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My car engine never heats up so it dies ever time it idles in drive. will start right back up, though. Someone told me the engine fan is directly wired so it runs continually. I do I fix this or what can I expect it to cost to get it fixed

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Hi, if the fan runs contiusouly then the stat in the radiator / engine is CLOSED CIRCUIT. this is a 2 wire unit usually in the radiator. or this unit has been shorted out because the radiator thermostat is busted. the cutting out is more then likly the thottle stop needs to be adjusted. gerry

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It will depend on why someone wired it this way. The system is designed to use input from the temperature sending unit and throws a relay when the indication is above a certain temperature. If the system components (sender, relay and wiring) are still in place and functional, it would be a simple matter to hook them back up. But if they did this because it wasn't functional, you may have to purchase new components to get the system working again. You might also want to verify that they didn't remove the engine thermostat, as that would also prevent your engine from heating up as quickly as it should. If you have more questions, please feel free to reply.

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