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Same problem fan not coming on

My jeep over heats only when idleing and the fan will not come on at all i bought a relay switch and i need to know where it goes please help me

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  • macca941 Sep 24, 2008

    my fan wont work either the car is quite happy to just sit there and cook itself

  • Anonymous Sep 26, 2008

    fan wont work

  • Anonymous Sep 29, 2008

    fan will not come on and jeep overheats

  • Anonymous Mar 01, 2009

    my jeep over heats only when idleing and the fan will not come on at all i bought a relay switch and i need to know where it goes


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Ok here is the answer to your problem. Your cooling fan is controlled by a sensor relay which is located behind the left front head light and beneath the rubber molding. It held in place by two small screws. this module may cost you about $40.00 buck and you can with a few tools replace it your self. Once done your fan should work like new.

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I had the same exact problem about 2 years ago. turned out to be the fan relay switch. i'm having the same exact problem now. just like last time i tested the fan by directly connecting it to the battery terminals to make sure the fan ran and it did, checked the fuses and they are fine again. i'm assuming that its the relay switch.....again. pain in the @ss! i dont remember exactly how i did it last time but i think i ended up having to remove the front bumber and possibly the splash gaurd in the wheel well of the front passenger side to get to it. its located in the worst, most insane location. for a $20 part that just unplugs to be replaced its riduculous the amount of work one has to go thru to change it. by the way, i got 100,000+ miles on my jeep now and i DONT regret ever buying it. its been good to me and apart from this relay switch issue 2 years ago its never let me down or left me stranded.

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  • kalikool Oct 04, 2008

    found a link to pictures showing how someone replace their realay. they didnt do what i had to do last time which was removing the front bumper and etc..... all they did was to cut an access hole under the front light to access and replace the relay. genius! why didnt i think of that. anyway here is the url to the page with the picutures hope this helps everyone.


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Although the relay can be the case in many instances, it can also be the fan itself. I, unfortunately, got to experience this last summer in Naples, FL in the summer where it is a bit hot. I was under the extended warranty and the dealer confirmed what I had thought: the fan itself was dead. I had tested all connections, relays, solenoids, etc (because it was cheaper than the deductible). Hopefully this is not the case but if it is and you are not under warranty you may want to shop around for a used or aftermarket fan (if they exist) as the dealer would have gotten a pretty penny for my repair.

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Saved me a bundle!

Do some research on line, there was one sight that really helped me but i don;t remeber it.

Search Fan Relay switch. .

good luck

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