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Why there are 02 fans near radiator? What are the purposes? One is working and one is not.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa I am Kelly.
You have 2 fans because one is the temperature controlled radiator fan that only runs when the engine water temp is above 160 deg. F. The water termperature controlled fan can run even with the ignition key OFF should the Engine water temp be too hot.
The 2nd fan is for your Air-Conditioner that should run when the cabin temp is set low enough for the Air-Conditioner compressor to run. This fan should run anytime the Air-Conditoner is switched on.
If your experiencing engine over heat problems when driving slow or sitting idle most likely the fan switch that is switched on by water temperature has failed. The fan switch controls a fan relay and if the relay fails the fan will not run. In this particular model there is a cooling fan module that controls the fan.

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http://www.fixautopartz.com/2009/03/20/2003-mitsubishi-outlander-engine-cooling-system

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Kelly

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Those are your cooling fans for the radiator. One is used as primary and the other won't kick in till you run the ac or it gets hotter.

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