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What would cause my radiator fan to stop spinning when the car is in park?

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As long as your radiator fan comes on and off, and your car is not over heating, it's ok, the fan is control by your coolant temp. sensor, which give the comman to your computer to turn the fan on when temp reaches 200deg. and will keep cycling on and off.

Posted on May 31, 2010

  • fcaincamacho May 31, 2010

    I ask because it's been overheating when in park. I've been given a couple of different reasons about what the problem is. Someone told me the thermostat is going out and another told me it was the relay.

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    Alexander Mimun May 31, 2010

    One more thing if your car is over heating while in park, check cooling fan fuse and relay, also check cooling temp. sensor, to test sensor disconnect sensor, will sit by thermostat housing, if fan come's on bad sensor, replace sensor, if it don't come on check voltage at fan assembly if you have voltage there replace fan motor, the reason it don't over heat while driving is air is being force through radiator, and no air been force and stops.

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