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May i know the rotation of the two auxillary fan along the radiator to reduced the heat on it

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The fans can spin in either direction based on how the fan blade is position. If you're worried about the fan facing the right direction here's how to verify it. When the fan is on it is suppose to pull the air through the radiator and pushing it out into the engine compartment. Basically the fan helps more air come into the front of the car which in return cools down the radiator. So just check which way the air is being sucked in and pushed out, the outwards air should be going in the direction towards the rear of the vehicle. If you have any more questions please let me know.

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