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Access to Radiator Fans

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Hello Everyone,

I'm not sure if I'm looking at this incorrectly or not, but is there a quicker way to access the radiator fans and it's components other than taking off the bumper or wheel wells? I know removing the fans would require taking off the bumper, etc. but just simply getting access to the ballast resistor, etc.

Also, how noticeable are the fan speeds to one another. I'm in the same boat as owners who have seen the temp gauge creep past the "0" on the 180 at stop and go traffic. The fuses are OK, but I need to verify the relays are OK. I turned on the AC and had the fan blow and assumed this was the "high" speed....I can really feel the air flow. And I saw Loren mention that the fans run at high speed with the AC on, but noticed on the following post:


the fans don't come on high speed just because the AC is on. Who's right?? Or am I misinterpreting the info? Also, how much air should I expect to move at "low" speed.

Thanks for any advice!

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Fan speeds and switch on tests are covered here.

I can get to the ballast on my car without removing anything - from the bottom.


Thanks Loren! Much appreciated!

The info on Renntech is really right on, but this particular subject has confused me a bit because I see some conflicting posts. Some people say high speed doesn't come on with AC, others say it does and stage 1 is low speed and stage 2 is high speed, but AC comes on stage 1....not sure who's right. Whatever the case, I'm starting to feel more and more that the ballast is kaput, but wanted to confirm w/ every check I can (without having the ability to verify the electrical conductance), before moving to getting the part or bringing to the shop.

Thanks again!

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