Engine cooling fan

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RANDY PETERSON
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  • 1992 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL
  • 3.8L
  • V6
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 145,000 MILES
I replaced the original cooling fan (3 wire) with a 2 wire. In essence, I replaced the 2 speed fan with a single speed fan. Should I hook up the single speed fan to the wire that supplys low speed or to the wire that supplies high speed. I know which is which and the one that is ground. Or should the high and low speed wires be connected together and then connected to to the motor? Thank you in advance for any insight you may have!

email: sonofpeter57@gmail. Com
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Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 AT 7:26 PM

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Tiny
CARADIODOC
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I would start by connecting them together and using both. On most circuits, you get 12 volts on the low-speed wire first, then, when the high-speed is needed, that wire gets 12 volts and the low-speed wire drops to 0 volts. With your original two-speed motor, you don't want 12 volts on both wires at the same time as that would, in effect, short out part of the motor. If that is how your car works, and you only use the low-speed wire, your new fan will run at full speed at first when the fan is first needed, but that circuit will turn off when the high speed is needed. That would result in overheating at low car speeds. If you only used the high-speed circuit, the engine would have to become undesirably hot before the fan turned on. Eventually you could entice a warped cylinder head and leaking head gasket.

If tying the two wires together causes a problem, I can draw up a circuit using two relays to run the fan motor. You will not damage anything, but the Engine Computer on your car might monitor these lines for proper operation, and it might detect voltage on one wire when it should not be there. I do not know that for a fact, but if it were to occur, I will have a solution.
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Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 AT 7:44 PM
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RANDY PETERSON
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Thank you for quickly answering my question! I have to agree with you on connecting the two lines. I have found that they use a resistor to voltage drop the low speed. I will tie the two lines together today and see what happens. Again Thank You!
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Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 AT 11:30 AM
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Monday, March 27th, 2017 AT 4:01 PM

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