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Radiator Electric Cooling Fans never come on - 96 Merc Sable

I have a 96 Mercury Sable with the standard 3.0L engine. Not the HO engine. The two electric cooling fans for the radiator does not run. I have checked the fuse and that is not the problem. I am figuring I have a temperature switch somewhere that is not working. Where can I find it and how can I tell if that is the problem?

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Its not the switch unfortunately. this is a motor issue. both motors may need to be replaced. you can purchase the whole assembly from the manufacture or your local parts shop.

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