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Car overheats I have a 1995 Grand Am SE that whenever I idle in traffic it tends to overheat. I've replaced the thermostat. My friend and I noticed that the rad fan would not turn on, ever? I took the rad fan out and tested the power source to the rad fan motor (now I have never used a voltmeter before, have a decent idea of how it works, but got zero readings no matter what I did) I don't know exactly where the sensor is or how to get at it and change it? How to I check a fuseible link? I'm so frustrated because I need this car to get to work and back, and don't have the money right now to take to a shop??? Someone pls help??!!! Thanks, Alex.

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Hey Alex ! Try this. Make sure the fan does not turn on for any reason.
-Lift hood
-Start car
-let engine get hot
-observe as engine gets hot just sitting there idleing if at any time the fan switches on.
as the engine gets very hot...may take 7-10minutes....the fan should switch on.

If not, check the switching box for the fan itself; it has a brain box that controls when the fan turns on.
Its kinda like a thermostat, but the one you are familiar with just open to let coolant flow, not telling
the fan to switch on...its different.
You can take the hot wire from the fan and hook it directly to battery power. this will rule out
the fan's motor is good to begin with. otherwise check all the fuses that drive the power to the fan.

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