'98 ESCORT ZX2 COOLING FAN NOT WORKING

Asked by Apr 26, 2014 at 07:39 AM about the 1998 Ford Escort 2 Dr ZX2 Hot Coupe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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 removed switch from block and with wire connected I heated tip of switch w/ cig lighter and fan came on, then cooled it w/ wet rag and turned off, I did this couple of times and seemed to work properly.I put switch back in block and temp on gage went a little over 1/2 way but fan did not come on.I am going to flush radiator and replace thermostat but concerned fan will still not work

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you didn't give it time to trip,,. block rad air flow and watch gauge till fan on

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21,745

there are 2 sensors, que no? is there not one in the radiator itself?

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No. the PCM determines when to turn on the cooling fan via the ECT. It has to be nearly 3/4 of the way to hot. Does the fan come on when the AC is on? Ford recommends running the engine at 2500 - 3000 RPM for 3 minutes to thoroughly warm an engine. Since a vehicle rarely requires a cooling fan while in motion, the fan isn't designed to run constantly, is designed to pull a large quantity of air for a short period of time, and will cool the engine sufficiently once engaged.

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