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Coolant fan not working

My coolant fan is not working. only gets hot when im at a drive thru or stop light,other than that its fine. any ideas???? thanks

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Running hot at idle is a classic sign of a slipping fan clutch.If the clutch is slipping then it is still turning somewhat and it will stay cool when moving because of the air blowing through when you are moving. Is it completely not turning or turning erratically, slowly etc. If it is completely not turning ever at all there is probably a short in the electronic fan system, or the fan motor or switch is out.

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