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I feel really stupid - must have kicked out the fan wire that a past mechanic had wired to somewhere on the fusebox so that when the car turned on, so did the fan - and when the car shut off the fan turned off as well. I found the wire and a 25 w fuse on the floor. I called the guy but he's too busy to see me, so I'm stuck. I told him I wanted to do it myself and he told me it went to the fuse box, but had to be with the stuff that went on when the key was turned, anywhere else might drain the battery. I'm good with electrical stuff, just never worked on a car before. This has to be a snap - if you know where to wire it....HELP PLEASE Paulette

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  • PSpaPB326 Apr 11, 2011

    Thanks. Several years ago a friend (not a mechanic) accidentally cut the sensor for some odd reason, so the mechanic just straight wired the fan to come on when I turned on the car. It is simply a wire - no plug. I haven't gotten under the dash to get to the fuses yet (as you know, it's a *****!) so I don't know if there are stumps or posts or something to wrap the wire around, etc. I'm bringing out my electrical tape and caps - but is there something I should be looking for? I know this sounds like

    I'm ignorant - because I am (about cars, anyway) even though I think I could probably pass Fiero 101. Have had a few, and just love them (the 6 cylinders, of course). Thanks again for your help. Paulette

  • PSpaPB326 Apr 11, 2011

    Thanks. What happened was several years ago a friend, not mechanic, for some reason cut the sensor so this mechanic just direct wired the fan to come on when I turned the car on and off at shutdown. I have not gone under the dash yet (to get to the fuse box) so is there something I

    should be looking for - like a post since this is an actual wire - not a plug and I'm assuming I'll have

    to wrap it around something. Any hints?? I may have a repair manual still in one (or several) pieces, so I may even find a diagram for the fuse box. Is there a special way of attaching this wire to something? I will be bringing my electrical tape and caps along with me! Again, thank you for your help. If I had any brains, I would have looked at how this was wired BEFORE the inevitable heel gets

    caught in wire and pulls it out!

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Hopefully I can describe this to you so that it makes sense. First you need some way of picking up live wires. A 12/24v test light or a multimeter set to 20v DC.
With the ignition on and your test equipment negative connected to earth, touch the fuses one by one till you get an indication of 12v power. Switch the ignition off and check that the power at the fuse is off, switch on again, remove the fuse and find the side that is live - the other side of the fuse holder is the side you need to connect the wire so that the fan and its wiring will be protected by the fuse. Try locate that terminal's wire where it comes out of the fuse box to connect the wire.

Alternately you could use the fuse for the rear window heater, the wipers, the power windows or the reversing lights. The fuse box cover usually has a diagram on it of what fuses do what. Just remember, connecting another circuit to an existing one will place an extra load on the fuse and it might not like it

Ideally we should discuss the problem with your fan and find out why it does not work as designed and try get that back to normal. Feel free to come back to me and we can continue this course on this thread at any time or direct a question mentioning me for your responses. Good luck, HANS

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Well, It is hard to say. If the mechanic had to run a wire and a fuse to get your radiator fans to work, I seriously question his ability to repair cars. That is not REPAIRING a car, that is RIGGING a car - and I really hate it when I have to figure out what someone else has done to the thing in an attempt to get things to work. My guess is that he simply found a fuse that is hot with the key in the ON position and tapped into it. - definately not the way to fix a high-amperage circuit like a radiator fan, but I have seen similar and probably worse things on automobiles in my day. Sorry if I sound really cynical, but I have seen vehicles burn to the ground because of incompetence like what we are talking about here.

When you are serious about repairing your radiator fan circuits, I can help you fix it correctly, If it has not been completely BUTCHERED!

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    dttech Apr 11, 2011

    P.S. To get where you need to go to get it repaired properly. I guess you could just plug it into the fuse block anywhere you can get power so you don't overheat your engine and just disconnect it when you shut your engine off.

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    dttech Apr 11, 2011

    All I know io tellyou is to look in the fuse block for an empty hole to try to stick the end of the wire in. Many times there are fuse positions that are not being used, depending on what your vehicle is equipped with.

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