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Engine cooling fan just stopped working

My engine cooling fan just stopped working, how can I get it running again quickly and cheap?

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Fuse, Coolant temperature Sensor or fan relay possible problem, for proper fix, or wire in your own $5 switch, and mount to dash, then you turn it on & off.

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