Radiator fan problems or is it a sensor or something worse???

Asked by 1CooperGaGa Apr 11, 2021 at 10:01 PM about the 2008 MINI Cooper S Convertible

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 2008 Mini convertible had recently & only sporadically, begun to have the
radiator fan stay on after turning off the car. (BTW: not hot outside.) Since the
dealer is out of town, and since the problem was only sporadic, I have putting
off making the long drive. Now, a couple of days ago, I just happened to look
down at my dash to find that my car’s temperature had red-lined. Thankfully,
the fan then did turn on and the engine cooled down. Now, I’m afraid to make
the long drive to the dealer for repairs. Concerned that a general foreign car
repair shop won’t use the proper parts, etc. So, I’m trying to trouble shoot
what possibly is wrong. Maybe coolant is low? Since I drive very little - and
because of Covid - I skipped my maintenance trip in 2020. Plus the car is now
almost 13 years old. It could be my thermostat, the fan iitself or even the
radiator - or it could simply be a sensor. I’m a newly separated lady in my 60s
and I honestly don’t know what to do!!

1 Answer


You might have a coolant leak, it might be the thermostat, or other cooling issue. Have the car towed to the dealer, is probably the safest bet if you don't trust the other shops. I wouldn't drive it a long distance. Never drive the car till it get in the red again. Find a local shop that works on BMW's, that's who manufactures the Mini. Check reviews or call around.

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