Does the radiator cooling fan only come on if the car is running hot?

Asked by Apr 01, 2014 at 10:18 PM about the 2001 Ford Focus ZTS

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2001 ford focus that is at about 126,000 miles. I drove for about 30-45 minutes
across town and sat in a parking lot for about two minutes when the plastic connector
piece above the radiator cracked and spewed all of my coolant everywhere.  I replaced
the plastic piece but noticed what I assume is the radiator cooling fan wasn't rotating.
Does it only rotate if it's heating up too much? Is it important that the replacement
plastic piece that I just put in is hot to the touch when I run my car? (like really hot -
could burn you if you touched longer than a sec).

2 Answers

37,725

Yes the fans should have come on. First look at the fan fuse/relay. Then check and see if they spin freely. Sooner or later they will seeeze up. My guess is that the reason why you over heated is because of the fans not working properly.

2 people found this helpful.
27,665

A quick check of the fans would be to turn on the Air Conditioning. The fans always come on with the AC.

2 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Ford Focus Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    1,610
  • #2
    dandyoun
    Reputation
    1,370
  • #3
    Su'ad Barakat
    Reputation
    1,050
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Civic
360 Great Deals out of 52,697 listings starting at $1,200
Used Ford Fiesta
104 Great Deals out of 17,341 listings starting at $2,911
Used Ford Mustang
256 Great Deals out of 36,837 listings starting at $2,500
Used Toyota Corolla
566 Great Deals out of 67,649 listings starting at $1,495
Used Ford Escape
971 Great Deals out of 109,446 listings starting at $1,000
Used Hyundai Elantra
463 Great Deals out of 49,226 listings starting at $495
Used Honda Accord
449 Great Deals out of 102,531 listings starting at $800
Used Toyota Camry
768 Great Deals out of 71,356 listings starting at $1,200
Used Volkswagen GTI
76 Great Deals out of 6,305 listings starting at $2,395
Used Chevrolet Malibu
461 Great Deals out of 50,170 listings starting at $2,111
Used Nissan Altima
714 Great Deals out of 69,652 listings starting at $950

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Ford Focus For Sale
51,507 listings starting at $10,799
2017 Ford Focus For Sale
72 Great Deals out of 5,757 listings starting at $8,900
2016 Ford Focus For Sale
102 Great Deals out of 4,924 listings starting at $6,488
2015 Ford Focus For Sale
52 Great Deals out of 2,991 listings starting at $5,995
2014 Ford Focus For Sale
75 Great Deals out of 4,617 listings starting at $4,477

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.