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Try disconnecting the plug for temperature sensor on radiator and bridge the wires too see if your fans actually work also check fuses and relays if it comes on change the temp sensor

Posted on Apr 04, 2014

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    Thank you very much. I will do that. If this doesn't work, I'm not sure where the relay is. Could you direct me whrere to look for the relay?

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