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Electric fans for radiator do not turn on. Tested

Electric fans for radiator do not turn on. Tested motors OK. Changed relay.What should I look at?

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The sensor on the engine, also try moving other relays the look like it around to its position, because the sensor on the engine is usually solid state and rarely fail

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Temp sending sensor may be bad. If it is bad the fans don't have something "saying it's hot or overheating, need to turn on fans to cool down" The fans are not getting the signal it needs to turn on. If you have checked the motors and relay then this is the only other problem I have seen,

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