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Overheating problem Ford Focus lx 2.0L 2003: In overheating condition radiator fan not working and temperature gauge remain at middle position. Engine coolant temperature sensor is replaced but problem remained. When the ETC sensor is not connected fan works.

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  • milancajic Jul 28, 2009

    ETC sensor was replaced by a new one but the problem remained.

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With the sensor unplugged and the fan works,, replace the new sensor,,,,, it is probably defective. I have seeh this before.

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