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Caravan overheating- what should I check out next?

My 2001 dodge caravan overheats. Replaced the thermostat and had system flushed, but still overheated. Then realized the fan was not coming on, checked the fuse and it was okay: now am suspecting the relay but don't even know where that ****** is> wondering if this should be my next plan of action

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  • Jeff Hammack
    Jeff Hammack May 11, 2010

    the relay is a reasonable expectation, you should also check to see if the fan runs with direct power applied to it, also check the thermo switch that activates the fan, let me know..

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Does the fan come on when the ac is on? if so the fan is most likely ok, the problem on this car is most likely the cylinder head gasket is leaking.

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