Radiator fans not turning on

Tiny
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  • 2002 DODGE NEON
  • 2.0L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 106,000 MILES
My radiator fans will not turn on when getting to operation temperature. When I turn the A/C on the fans will come on which keeps the car from overheating. All coolant and thermostat is good.

Any suggestion where I need to check? I double check the connections and everything seems to be connected.
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Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 AT 2:46 PM

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Tiny
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Hi:

It could be a few things. First, the engine coolant temperature sensor (ECT) may not be working properly. Based on temperature, the computer actuates power via a fan relay which allows the fan to turn on. Basically, the PCM provides a ground which completes the circuit. The PCM will actuate the fan relay when the coolant temperature reaches approximately 97 C (207 F) and turns off the fan relay when the coolant temperature drops to approximately 94 C (201 F). If you are not reaching that temp or if the sensor doesn't show that temperature, the fan will not turn on. So, if yo have a live data scanner, see what temperature is being registered by the ECT.

However, and more commonly, the cooling fan relay fails. I attached a picture below showing the relay location. It is in the under hood power distribution box. Check to make sure it is in good condition as well as there are no connection issues.

Here is a link showing how to check the relay:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-an-electrical-relay-and-wiring-control-circuit

Here are a few link you may find helpful:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-use-a-test-light-circuit-tester

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-use-a-voltmeter

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-wiring

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If there is a relay with the same part number, switch them to see if there is a change.

One last thing. Most of these vehicles came with one cooling fan but some do have two. I need to know which you have and if one or both are turning on with the AC. And one last interesting fact. As you already know, when the AC is turned on, the fan will constantly run. Did you know that the fan relay is turned off when the vehicle speed is above approximately 100 km/h (62 mph)? If you are driving above that speed, the fan will not turn on.

Let me know if any of this helps or if you have other questions.

Take care,
Joe

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Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 AT 8:38 PM
Tiny
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When the A/C is turned on both fans turn on.

I was going about 60 or so when I found out the fans didn't turn on but car never overheated.
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Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 AT 8:50 PM
Tiny
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The best thing I can suggest is to check engine temp and see if it exceeds 210 F at a lower speed to see if they still fail to turn on. If you have a live data scanner, that would be the easiest thing to do.
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Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 AT 9:03 PM

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