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

33,775

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 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
24,205

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

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • 2001 ford focus running hot 3 answers

    My car keeps running hot. I got a new thermostat, coolant reservoir, and a coolant flush a month ago. But the car keeps running hot, the temperature gauge never goes into the red though. But th...

    2001 Ford Focus LX

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Ford focus still running hot 1 answer

    I have a 2001 Ford focus I have replaced the thermostat housing and everything and it still runs hot? Any ideas? I have checked fan fuses and everything. I can start the car and let it run for a w...

    2001 Ford Focus ZX3

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • runing hot 2 answers

    my 2001 fordfous zt is rinning hot and no one knows why can u help

    2001 Ford Focus ZTS

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2008 ford focus running hot 5 answers

    I have a 2008 focus that is running hot. I can drive it for about 2 miles and it red lines the tempature gauge, when i get out and look at it my resiover is full and i set there about ten minutes and ...

    2008 Ford Focus SES

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • '98 ESCORT ZX2 COOLING FAN NOT WORKING 3 answers

    RECENTLY PURCHASED CAR - cooling fan was not working , I disconnected wire from sensor in block to keep fan running all the time to avoid overheating. Replaced switch and fan still does not operate, I...

    1998 Ford Escort 2 Dr ZX2 Hot Coupe

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Search Ford Focus Questions

Ford Focus Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,340
#2 dandyoun
dandyoun
Reputation 1,060
#3 Su'ad Barakat
Su'ad Barakat
Reputation 910
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Civic
634 Great Deals out of 88,620 listings starting at $995
Used Ford Fiesta
153 Great Deals out of 16,939 listings starting at $3,095
Used Ford Mustang
459 Great Deals out of 45,641 listings starting at $1,999
Used Toyota Corolla
771 Great Deals out of 73,085 listings starting at $1,260
Used Hyundai Elantra
567 Great Deals out of 52,031 listings starting at $1,499
Used Honda Accord
803 Great Deals out of 84,448 listings starting at $988
Used Ford Escape
1,398 Great Deals out of 93,890 listings starting at $900
Used Toyota Camry
1,000 Great Deals out of 90,532 listings starting at $650
Used Volkswagen GTI
72 Great Deals out of 6,873 listings starting at $1,995
Used Nissan Altima
1,006 Great Deals out of 81,095 listings starting at $1,200
Used Volkswagen Jetta
435 Great Deals out of 40,423 listings starting at $950

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Ford Focus For Sale
27,209 listings starting at $9,299
2016 Ford Focus For Sale
122 Great Deals out of 6,346 listings starting at $8,989
2015 Ford Focus For Sale
88 Great Deals out of 4,903 listings starting at $6,299
2014 Ford Focus For Sale
142 Great Deals out of 6,705 listings starting at $5,500
2013 Ford Focus For Sale
54 Great Deals out of 2,749 listings starting at $4,990

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.