Ford

Have Ford Questions? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Ford

1998 Taurus cooling fan not working. Only 92,000 miles w/

Customer Question
1998 Taurus cooling fan...

1998 Taurus cooling fan not working

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Taurus yourself? What have you tried so far?

Yes

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

Only 92,000 miles w/ new water pump, thermal switch for fan relays may be okay not sure

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Ford
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Ford Question
Answered in 5 minutes by:
7/1/2017
Ford Mechanic: K. Wiggins, ASE Certified Technician replied 7 months ago
K. Wiggins
K. Wiggins, ASE Certified Technician
Category: Ford
Satisfied Customers: 3,236
Experience: ASE Certified Technician, Associates Degree in Automotive Technology, 15+ years in the trade
Verified

Hello, what's the VIN?

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
1FAFP52U3WG271692
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
MAY I TRY ANOTHER TACH
Ford Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 7 months ago
Dan
Dan, Technician
Category: Ford
Satisfied Customers: 25,256
Experience: Independent Shop Experience, 2 Year Automotive Diploma, & Access to Information Database
Verified

Is check engine light on? Do you plan to do the work yourself? Thanks.

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
ENGINE LIGHT ON CUZ I UNPLUG THE WIRE TO THERMAL FAN SW. THE FAN RAN SO I CAN MAKE IT HOME I CAN RESET WITH MY OBD II . I AM A MOTOR MECH, THUS I REPLACED 2-NEW HEADS ON THE MOTOR, RUN VERY SMOOTH NOW BUT MAY OVERHEAT IF I DONT FIX FAN TURN ON.......
Ford Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 7 months ago

Is check engine light on with everything plugged in?

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Ford Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 7 months ago

Also, does it ever run hot while going down the highway?

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
OF COURSE CAUSE THE FAN NOT RUNNING, BUT TEMP GAGE NOT HIGHER THAN 1/3 SHOWING
Ford Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 7 months ago

It shouldn't run hot while going down the highway because road wind act's as the fan. If it overheats while going down the highway then you have other problems. Does it run hot while going down the highway? The temp gauge normally sits in the middle.

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
MY BELIEF IS IF YOU LET ANY CAR W/ EXTERNAL FANS NOT CLUCH, IDLE FOR A WHILE THE FAN SHOULD RUN....AS A REMINDER TUARES HAS A SMALL FRONT OPENING THUS NOT MUCH AIR FLOW AS MOST OTHER CARS...YES IT STILL GETS HOT EVEN AT 70 MPH ON HIGHWAY...W/ FAN NO GO
Ford Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 7 months ago

Does temp gauge go past the half way mark going 70 down highway?

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Ford Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 7 months ago

Have you replaced thermostat?

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
REPLACED THERMOSTAT, GAUGE NOT NEAR 1/2, AT ALL BUT IF TEMP SENSOR NOT REGISTERING RIGHT, IT MAY NOT TRIGER PCM COMMAND !!!!! TO FAN......
Ford Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 7 months ago

The fan only comes on when needed, if gauge isn't going to the middle then fan probably just isn't needed. Is vehicle spitting up coolant? If it was overheating it would be.

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
UNLESS FAN IS RUNNING, HIGHWAY OR IDLING RADIATOR IS ALSO NEW LESS THAN 6- MONTHS, MILEAGE ONLY 92,000 MILES
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 7 months ago
David Craig
David Craig, Auto Mechanic
Category: Ford
Satisfied Customers: 4,747
Experience: owner/mechanic at 3D Automotive
Verified

Hi Im David, lets get away from all of this when you think it should be running. I dont care if you are going down the highway or not the fan will not come on until it gets a bit over mid gauge.

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 7 months ago

i dont care if it sits there and idles for 3 hours, its not going to come on til it needs to

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 7 months ago

So what exactly is your main concern? is it overheating is the temp gauge matching a digital temp reading at the thermostat housing or the temp sensor? is the computer seeing the same temp as the gauge?

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 7 months ago

are you there?

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
i don't know if computer reading right with temp sense but it overflows at reservoir and causing heat up at engine but dash gauge stays at 1/3 .....indication
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 7 months ago

ok, replace the coolant temp sensor for starters.

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 7 months ago

when the engine is at operating temp, are both radiator hoses equally hot?

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 7 months ago

also, once the engine is at operating temp and you shut it off, when you remove the cap, is the system under pressure?

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I know about that check......I am a motor back yard mech thanks but not ford cooling system
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
by the way yes the cap is at pressure
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 7 months ago

so you have checked those 2 things?

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 7 months ago

how about the hoses?

