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I've got a 97 Subaru Legacy 2.2 with air and the cooling fans will not come on, The fuze is good. If it;s a sensor issue where is it located? Thanks for any help. Mark

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    I have a similar problem, except for my blower will just quit blowing air while I am driving down the road.



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