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Radiator cooling fan not working on civic shuttleGLautomatic1991

Cooling fan not working, system tends to get hotter in slow traffic or town driving. Tested fan motor and is working, fuse ok, cannot find location of radiator fan switch; how easy is it to check and replace switch, please help, thanks.

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Also ... have you change your thermostat? still factory? or it is an aftermarket, well have a shop flush your coolant and repalce your thermostat a factory is the way to go, I always encounter problems with aftermarket thermostats, be on the safe side and keep a healty cooling system, it will pay off.

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