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Volkswagon Eurovan cooling fans don't stop when the engine is cool and drain the battery.

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    Hugh Griffin Sep 30, 2010

    I agree with the conclusions as these are what I suspected. Unfortunately I can't locate the sensor, fuses, and associated relays due to the congested areas where they reside. I need to have these component's physical location described. I. E. "THE RELAY IS THE 2ND FROM THE RIGHT IN THE 3RD ROW UP FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE MAIN FUSE BLOCK".

  • Hugh Griffin
    Hugh Griffin Sep 30, 2010

    2002 - I suspect that it's a bad relay, sensor, or harness short but since I don't know anything about this vehicle (it's my daughter's) and don't have documentation, I don't know where these components are located. I'm sure you know how tight everything is on this vehicle. I looked at the main fuse panel to the left of the steering column but it's loaded with relays and fuses. I will need specific locations for each of the components... I have a DVM for checking the wiring if I can get a description of the color and location of the specific leads. Thanks

  • Hugh Griffin
    Hugh Griffin Sep 30, 2010

    I accept your solution, but I'm hoping you can tell me where I can locate this part within the engine in order to replace it.
    Thanks,
    Hugh

  • Hugh Griffin
    Hugh Griffin Sep 30, 2010

    Nice job! Thanks!

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Hello! Please send the year of the vehicle and I'll get to work on its problem...Guru...Saailer

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  • David Burbee
    David Burbee Sep 30, 2010

    Hello! The culprit is the Cooling Fan Thermal Switch...The cost is around $30...Here is a picture of the component................Saailer




  • David Burbee
    David Burbee Sep 30, 2010

    Hello! See the hole on the left side of the radiator, between the upper and lower hose connection; That's where it lives....................Saailer

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I haven't worked on the Eurovan yet, so my answer will be generic but the information should help you to quickly locate your fault. Normally I don't answer Premium Questions unless I absolutely know the full answer, but in this case you probably need a fast and useful answer instead of waiting around for an absolutely perfect one.

It's completely normal for the electric fans to run after the engine is turned off, but they should stop after a minute or two. They run on a combination of the coolant temperature sensor and a timer relay. If the fans operate correctly when the engine is running (i.e.not on all of the time, cut in and out as required) then the sensor is fine, so if the fans keep don't stop after the engine is turned off then your van has most likely has a faulty timer relay located in one of the fuseboxes. If you consult your vehicle handbook it should tell you which one it is, or the inside of the fusebox lid may also have a diagram. Note that on some models, the fan relay incorporates the timer function.

When you have located the relay(s) in question wait until the fans should have stopped and give the relay(s) a sharp tap. If the fans turn off immediately then you probably have confirmation, but repeat the test a couple more times just to be sure that the fan didn't turn off coincidentally. The fix is to replace the relay, but in the short term you can just pull either the cooling fan fuse or relay after you stop the engine. If you do this then it's vitally important that you have a foolproof way to remember to replace them before restarting the engine. Failure to do so can result in severe engine damage.

If you find that the fans do not run normally, for example they start running immediately from a cold start, then the fault is either a faulty temperature sensor or a short circuit in the sensor wiring. To test, remove the plug from the sensor: the fans should stop immediately. If not then the wiring has a fault and has probably chafed where it passes through a metal clip or through bodywork, leaving the conductor free to earth via the bodywork and sending a false signal to activate the cooling fans.

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    Obertelli Sep 30, 2010

    Sorry that I was unable to assist you on this occasion, I'll try and research a specific answer for you as soon as I can in case a VW Expert doesn't come up with an answer in good time for you.

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