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I am working on my 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Coupe, 2.2 4 cylinder engine. I am having a few problems with it. About July i paid to have my radiator fan replaced, which was replaced with a used one off the same type of vehicle. Now, it's not working again, and the car is hotter than normal. Although it doesn't get to the dangerous red line on the temp gauge, im still a bit worried. The next thing i am having problems with, supposedly, is the rack and pinion. The mechanic i had fix the radiator fan told me the Rack and Pinion was leaking power steering. However, when i check the fluid level, its completely fine? I am looking for any advice at all on these problems, as i'm trying to get the car in good working order and keeping it that way.

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Recommend you get a new fan this time. They aren't that expensive. If there are no leaks under your car, I wouldn't worry about what the mechanic said. If it starts to leak bad, you will know it without damage. A car that old is going to have a few small leaks here and there, and it isn't wirth the cost to fix them all. If you do see more substantial leaks, try to identify the type of fluid and location, then get back to us.

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Lets start with the rack and pinion. If it's leaking you should be able to see it from under the car with tha help of a light. The rack & pinion is a 3-4" around cylinder looking thing that goes from side to side between the 2 front tires. The steering colum will come down to it. If it's leaking youll know it. If it is leaking youll have to replace it. Is the fan manual or electric?

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    There are 3 types of fans 1. electric (comes on and off when needed 2. direct, which means that it is hard mounted directly to crank shaft and turns constantly 3. similar to #2 except that it is centrifugal. Sounds like you have an electric fan and it has a sensor that tells it when the motor temprature rises and that it needs to come on. If all of the electrical connections are good and it doesnt come on you will have to replace it. Old timmers like me would try to hot wire it first to see if it is indeed the fan and not the wire connections. As far as the leak in the rack



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