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Code 1481 My husband recently replaced the waater pump and the fan clutch, now code 1481 is coming up. How can this be repaired. I took it to the shop today and they said it was the fan speed circuit sensor but wasn't sure how to repair or where to begin

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Harness Assembly, Engine Cooling Fan Wiring

  1. Place the cooling fan assembly on a bench.
  2. Disconnect the harness electrical connector from the cooling fan clutch.
  3. Remove the harness from the plastic guide while feeding the wires out of the slot.
  4. Before installing the new harness, wrap the affected area on the wires with electrical tape to keep the protective sleeve in place. Be sure to keep the tape approximately 25 mm (1 in) away from the connector so the wires can be fed into the slot.
  5. Feed the wires into the slot and install the harness to the plastic guide.
  6. Connect the harness electrical connector to the cooling fan clutch.
  7. Install the cooling fan. Refer to the Cooling Fan and Shroud Replacement procedure in the Engine Cooling sub-section of SI.

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Same thing just happened to me but it wasn't wiring . The fan shroud has to align at the bottom so the plastic guide pins fit in the holes so the fan does not rub on the shroud . The rubbing cause the fan to stick setting off that code . Make sure shroud is lined up at the bottom .

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