Radiator fan dies

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  1. MiniiMike

    MiniiMike New Member

    Mar 15, 2011
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    I have an R53 and I changed my fan about 6 months ago and it completly died again, I am tired of the same problem because these fans are just not cheap at all. I used to drive a honda and I fixed it with a universal fan lol I know its a crazy idea but what do you guy suggest? Thanks for the help
     
  2. Norm03s

    Norm03s New Member

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    Dead, doesn't run at all?
    MINI, year, model?
     
  3. MiniiMike

    MiniiMike New Member

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    yeah it completely not running at all, i had bought an extra one and i hoping it doesnt do the same. do you now why this could be happening?

    FYI> i checked the fuse and the sensors and they all are working perfectly fine.
     
  4. quikmni

    quikmni Moderator

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    Again, what year?
    Since the fan usually does not run, how are you testing to verify that it does not run at all?
     
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    THE ITCH New Member

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    I do not know what year you have but their are two different wiring configurations. I think the year that they changed was around '04 and newer.
    The newer models have a three wire plug just to the right of the radiator(drivers side). To test your fan, and or to see if the low speed resistor is bad you could do a simple test. Disconnect the wiring harness plug and inside the plug leading to the fan you will have three prongs if it is the newer model. Brown is the ground wire, red/blue is high speed, red/green is low speed.
    Take a couple of leads and run one from the brown prong to a bolt on the frame (ground). Then take another lead and connect it to your 12V jumper box next to the air filter. If you then connect the other end to the red/blue prong you should hear your high speed fan run. Then try the red/green (low speed fan)prong. If the high speed works you know the fan is ok. If the low speed does not work then you know the resistor is bad. Their is a good thread on NAM for a work around. Just do a search for "low speed fan resistor" it is about 29 pages. The fix is a new resistor for about $15.
    Steve
     
  6. phydeaux

    phydeaux New Member

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    I just chucked a bad fan that I replaced earlier this summer. The fix took only about 2 hours total to replace the fan assembly. And the cost to replace was a lot less than the retail prices I had seen.

    Maybe I should pull that assembly out of the can, and look into that resistor fix.
     
  7. werD

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    Yes. Yes you should...

    I keep meaning to grab a "dead" one from the dealer to rebuild so I can have a free spare on hand. Should be a pretty easy fix. There is a thread on NAM (or maybe here) about the part/repair process.
     
  8. ScottinBend

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    OK.....first thing I thought of when I read the subject was some poor slob dies after loving on his radiator.........
     

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