Question about 1998 Ford Escort
I have a 1998 Escort Finesse (UK model) Recently I had a small leak in the top rad hose which sprayed water onto the cooling fan assembly. Since then the fan main fuse (50Amp) from the battery keeps blowing. I have changed the fan unit today with no difference. Tried the car after changing the fan and the A/C worked fine and the fan was running for a short time but blew the fuse again. I figure it is a short circuit somewhere but I don't know where to look. If it makes any difference the temp gauge only works part of the time when the engine is running very hot.
Any help much appreciated.
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The temp gauge not registering a hot engine is a real bane on Zetec engines - check your coolant level before you do anything else. It may be that the system was airlocked when you filled it and that you got less coolant in than you thought you did.
It takes quite a short to blow a 50A fuse. First, make sure that the fan you've been looking at is actually the one protected by the fuse. Find out if there's anything else it protects. Check that all the fans/motors downstream of that fuse are free to turn (stalled fan motors are particularly good at blowing big fuses), and check all the cabling in between paying particular attention to places where wires pass close close the edges of parts that might chafe against them.
Posted on Jun 29, 2008
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