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Fan stayed on and killed battery.jump-started it now fans did'nt come on and its overheating.what should i do?

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  • michaelstuar Jul 19, 2009

    its 1997 3.3 v 6,thanks.

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Year of the van please, this type of question is not generic for all vans, you mean the cooling fan or the ac fan or both?.

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