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The fan on my 2005 vw beetle has quit- could it be the fuse panel located on the car battery>

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    Kathy Benning Jun 03, 2010

    I barely have 30,000 miles on the car as it is seldom used. I definately know the engine fan is not coming on however no (emegency) engine lights are showing. I can smell the 'heatness' -if thats a word- and have not heard the fan since the smell started hence my deduction of the cooling fan. I've recently been laid off and cannot afford a heafty auto bill- plus I'm a woman and have been taken advantage of before- really just praying its an easy fix for me.

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I am assuming you are referring to the cooling fan on the motor. If not and talking about inside fan jump to paragraph titled INSIDE FAN below. There are three fuse panels on top of the battery and one on the drivers side of car inside door on dash panel. Be sure and check the inside fuses first. There should be a fuse map card on the door to the fuse panel that tells you which location the FAN fuse is in. After that point look at the battery panel and the connections should have what appear to be flat silver pieces of metal flat on top of the battery, with wires connected on both sides. If you have a multimeter set it to continuity and test both sides to make sure power is flowing. Also check for corosion, etc. There are also blade fuses on top of battery that can be checked by removing and looking to see if they are blown. This would show as a burn mark and the metal would be seperated.

Not sure what makes you think its the fuse on the battery that could cause this issue unless somehow you see a defect or damage to this area. It is usually the last to blow unless exposed to water or left open, shorted, etc.

Second thing to be sure is that the car has reached temperature to cause cooling fan to kick in.

INSIDE FAN: If the inside AC/Heater fan has stopped working this is more than likely the fan control knob located in center of the three knobs. The left is temperature control knob for Hot Cold, Center is Fan speed, and Right is vent choice. Unfortunately the unit is a single piece and the fan control switch is not replaceable by itself. You have to buy the whole module. The left and right are cable actuated but the fan control is electric and can short out and cause fan failure total or not run at high speed, not turn off, etc. Suggestion is to search EBAY for your model and lookf for AC control, Fan Control, etc. I would also suggest a Bentley manual for your beetle as it is the BIBLE used by VW mechanics at the dealer to diagnose and work issues. If you fancy DIY on some minor repairs this is the book for you and has 1600 pages of very detailed troubleshooting and procedures, with pictures and is easy to follow. You can find them on ebay as well for about 80 dollars. Be sure and get the correct one for your model year

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  • donprice459 Jun 03, 2010

    MKBENNING... there is one other possibility as well. There is a coolant temperature sensor located in the engine that sends the temperature to the computer in the car called and ECU and this in turn signals the fan to come on and provide supplemental cooling. Its a small part and the part cost at dealer is $33 dollars.. the labor is about half hour to install so probably a $100 job.. but with being laid off that could as well be $10000000.... If you know someone handy with cars that you trust I can copy the pages from my automanual for fan troubleshooting as well as the temperature sensor and send to them so they can troubleshoot. The processes are pretty straight forward and the instructions easy to follow.. but someone who is handy with engines and tools needs to do it to prevent any damage.

  • Kathy Benning
    Kathy Benning Jun 04, 2010

    Anything at this point would be very helpful. If you can send the info over I will find someone to assist me. You've been very helpful- thanks again.

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Help the knob to my fan interior will not move if u jiggle it - it might come on the ac works if u can get the knob to move - it's 103

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9 times out of 10 as a technician at a VW dealer, the engine has two cooling fans. if one is running and not the other usually it is the module in the fan that has gone bad and needs replaced. I know on my 2006 jetta that I bought used with 47,000 miles had a fan go out shortly after i bought it. the fan and module is all one unit. That is what I've seen the most problems with fans not running the fan itself is the problem.

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