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I am not sure how mechanically inclined you are, but the first test would be the motor of the fan itself. Try wiring that up straight to the battery. You can try this with starter cables if you don't have anything else. If the fan motor turns, then you know it's the temperature switch either located on the radiator, or somewhere by your engine where the coolant hose goes (thermostat housing). If you have a multimeter, you can measure the resistance of that switch, if the car is hot (hot coolant) then you should have an infinite reading, if not, replace that switch.

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