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Eric Gardner
Eric Gardner, ASE Certified Technician
Category: Subaru
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Experience:  ASE Certified Automotive Technician with a Bachelors Degree in Automotive Technology
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My 2000 GT was not driven for several months. The battery is

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My 2000 GT was not driven for several months. The battery is dead so I jumped it and drove it for 10 miles. The whole time I drove it the horn honked even after I pulled the fuse(15amp in slot 14). The horn was weaker but it still honked. When I parked it I could not pull the key out of the ignition swithch. What the heck is going on? Thank you
JA: Did you test the battery with a voltmeter? And have you ever changed one before?
Customer: The battery was new about 1 year ago.
JA: Are you fixing your GT yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: After I parked it I disconnected the battery
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: The car was broken into and they tried to steal it but couldnt due to battery. Perhaps they jimmied the ignition? Why cant I pull the key out of the ignition?
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Subaru
Expert:  Eric Gardner replied 3 months ago.

Hello. I think we have a couple of issues here. One is I am pretty sure the battery has sulfated by siting so long. I would recommend having the battery tested by a parts store or shop.

The second part of the issue is if there are no obvious signs of damage to the ignition switch, I would bet that there may have been so corrosion starting in the lock cylinder. I recommend squirting some dry lube into the lock cylinder to see if this will allow the key to release. https://www.grainger.com/product/16W547&AL!2966!3!166591268592!!!g!109227472197!?gclid=COfN15Hn9dMCFVC4wAodjvkKXA&s_kwcid=AL!2966!3!166591268592!!!g!109227472197!&ef_id=WRurRgAABCd9-9Li:20170517014542:s

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
What about the constant horn honking while the car is running and when I turn off the engine? Remember I removed the fuse for the horn