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Old 04-20-2013, 10:29 AM
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'89 300 SE, Aux fan always on high

I have done a search and have swapped out the high speed fan relay and replaced the thermo switch to the fan. Fan is still always on high speed.....as soon as I hit the key switch its on. What else could this be? THANKS GUYS!!
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Old 04-20-2013, 10:40 AM
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I don't think an 89 should have a thermo switch, it has a temp sensor. If your switch is connecting the two pins together normally it will make the ACC control unit think the engine is overheating and run the fans on high. It will also turn off the AC compressor clutch.

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Old 04-20-2013, 10:43 AM
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I don't think an 89 should have a thermo switch, it has a temp sensor. If your switch is connecting the two pins together normally it will make the ACC control unit think the engine is overheating and run the fans on high. It will also turn off the AC compressor clutch.

-J
Ok, it may not be a switch....it could be a sensor. It screws into the head up by the injectors. It has a blue head with 2 connectors. Thought for sure this was it, but no.

So what switch would cause this? Where is it located? My AC compressor wont turn on so thats why I'm starting with the fan.
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What's the part number on it. IIRC the one on my car (which uses the same system) is blue. The reference photos in the factory service manual are kind of hard to make out.

Do you have a multi meter?

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2013 Fiat 500E. 20,000 miles, 80 miles at a time.
2012 Passat TDI. 95,000 miles. More space, power, and fuel economy than the Benz
2004 Touareg V10 TDI. 150,000 miles. One of 450.
1999 Jetta TDI. 310,000 miles.
1992 Jetta ECOdiesel. 156,000 miles. 1 of 48. Sold.
1991 Jetta ECOdiesel. 430,000 miles. 1 of 700. Sold to VeeDubTDI, totaled in front of our house
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:11 AM
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What's the part number on it. IIRC the one on my car (which uses the same system) is blue. The reference photos in the factory service manual are kind of hard to make out.

Do you have a multi meter?

-J

The original Mercedes part # looks like 008 5424517

replacement I got from Pelican Parts. It is a Behr with the same part #

I do have a multi meter
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:50 AM
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OK that sensor looks like the right one.

If you unplug the sensor plug and turn on the ignition does the fan come on high speed? I'm wondering if there's a short in the wiring someplace between the sensor and the climate control head.

-J
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OK that sensor looks like the right one.

If you unplug the sensor plug and turn on the ignition does the fan come on high speed? I'm wondering if there's a short in the wiring someplace between the sensor and the climate control head.

-J
yes sir, the fan stays on with sensor unplugged
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