1998 Ford Contour fan not kicking in

Tiny
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  • 1998 FORD CONTOUR
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 90,000 MILES
I have noticed that the car runs hot. I have replaced the high speed and low speed relays. What else can be the problem.
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Thursday, March 5th, 2009 AT 8:03 PM

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Tiny
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Is the fans coming on at all? How about with the airconditioner on?
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Thursday, March 5th, 2009 AT 8:53 PM
Tiny
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The fan does not come on at all, not even when I turn the A/C on.
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Friday, March 6th, 2009 AT 6:00 AM
Tiny
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If that is so and the fuse is good check out the wiring harness.

Try hardwiring the fan on to the battery does it come on now? If not the motor could be blown.
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Friday, March 6th, 2009 AT 11:03 PM
Tiny
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Thank you I will give it a try.
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Saturday, March 7th, 2009 AT 3:11 PM
Tiny
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Get back to me as soon as you can so we can figure this out!
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Sunday, March 8th, 2009 AT 11:49 AM
Tiny
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Thanks, I hot wired both fans and they both run. I could see another sensor by the radiator on the lower left side, I saw 2 wires by it, I hot wired those to the battery and the fan did work. What else can you suggest.
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Sunday, March 8th, 2009 AT 12:56 PM
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Try replacing the ect. Thats the sensor you unplugged.
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Friday, March 13th, 2009 AT 12:28 PM
Tiny
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I agree with merlin that the ect is probably bad!
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Friday, March 13th, 2009 AT 2:28 PM
Tiny
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I replaced the ect but still have a problem with the fan not kicking in. The needle still goes up to high. I don't hear the fan kicking in.
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Monday, March 16th, 2009 AT 3:22 PM
Tiny
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The cicuit should be OK if when you crossed the switch wires the fan came on, Are you watching to see if it comes on? If still not working, it may be a prolem from the a/c part of the circuit, will look into it.
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Monday, March 16th, 2009 AT 3:43 PM
Tiny
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As I was replacing the temperature sending sensor, I observed that when I unplugged it both fans turned on. What could this mean?
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Saturday, March 21st, 2009 AT 9:38 AM
Tiny
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It probably means the sensor is no good, not calling for the fans, reporting wrong Ohms to PCM.
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Saturday, March 21st, 2009 AT 9:59 AM
Tiny
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I did replace the sensor, the fans still do not kick in. But when I disconnect the harness from the sensor while the car is running the fans do kick in. Now what?
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Saturday, March 21st, 2009 AT 11:19 AM

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