins about a poor performing horn. A special washer is added to space the horn bar  further out.  

Hi Russ, I looked through the 62 and 63 Serviceman bulletins under our "literature" section for the horn service note you referenced and I don't see anything. Is there someplace else that I need to look? Also are there any instructions for disassembling that tilt steering column so that I can examine all the wiring?

Never mind on the steering column disassembly instructions. I found them such as they are in section 5-18



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