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Don't know if the hot engine fan is working

My 1996 Saturn SL overheated, and there was an oil change place close by, so we drove there to get an oil change and had the radiatar flushed. It has 170,000 miles and still runs good. Well we were told to drive it and if it heated again, to get the thermostat changed. Today had the thermostst changed, and everything seems to be working. However, reading the manuel it talks about the fan. As far as I know, the fan doesn't come on. How often should it come on, or should it be on when you are driving? Was wondering if that might have been the overheating problem. Love the Saturn, and it has given us wonderful service. Drive it instead of the other vehicles. There isn't a dealership close by, within 40 miles, and if the fan isn't working, I am afraid to drive it to have it checked out. Any advice?

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The fan is known as a traffic fan because it usually goes on in heavy traffic. However, it should go on whenever it gets sufficiently hot.
If you have a temperature gauge on your car the needle shouldn't go more than 1/2 way up, or the temperature gauge if digital should not go above 220 or 230 deg. F (in GM cars) during even hot day operation.

If it goes to 260 deg. F or above, you have a problem.

If the fan does not go on with the a/c then you may have a relay or electrical wiring break that prevents it from going on when needed.

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