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yes both fans should be running when the a/c is switched on
the condenser fan is probably the one that is not working. you can check for power and ground right at the fan. if you have both then the fan is faulty.
if you wish to do the job yourself i can send you a link on the steps neede to replace the fan.
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I can turn the non-spinning fan manually, meaning that it's not physically jammed up. I'd rather not do this job myself, but would probably think that the link you mentioned is helpful. I just want to know the likely cause(s) for this problem so that when I take it to a local shop (not an Acura dealership), I will at least know enough to not get ripped off.
I'd also like to know which fan stayed on that one time after I shut off the car...
I've not yet received a response to my follow up questions...
the fan could still be faulty even though you can spin it manually. you will need to check for power and ground at the fan connector which is located on top of the fan. if you have power and ground then the fan is faulty.
the fan running after you turn off the key is probably the radiator fan and this is a normal operation
if you are standing in front of the car which fan is running? driver's side or passenger's side?
Driver's side fan is the only one of the two fans that spins when I have the car parked and running with the A/C on
the link i would send you would only be to replace the fan if you wanted to do that and you have stated you do not want to do that
that is the radiator fan so the a/c condenser fan is not coming on
So just to be clear (since I've already read a lot online)... The condenser fan should always be on when the A/C is on, correct?
yes it should and it will come on also to help the radiator fan in high temp conditions
So it makes sense that the fact the condenser fan is not turning on: A) is responsible for the car beginning to overheat when driving in slow stop&go traffic with the A/C on and B) does not result in an overheating car when I drive normally in city traffic with the A/C on... correct?
yes it makes perfect sense.
Great. So it sounds like it could be as simple as a bad Condenser Fan fuse, or a need for a new condenser fan. Approximate cost for either to be done in a shop please?
let me look it up please hold on
the fan motor is approximately $210 for the part and 1 hour shop labor to replace it. if it is a fuse then you would probably have to pay some diagnostic time which most shops start at 1 hour labor shop time