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Fan Relay

Question: I hope you can help me. I am having some trouble finding the relay to my radiator fan. It doesn't come on when the car is hot. I checked the fuse and it's ok. The Chilton schematic doesn't show the relay so I can't trace where it is. The closest I have come is a relay behind the front bumper in front of the drivers side headlight. Is this the one?

Answer: The fan relay is directly in front of the drivers side head lamp. '84 and '88 are different shapes and connections. Seldom does the relay go bad. It is usually the fan switch on the engine, except '87-88 4 cyl. These are turned on by the ECM. You can check by pushing either AC button on the dash (if you have AC). Even if your AC doesn't work, that should turn on the fan.

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