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Engine Fan Stays on

I Have a 2004 Golf 1.6 FSI SE with 27,000 miles on the clock. The engine fan comes on every 30 seconds or so regardless of engine temperature. I think it might be the temperature sensor but do not know where this is or how to replace it!!!

Any help much appreciated. Thanks, Neil

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  • john thorp Dec 11, 2008

    HI, I have the same roblem with my fathers car. fan comes on after turning off the engine, even if only on for a second, I have just bought a new fan temp switch ,which fits on the right hand side of the rad looking in from the front, but I think the dealer has given me the wrong one, even though I supplied him the correct chassis number.we have emmissions lights on, no temp gauge readings and this fan draining the battery, and my father paid 870 euro to get this fixed only for it to return within days, do not go to vw dealers, they must just reset the fault's on there computer .I will update as I find out what is going on, I am a trained auto electrician however things have changed in the world of cars...which I am not presently still involved with professionally



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Hi Neil,
The best way forward is to get the fault codes read using the on-board diagnostic system. You can either get this done at a suitably equipped garage or do it yourself with free VAG diagnostic software, a £15 interface cable and the use of a laptop computer. This should indicate where the fault lies. If a sensor is throwing a fault code, it could still be just a dirty electrical connector on the end of the cable, and not the sensor itself.
Once you have the list of fault codes, get them cleared, run the car for a few miles and check the codes again in case some of them were old ones that no longer apply.
If you get back to me with the list I will try to help you further.
Cheers, D.

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