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Engine cooling fan not turning on.

Engine cooling fan doesn't turn on and the fan fuse and two relays are good, so what might be wrong, temperature sendsor, how do I test that and where is it located and is the fan hard to take out and replace?

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    cooling fan is not working but is not running hot even in idel

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Actually the contour and mystique both have this problem they tend to overheat and ruin engines and transmissions when the fan quits working the best fix is a kit you get from ford or advance auto parts it makes the coolong fan run all the time the engine is on and this will save you lots of problems in the future, not only am i a master automotive tech but i have owned 6 of these cars. the 96 mystique beng my favorite. mercury version. good luck james

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The electric motor can go bad like my Tbird has 2 times in 10 years.
Most Ford's have a Temp Switch and Temp Sending unit.
The Temp Switch tells the guage on dash the temp and the Temp Sending unit tells the computer how hot engine is and then kicks fan on (assuming all relays and fuses ok).
or at local "Mighty Mart" making you late for something important

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