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My '02 Saturn SL has started running hot. I brought it to a mechanic who flushed the cooling system and chaged the thermostat, but that didn't fix it. Unlike other cars, turning the a/c on will cool the engine because it trips a fan, but it sounds like it cuts out when the car is sitting still for anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or so (e.g. at a light). It's also sounds like it's rattling when that fan is on. Is it just a question of replacing that part?

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  • smilingvulca May 27, 2010

    Thank you. The work done was needed, but I agree about your assessment of not fixing the problem. That's why I wanted to do more research before going back. They supposedly did a free AAA maintenance inspection, which also found that the ignition coils are arcing and need to be replaced. I figured this might be part of this larger electrical problem? Thanks for the thermostat switch info! I feel better about having this taken care of now.

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From the sound of it i think you could be right ,the fan motor bearings are worn but its very difficult to advise from a description as you will appreciate.the fan should continue to run when the AC is on and as you say its cutting off then either the fan is worn or you have a connection problem in one way shape or form.the best thing is if your not sure is to replace the fan and ask change the thermostat switch which on this year of vehicle is in the radiator which with no disrespects your mechanic should have done before he released the vehicle .He should have made sure it was all working with the cooling fan cutting in when the was left engine running to test it ,

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