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I have 2000 impala.. Code 0481 I've replaced the relay even though both fans turn on fine. I also swapped the plugs to see if I would get a fan 1 code and still got 0481. Any ideas?

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DTC P0481Cooling Fan Relay 2 Control Circuit .
You swaped what plugs ? Fan's ? That wouldn't change anything ! You need to know how these duel fan set up's work . With this code the fans will still work in low speed , not high !
Output driver modules (ODMs) are used by the PCM to turn on many of the current-driven devices that are needed to control various engine and transaxle functions. Each ODM is capable of controlling up to 7 separate outputs by applying ground to the device which the PCM is commanding ON. Unlike the quad driver modules (QDMs) used in prior model years, ODMs have the capability of diagnosing each output circuit individually. If an improper voltage level has been detected on ODM B output 2, which controls the high speed, relay 2, and series/parallel cooling fan relays, DTC P0481 will set.
Do you know how to do automotive electrical testing ?
Diagnostic Aids
Check for the following conditions:
• Poor connection at PCM -- Inspect harness connectors for the following items:
- Backed out terminals
- Improper mating
- Broken locks
- Improperly formed or damaged terminals
- Poor terminal to wire connections
• Damaged harness -- Inspect the wiring harness for damage.
• If the harness appears to be OK, disconnect the PCM, turn ON the ignition and observe a digital multimeter connected between the Fan Relay 2 driver circuit and ground at the PCM harness connector while moving connectors and wiring harnesses related to the series/parallel fan relay and the high speed fan relay. A change in voltage will indicate the location of the fault.
If the DTC cannot be duplicated and is determined to be intermittent, reviewing the Failure Records can be useful in determining when the DTC was last set. Also refer to Testing for Intermittent Conditions and Poor Connections in Wiring Systems.


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Chevy Impala 2003. Replaced cooling radiator cooling fan. Fan now works (driver side). Hooked up code reader. Received code for cooling fan removed code because fan was replaced. Next day engine light is...


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Looked it up in Chilton's, confirmed in http://www.obd-codes.com/trouble_codes/

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Each fan will throw a different code. See 3 fans listed for your model. Here's a link for the wiring schematic: http://www.chiltonlibrary.com/content/images/WD/GM/014/WD_GM_014788.pdf


Best of luck.
Greg

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