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1996 sable cooling fans not working

Car is over heating because fans are not kicking on thought it was wierd that both fans may have gone out at same time fuse is not blown what else could be the cause

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Do the fans work when you turn on the a/c? if they do there is a sensor it is called the coolant fan temp sensor some of the older sables had a controll box on top of the radiator

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