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
hoses no fray or ware, the car has 92.000 miles only I installed 2-new heads, water pump, thermostat,thermal fan sw.....the motor runs like new after my repair, but the prob is fan does not run period in less I rig the supply to fan elect.........!!!!!!
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 7 months ago

ok. then lets work on that, but in noway should the coolant be boiling out of the reservoir, fan working or not.

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
okay......I am running out of options to think about this ....may it's electrical to relay commands.....i'm asking.......
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 7 months ago

do you have a volt meter?

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
by the way...when I j-rid fan it does not over boil at reservoir ever ....runs normal freeway or local
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I am into electronics with a FLUKE METER..
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 7 months ago

understood. but theres still an issue with it overheating.

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 7 months ago

ok, let me look at the print for a minute and we'll start checking things

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
THANKS MUCH
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
ALL HIGH LOW FAN FUSES CHECK GOOD
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 7 months ago

ok

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 7 months ago

pull the low speed fan relay.

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
OK JUST GIVE RUNDOWN CUZ I CANT RUN TO CAR BACK AND FORTH IF POSSIBLE I WILL WRITE DOWN
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 7 months ago

ok. hang on

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 7 months ago

thanks for your patience

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 7 months ago

pull the low speed relay out. make sure you have 12vdc at position 30 of the relay plug. doesnt matter if the key is on or off. then pull the high speed relay and check for 12vdc on position 87 of that relay plug. if those voltages are there, then put a jumper in the low speed relay plug from 30 to 87, key on and see if the fan runs on low speed.

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
OKAY MAKES SENSE BUT IF ALL FAILS REPLACE RELAYS OR NOT...GENERAL QUESTIONS
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 7 months ago

no. relays dont go bad as much as people think

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 7 months ago

once you get those checks done. we can do more.

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 7 months ago

hows it going?

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 7 months ago

any progress?

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 7 months ago

were you ever able to get anything figured out?

Ask Your Own Ford Question
Was this answer helpful?
Ask Ron Your Own Question
Ron
Ron
Ron, ASE Certified Technician
Category: Ford
Satisfied Customers: 24,320
24,320 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 23 years with Ford specializing in drivability and electrical and AC. Ford certs and ASE Certs

Ron is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

AlvinC answered a question about my Ford truck that only someone with an in-depth knowledge of his subject would have known what was going on.

Rich DUSA

Because of your expertise, you armed me with enough ammunition to win the battle with the dealer. They are installing a fuel filter and fuel pump at no charge to me.

MollyUSA

I needed help with my car on Saturday morning....got a response in 5 minutes, and it was the perfect solution. Thanks again to your service.

Jason V.Kirkland, WA

I do know, after going though this with JustAnswer, that I can somewhat trust my mechanic but I will always contact you prior to going there.

BRNew Jersey

I would (and have) recommend your site to others I was quite satisfied with the quality of the information received, the professional with whom I interacted, and the quick response time. Thanks, and be sure that I'll be back whenever I need a question answered in a hurry.

Stephanie PElm City, NC

used your service this weekend with "Trecers" help. thank you ,thank you, thank you. replaced an A/C fan motor. Local Auto Zone had part. $15.00 "tracer" fee and $40.00 for parts, I saved several hundreds of dollers at a shop. i will recommend you and use you in the future.

David L.Richmond, TX

9 dollars, 2 hours of my time, and I drove away. Your diagnosis was right on the mark. Thank you so much.

PhilMarysville, CA

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Ron

Ron

ASE Certified Technician

24,320 satisfied customers

23 years with Ford specializing in drivability and electrical and AC. Ford certs and ASE Certs

Chris (aka- Moose)

Chris (aka- Moose)

Technician

28,139 satisfied customers

16 years experience

John Mc

John Mc

Ford Technician

5,495 satisfied customers

19 years Ford Lincoln Mercury experience

Chuck

Chuck

ASE Certified Technician

1,685 satisfied customers

33 Years Experience,Ford Senior Master,ASE Master,L1 Advanced Engine Performance

Cam

Cam

Journeyman Automotive Technician

10 satisfied customers

GM Grand Master Technician 2007. 14 years Automotive experience.

Richard

Richard

ASE Certified Technician

1,524 satisfied customers

12 years at a Ford Lincoln/Mercury and Jaguar dealer as a technician and shop foreman.

Mike V.

Mike V.

Auto Service Technician

1,380 satisfied customers

25 years experience on all makes and models, Licensed NYS Inspector.

