basics checked, but w124 fans still not working
I hope someone can help me with this problem on my '90 300CE with a 104 engine. Based on a few recent posts, I have done the following in an attempt to diagnose my electric fan problem:
1) jumped wires that connect to the temperature switch on top of the thermostat housing - fans didn't work
2) used multimeter to test for power at these same wires - no power
3) used mulitmeter to test for continuity between resistor posts - I had continuity (just to make sure I'm testing the right component, this thing is bolted to the frame right beside the a/c receiver/drier, right?)
4) checked fuse - looks fine, and the other components on that circuit work fine
5) cleaned ground for fan harness
6) jumped wires that connect to the switch at the receiver/drier - fans didn't work
7) tested for power at these wires - no power
O.K., so what am I missing? I looked for relays, but couldn't find any in the engine compartment. I read that there are two relays, one for the a/c switch and one for the coolant temperature switch, but I couldn't find either. Where should I look?
Secondly, why isn't there any power at any of these switches when the engine is running? Would this be caused by bad relays?
Third, the a/c IS low. I know people say this could prevent the fans from coming on, but even if it is low, shouldn't the fans run when I jump the switch at the r/d?
Lastly, are there any other components tied into the fan wiring circuit that would cause me problems (like a bad coolant level sensor or something strange like that)?
I don't know what to check next!
'84 300D, 174k
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