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2002 pt cruiser - overheating - collant is up,

2002 pt cruiser 4 cyl auto - overheating after 10 - 15 minutes use and only when sitting at a light, once moving again, it'll coll down some - coolant is full, replaced the thermostat, checked fan fuse (fuse is good. power at the fusebox) and relay (power to the relay - how would you check the relay itself?). Fan doesn't appear to be going on while at idle (and close to overheating). What should I check next? Is there a way to check the fan itself?

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  • dnixdorf Jun 07, 2010

    Spent the day working at this. Relay tested fine. Turned on the AC, but the fan didn't kick in (this is a good idea - I believe the fan should kick in when the AC goes on). Took a bit of time to find the power wires to the fan motor, and when I did there wasn't much slack to disconnect and test. After a number of attempts was able to get this done. They sure don't make these vehicles to be worked on. Anyway, put power/ground to the fan motor and nothing. I'm guessing it's the fan motor. Started looking at how to get this out - doesn't look like it's going to be easy. Took off the air inlet/filter cover. Took the two top bolts out holding the fan and shroud to the rad. Took out the one on the right (pass side) and the two on the bottom. The one in the middle on the left is tough to get at. Took out the battery, and the battery plate it sits on. SO now everything is disconnected, but I can't seem to slide the fan/shroud up and out. Not enough room.

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SOUND LIKE COOLANT TEMPERATURE SENSOR .BUT FIRST HOTWIRE COOLANT FAN USING JUMPER WIRES TO BATTERY IF FAN RUNS ITS GOOD IF NOT REPLACE FAN MOTOR..ALSO HOT WIRE RELAY TERMINAL 86 TO BATTERY POSITIVE POST AND 85 TERMINAL TO BATTERY GROUND POST USING JUMPER WIRES.IF IT CLICK ITS WORKING IF NOT NO SOUND REPLACE RELAY.IF ALL IS GOOD.THEN THE COOLANT TEMPERATURE SENSOR IS BAD.

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Turn on the A/C and see if fan turns on, if not try to get at the back of it and rap on it with a hammer or rod of some sort. If it tries to run or runs slow it needs to be replaced. If it does not run, you will need to check power and ground when it should be running (a/c on)

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I just had the same exact issue. I got the fan replaced. About 2 months later, same exact problem. Took the car elsewhere and they said there was a coolant pressure issue, and I had the whole system flushed, new cap. Now I have antifreeze leaking all over, and they tell me nothing's wrong. I'm no car expert, but I'm not car idiot. They told me it was condensation and wouldn't fix it. Now I'm thinking it's the thermostat.

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