< Previous | Next >

Related Ford Questions
I have a coolant leak near the water pump. not sure if it is
i have a coolant leak near the water pump. not sure if it is a bad water pump or if the front cover is junk. Any suggestions on how to determine the cause? … read more
Steve W
Steve W
Line Technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
1,968 satisfied customers
2004 ford taurus wont turn over with key on the starter
2004 ford taurus wont turn over with key on the starter cranks but wont start … read more
AMEDEE
AMEDEE
AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIAN
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
9,105 satisfied customers
I replaced my thermostat, thermostat housing, both sensors
I replaced my thermostat, thermostat housing, both sensors and hoses along with water pump. Original defect was a coolant leak but now when I start it up the gauge shows normal temp in about two minut… read more
Mechanic01
Mechanic01
2,019 satisfied customers
Trying to replace the water pump on my 2011 F150 with
Trying to replace the water pump on my 2011 F150 with Ecoboost 3.5l engine. Not finding any video or manuals to help. … read more
Mike V.
Mike V.
Auto Service Technician
High School or GED
1,380 satisfied customers
Have 2004 Ford Focus 2.3 changed water pump and thermostat.
Have 2004 Ford Focus 2.3 changed water pump and thermostat . Now believe I have air trapped in coolant system causeing it to over heat ! How do I purge air from system ? Is there a bleeder valve ? … read more
David Craig
David Craig
Auto Mechanic
4,747 satisfied customers
We have a 2013 Ford Escape that we just changed a water pump
Hey There- We have a 2013 Ford Escape that we just changed a water pump in. We are trying to get coolant in it. Instructions we have tells us to open the bleed valve on heater core inlet hose. We can'… read more
Michael
Michael
Automotive Technician
High School or GED
257 satisfied customers
2001 ford Taurus no heat, changed thermostat and barely
2001 ford Taurus no heat, changed thermostat and barely warm, temp guage fluctuates as you drive, overflow tank barely warm after driving.… read more
HDGENE
HDGENE
Master Technician/Lead Technician
Associate Degree
2,835 satisfied customers
94 Taurus, behaves like starter relay defective. Battery
94 Taurus, behaves like starter relay defective. Battery load tested good yesterday, charging system good, headlights do not dim when i turn the key, but no click either. Problem cropped up once yeste… read more
Chris (aka- Moose)
Chris (aka- Moose)
Technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
28,139 satisfied customers
97 Taurus leaking coolant in front of passenger tire while
97 Taurus leaking coolant in front of passenger tire while sitting parked. Suspect lower radiator hose. … read more
Edward Clayton
Edward Clayton
Associate Degree
1,033 satisfied customers
08 Taurus with no heat on passenger side. Coolant level good
Yes.Coolant level good and I'm a very experianced shade tree mechanic. Heat good on driver side . Replaced the actuator that is behind the glove box(It had been thumping and upon examination of actuator internals there was a stripped gear. … read more
David Craig
David Craig
Auto Mechanic
4,747 satisfied customers
Steel hose from thermostat housing to motor in 99 taurus is
steel hose from thermostat housing to motor in 99 taurus is rusted i need the name of this part,and … read more
Chris (aka- Moose)
Chris (aka- Moose)
Technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
28,139 satisfied customers
Confused on whether water pump or thermostat. 2013 Ford F150
Hello. Confused on whether water pump or thermostat. 2013 Ford F150 5.0. A couple days ago, noticed low on coolant, not noticing any leaks. Been adding coolant, now I noticed dripping only when vehicl… read more
roy
roy
Associate Degree
3 satisfied customers
Changed thermostat and still get no heat. Coolant is down a
Changed thermostat and still get no heat JA: Have you checked to make sure the thermostat is working? What about the coolant level? Customer: Coolant is down a little JA: What is the model/year of you… read more
Pete
Pete
Independent Auto Technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
138 satisfied customers
The coolant line from the thermostat to the reservoir broke
The coolant line from the thermostat to the reservoir broke ant the T connection. I have it apart but need to know the easiest way to get the new line around behind the engine and the torque specs for… read more
Dan
Dan
Dealership Technician
Associate Degree
1,865 satisfied customers
5.4 f250 internal coolant loss???????? Mileage fine 165000.
I may fix if anything other than head just pressure checked so far no externalleaks at all … read more
kalamykid
kalamykid
Pactor automotive
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
97 satisfied customers
I have a ford Taurus it's get hot change the water pump
I have a ford Taurus it's get hot change the water pump change the belt change the everything in it why is it getting hot … read more
tim37857
tim37857
Mechanic
High School or GED
71 satisfied customers
I have a 1999 taurus that has no heat. New thermostat, new
I have a 1999 taurus that has no heat. New thermostat, new water pump, replaced acturater to blend door still no heat. Is there something else we need to check? My husband is having a fit because he c… read more
davehop
davehop
Diagnostic Technician
Ford Master Certified Technician
1,171 satisfied customers
Overheating has new thermostat no leaks, Coolant is full and
A local mechanic where I got the truck from has been looking at it and he changed the thermostat … read more
David Craig
David Craig
Auto Mechanic
4,747 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x