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My check engine light came on after i put freon in the car for the air condition. my friend has a computer that we hooked up to the car to find out what the problem was and this code came up P1490, what does the P1490 code mean on a 2001 chrylser sebring lxi, 2.7 4 door sedan?

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When you get that code it means that the computer isn't detecting the relay kicking in and starting the cooling fan.
In most cases replacing the relay for the fan will cure that problem and you can erase the code with scanner once the problem is repaired
P1490 Low Speed Fan CTRL Relay Circuit - you need to check and make sure the cooling fan is coming on when it suppose to.

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Low Speed Fan CTRL Relay Circuit

you might try disconnecting the battery, turn the key to "start", turn off then re-connect the battery to clear the memory and see if it returns, then if it does, I would look at the blower motor resistor.

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Low speed fan control relay circuit

You can try to clear the code, and drive on. If the light reappears replace the ceramic looking piece located about 4 inches from the fan plug in, clear the code and you should be good to go.

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Let me explain in layman's terms how the air conditioning (AC) system works and what could be happening to your car.

Like your body, the air conditioning compressor is the heart of the AC system, and Freon is the blood. The compressor pumps Freon throughout the AC system, either the older type R12 which costs as much as gold it seems these days, or the new environmentally-friendly R134A Freon. This Freon is a gas and liquid combination that is compressed and circulated throughout the air conditioning system. The compressed Freon is pushed through the system under pressure and is passed through different sized metal and rubber hoses and a special valve called an expansion valve that cause the gas to expand and contract.

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Overheating. If the engine is running hot or overheating, it can have a noticeable negative affect on the air conditioning system. Some cars have two electric cooling fans, one for the air conditioning condenser and the other for the radiator. Make sure they are both working properly. Usually at idle on a hot day with the AC on both fans will be on.

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