In addition to Ronís question about new vs. used:
The single horn wire in the clock spring goes to the two switches in the press points of the steering wheel pad. Pressing either switch grounds that wire thru the steering column. Since your horn is always on, something is shorting that wire to ground - either the wire is pinched (shorting it to ground), or shorted to another wire (that is acting like a ground), mis-wired at a connector, or one of the horn switches is mechanically presser or otherwise shorted closed.
For the air bag light to be on, either the air bag controller is detecting an open circuit or a short between the two air bag wires or to ground.
The fact that you have two anomalies suggests that possibly there is a short between the horn wire and one of the two air bag wires - but that could be an erroneous assumption - there may actually be two unrelated causes in the two circuits.
A possibility is that the clock spring itself is defective (shorted internally, or short between its wires or connector) - which points back to Ronís question about the source of the clock spring. If it is from a dealer, that is unlikely. However if it is used or is from a third-party source (ebay or other), even if itís new, it could be defective (for example, it wouldnít work right in an attempted repair at a dealer, and got sold off as excess inventory/new-old stock).
A lot of speculation there, but something is obviously wrong either in the clock spring itself, of in the wiring in your steering wheel. One possibility is that you somehow pinched wires under a screw when re-assembling the steering wheel cover.
It might pay to remove the steering wheel cover and inspect the installation. Are any of the wires pinched or otherwise have damaged installation. Disconnect its connectors under the dash and inspect them and the wires for visible problems.
With the clock spring totally disconnected both in the steering wheel and under the dash, you could ohm it all out to check for mis-wires or shorts between the clock spring wires. Do not connect a meter to the air bag or to any of the clock spring wires with its wires connected to the air bag.
So - what can you tell us about the source of the clock spring? Is it from a dealer? In a bag that was still sealed? Other?
It would help you to study the wiring diagrams on the clock spring circuits if you have an FSM. If you donít have one, you can download from here: https://www.dodgeintrepid.net/113-se...ce-manual.html
- either one would work for the clock spring circuits.
Use caution when working with the air bag circuits. A spark or short could deploy the airbag with disastrous results if you are behind the steering column. Disconnect the battery when working in the steering wheel.