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Radiator fan relay gets 12v but won't engage

Radiator fan relay gets 12v to mag coil but not enough amps to operate magent relay to engage curcirt.

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Possible bad fan relay, or fan and check pin connection and connecters also check for a good ground....

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check, ?
ok all relays
the relay is just a coil (mag) and a switch.
many relays have just 4 pins.
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the ECU/PCM grounds the other coil pin, the mag field inside builds and the contactor closes. and the contactor ouput pin
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any DMM , even that cheap one at walfart works great.
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to work on cars, you must learn electrics first, then how relays work. there are millions of web pages on this subject,

ok , i went to (so can you)
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0v when active, most cars take cranking to go active.
the blue-red wire from crank fuse. sends 12v to pump relay coil
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i answered in the generic and exact.

old post. but lots of old handa's still ,

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