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Old 01-21-2010, 07:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Overcooling problem

Alright folks.

Wats the name of that sensor that turns the cooling fan on? Cant for the life of me remember it or find it online. From what i hear it usually break in the off position and the car overheats. Mine has decided to be individual and break in the on position. Bloody cooling fan is on full whack the whole time. I'm thinkin its not too big of a job to replace?
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I believe it's a relay on the E36. It shouldn't be too difficult to replace it.
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does your car have an electic fan or is it the fan conected to the engine via water pump
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Alright folks.

Wats the name of that sensor that turns the cooling fan on? Cant for the life of me remember it or find it online. From what i hear it usually break in the off position and the car overheats. Mine has decided to be individual and break in the on position. Bloody cooling fan is on full whack the whole time. I'm thinkin its not too big of a job to replace?
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I'm having this same issue....just started today. Parked the car and turned it off, walked outside about 10 minutes later and the fan was running wide open. My "Check Coolant Light" has been coming on also but the car is not hot and the doesn't seem to be any leaks any where. Have you experienced this also or is the fan just running wide open?
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Old 02-27-2010, 08:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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if ur check coolant light is on mate try bleading your radiator.... mite just be a bit airlocked, also check ya have enough coolant in there!

e36 coolant systems feckin suck..... my toaster would do a better job at cooling my car....
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Welcome to the world of e36 cooling systems. It is teh suck.
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My fans low speed relay was stuck on "on". Haven't bled the radiator hoses yet.....but will do so soon. Hope it works. Thank guys!!
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