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2001 Dodge Caravan: se..radiator fans..them to be grounded to frame

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2001 Dodge Caravan 3.3 se My radiator fans will not turn on. I found that a bunch of wires had rubbed through on the frame, causing them to be grounded to frame. I discovered this because my headlight went out - do to the wire insulation being rubbed through. One of the wires going to the fan relay (module?) on bumper was rubbed through as well. I fixed wire - fan would not turn on. I replaced fan relay (module?) on bumper and the fan still would not come on. Anything else I should check? Faulty PCM? THanks!!!
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  Instructor jp replied 8 years ago.



would a wiring diagram help you?

Do you have a voltmeter and can you use one?



Customer: replied 8 years ago.
A wiring diagram may help. I have a multimeter and I am familiar with how to use it. I have probe and alligator clips. Did I mention that I bought a new fan speed relay (module? solid state speed control?) and tried it? It did not work at all. Same symptoms.
Expert:  Instructor jp replied 8 years ago.

Ok sorry for the late reply. Sort of called it an evening.



Here is a diagram and I will help you through diagnosis to see if you can locate the failure.

It is easier to test this circuit from the fan relay module. Key on (not necessary) look for power and grounds to be intact. Then jump pins #1 and #2 together the fan should run.


Let me know how you do





Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Thank you for the help.
I will not be able to look at my van till tuesday.
As soon as I can I will follow your advice and hopefully come to some sort of a conclusion.

I look forward to paying for good advice!!
Expert:  Instructor jp replied 8 years ago.
very good let me know
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
I found the wire that was causing the trouble!

The 4th wire from the speed control unit has snapped in half where it wrapped around the frame.

Thank you for your help.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
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