Is the radiator fan supposed to not run all the time?


Asked by Jul 05, 2016 at 04:29 AM about the 1987 Volkswagen Golf 2 Dr GL Hatchback

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

So i just got my first car (Golf 2 CL 1987) and i just noticed that the radiator
fan is not running even after i took at 10 min drive and the coolant hose/
radiator was pretty hot to tuch. Is that normal or is the fan broken?

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Test the fan. start the vehicle turn ON the AC the fan will come on UNLESS there is a problem with the motor or fan circuit.


As long as the car is going down the road, airflow will cool it off- the fans are for sitting idling with the engine running- so just let it sit, idle, and watch your temp gauge- if it goes up into the red and the fan doesn't come on- well- then ya know!

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