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Old 12-29-02, 10:28 AM
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WHEN I TURN OFF MY CAR THE FAN STILL RUNS, HOW CAN I FIX IT MYSELF (I CAN'T KEEP DISCONECTING THE BATTERY EVERYWHERE I GO) CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME.

THE VEHICLE: 1997 FORD ESCORT WAGON
 
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Old 12-29-02, 10:33 AM
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Kill the caps, no need to shout.

It is a normal occurence for the fan to run when the engine is shut off. This aids in cooling the car down. Unless it runs continually (all the time) to the point where it drains the battery, it is not a concern.

If it is draining the battery, it could be a stuck cooling fan relay, switch or module. You'd have to get a system schematic and see where the draw/drain is.
 
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Old 12-29-02, 12:05 PM
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Thanks, Joe_F "AKA Joe Cool" - If I'm ever in New York I'll try to look you up.
I was really concerned since the car has never done this before, and it's cold here today in Peterborough, Ontario.

I didn't mean to yell, just frustrated with the car.
 
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Old 12-29-02, 12:36 PM
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Have a look at autolibrary.org in my signature file below.
 
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Old 12-29-02, 03:12 PM
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Any chance that you overheated the car? I'm in Ottawa and with temperatures like we've had, that cooling fan shouldn't stay on after you've shut off the car unless you've been running it very hard or very hot. What does your temp guage say and what is your coolant level?
 
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Old 12-29-02, 06:10 PM
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Thanks for the response Ottawa.

The car temperature is within normal range, the coolant level is fine.

I didn't run the car hard I never do. I warmed it up for 2-4 minutes drove to the park, shut off the car went for a walk for 1 hour then returned home, when I turned off the car I heard a fan running, I thought it was the neighbor's car or something, but low and behold, I opened the hood and it was my car.

I maintain the vehicle well, regular oil changes and tuneups.

On the colder days I always warm up the vehicle, and I never let the gas go below 1/4 tank.

The vehicle has never had this type of problem in the past
 
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Old 12-29-02, 07:45 PM
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If the fan keeps running (for an extended period of time) after engine is shut off, I would suggest you check out the items on Joe_F's list. Let us know the outcome.
 
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Old 12-29-02, 07:48 PM
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PurpleLady, your IRCM is probably going out. Like Joe said a problem with a relay. This Integrated Relay Control Module houses 4 relays and one is for the cooling fan. Try going to this link and click on "Cooling" and then on the next screen click on the top box/hyperlink and it will give you a Service Bulletin issued by Ford on this problem.
http://www.cybrrpartspro.com/cgi-win...s_Chiltons.exe
 
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Old 12-30-02, 05:05 AM
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AUTO REPAIR-

Thank you, Stevo2 - Colorado

The link wouldn't work, but i'll try it later.

I really appreciate everyone's help with this problem, I'll make sure I pay it forward.
 
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