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Any idea why my 1997 Kawasaki KVF/Prarie 400 A1 is overheating? had this problem for a while now, replaced the fan as it was not coming on.Then cleaned out the rad as it was clogged and this worked for a while. Now it sounds like the fan is not coming on again...could it be blocked with mud to the point where it won't even come on already? Is there a fuse for the fan that could be blown?

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There should be a" thermo switch" screwed into the radiator. Its function is to turn on the fan when the coolant gets hot. There are two wires going to this switch. Disconnect these wires and join them together. You can use a split pin as a temporary connector. If the fan now comes on it means the thermo switch (fan switch) is faulty and needs to be replaced. Just one possibility. Check for a blown fuse first though.

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