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Try the HVAC, it is Heating, cooling, AC regulator, located near the blower motor. It controls the amount of voltage going to the motor, the highest setting by pass the restictors that is why it only works on high.

You have a bad blower motor resistor. This is located under the dash close to the blower motor itself

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What gauge not reading , Temperature ? you posted back in 2011 ? You did feel you should take it to the repair shop ? You need to take this to a ASE certified repair facility ! This is a complex electronically controlled cooling system , Three relay's controlled by the ECM -engine control module turn the fans on in two different speeds ! There could be DTC'S diagnostic trouble codes stored in the ECM, HVAC module , BCM !
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There you are, thank you for using FixYa.

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