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1997 ford contour overheating. fan not coming on. fan works with ac on but when the switch/sensor is unplugged on bottom of radiator fan goes off even in ac mode. i thought if i jumped wires at switch/sensor the fan would run all the time but it does not it has not got rel hot. at idle the guage goes to the edge of the red. the coolant in the res. gets to 200 degrees or so. ithink the fan should be running . any advice?

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  • fam411 Oct 08, 2009

    Thanks. I didn't know when the fan would kick on. There seems to be good coolant flow. I hooked fan up direct and the temp guage still went up to the edge of the red when I drove it. The ac does not seem to make a difference but the fan runs with the ac. Maybe it should run that warm but I don't want to cook the engine. I may try a mechanical guage to see what it reads. I don't what temperature would be critical on these engines. Thanks for the info.

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The fan will usually come on between 208 degrees and 212 degrees. Check for coolant flow. Does it run hot with the a/c on?

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