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3800 cooling fans quit sometimes causing overheating

Sometimes cooling fans work sometimes they dont. 3.8L engine, have also had power window quit on and off, and a time or two electrical glitch (lights and gauges going on and off for a very short time.

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    started it and it overheated and my engine light won't turn off

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Sounds like a poor connection or loose connection, stasrt with the battery and clean and tighten cables. then check starter connections, Don't forget to disconnect the battery before you work on starter connections! There are some good contact cleaners available at your local auto store.

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