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Nov
26
comment Cooling fans not running
My problem wound up being caused by a new part that was a dud, but this is a great suggestion for diagnostics if someone else is having the same problem. The question is over 2 years old, and I no longer have this vehicle, but thanks for trying to help! Hope this helps a future home mechanic.
Nov
26
comment Cooling fans not running
Hi, thanks for the answer. In this particular case, the problem was that my new part was a dud. Your suggestion is definitely plausible, and a good thing to check when diagnosing this problem. I no longer have this vehicle (the question is 2 years old), but I hope this can help someone else in the future. Take care!
Nov
26
comment Cooling fans not running
Thanks for the answer -- however, this question is 2 years old, and I no longer have the car. Also, the problem was, as indicated in the accepted answer, simply a case of my new part being a dud. That said, I think this suggestion is helpful in the diagnostic process if someone else is having a similar problem, it is very possible that there's a bad electrical connection. Thanks again!
Oct
22
comment Cooling fans not running
@Brandon Yes, I believe so. I exchanged the temp sensor for a new one and installed it, and the cooling fans engaged. The overheating problem, however, was a larger issue -- we had coolant leaking into the cylinders (with little evidence other than constant need to refill) and I had to replace the lower intake manifold gasket. It is, apparently, common on this car. GM used a "plastic set" gasket, and the plastic warps then degrades over time. The replacement gasket is metal set. I did the work myself and I am a third-rate home tinkerer -- it wasn't hard with a repair manual.
Jan
9
comment 2000 Grand AM GT engine and electric cut out randomly while driving
I'm not complaining, and I think that anyone who does deserves to live their life in frustration for their lack of willingness to read a paragraph. They ought to be used to it by now.
Jan
9
comment Cooling fans not running
@MarkJohnson -- Thank you for pointing out this requirement. It was not the main problem, but armed with the knowledge that the bleeding is necessary saved me time later when I did the larger repair.
Jan
9
comment Cooling fans not running
The temp. sensor WAS bad, but there were also much larger problems with the car that I wound up having to repair along with a new sensor (lower intake manifold gasket). Thanks for the answer :D
Sep
30
comment Cooling fans not running
I'm a computer programmer, this car stuff is driven only by necessity/wifey. That link looks like a great resource, other than the computer scanner thing, I'll start at the top there. If the solution is on that chart, I'll be sure to accept this. Thanks again.
Sep
30
comment Cooling fans not running
...or I'll run some wires from the ignition switch to the fan relays and call it a day! hahah
Sep
30
comment Cooling fans not running
Thanks, I'll check out that link. The thing about the part being defective... I don't think that's the problem. When I disconnect the temp. sensor (the new part), the dash temp. gauge drops to zero. When I plug it in, it springs back to the proper temp. That leads me to believe the part in question is functioning, and the trouble is elsewhere. I guess nothing's impossible, though!