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Why doesn't the temperature gauge work and the coolant fan runs all time while the engine is running.

About 2 seconds after I start my engine the coolant fan starts and runs the entire time the engine is running. the temperature gauge does not work either.

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Could be your coolant temperature sensor is bad.

Posted on Nov 07, 2014

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Cooling Fan Temp Sensor is the First thing You Check (with what you have described) Cooling Fan Should ALways come On When The A/C is turned On as A/C Adds A Load to Engine, If Temp Sensor is Faulty it Will Not Give GROUND Signal to ECM >For COOLING FAN >RELAY to Give ground and turn ON The Fan.
There ARE 2 temp Sensors that Serve Different Purposes 1 is for Dash READING GAGE & Or TEMP LIGHT the Other is For ECM or Fan Relay (SAME Thing) you Said>""can disconnect the sensor and fan continues to run" < This Leads me to think you Changed the Wrong One. Not Questioning your Skills Just Here to Help.
TEMP SENSOR FOR 3.1L V6 is Located upper RH rear of engine compartment, near exhaust system. Temp SENSOR for 2.3L Engine is Located in LH rear of engine compartment.
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SOURCE: Engine coolant temperature is lower than thermostat

This happens when the Engine Coolant Temperature (ECT) does not reach 75°C (167°F) despite sufficient engine warm-up time.

This happens usually when the thermostat/temperature sensor is faulty, and is bad for emissions and fuel consumption.

The repair cost may vary, even if themperature sensor is not an expensive part, after replacing the sensor there is need to reset the ECU (car computer module).

Posted on Dec 13, 2008

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SOURCE: Radiator Fan's Run All The Time

There are 2 things that will cause this to happen. 1. The thermostat needs to be replaced and, 2. The coolant sensor can be bad. When I had this problem, I changed them both at the same time, she been just fine since then. Also, I had the check engine light on, and got the code from AutoZone (it's free!)

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It should be located on the outside of the frame rail,forward of the right front tire. It should look like a ceramic type ballist with a pigtail and one bolt holding it on. If the pigtail has a connector dont forget to check for water, rust, etc. also check for wire damage. It should be the culprit though since by jumping the relay you are in theroy bypassing the resistor. I hope this is correct I didnt have time to pull a diagram and look at it but I am pretty sure this is correct. Thank you for your vote and comment. I hope this helps, good luck my friend.

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SOURCE: Sunfire overheating, not low on coolant

Sensor on the engine sends info to the computer that triggers fan relay and sends power to fan. Most often problem is sensor or relay but quick check fan itself by hot wiring it to the battery Polarity is not an issue...if you get wrong it will run backwards. If it does not run, it's bad.

Posted on Jul 30, 2009

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