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Old 07-01-2005, 03:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got a 97 318 5 speed and some time when I am at idle in traffic the car will overheat. The car will work fine if I am on the highway or driving. But give it about 3 minutes and it starts to overheat. Sometimes I can hear the fan working to cool it down when it is reaching the white bar. But the fan does not work all of the time.

The car has an electronic fan. Maybe I'm wrong, but I think that they did a fan delete or installed an electronic fan there. It was working fine the first 4 months that I had it but about 2 months ago the problem started. It's barely noticeable since I drive to work with no stoplights, so I barely have to stop. A coolant flush has been done and new thermostat installed so I am guessing this is an electronic issue. Then again I don't know. ghead
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If the fan works sometimes (we are talking about the auxiliary cooling fan mounted in front of the radiator), then you rproblem is very likely the switch. This is a temperature0sensing devidce mounted to your radiator on the right side of the radiator.
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Thanks DRZ. I was looking on the net and found out that it was very likely the switch. My car has 103.XXX miles on it, so that could be the culprit.
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