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Old 09-19-2014, 12:34 PM
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Strange W124 auxiliary fan problem, high speed constant

I'm working on a '94 E320 that has a strange aux fan issue.

Its an earlier car with the separate gauge sender and blue two pin fan sender. The aux fans come on at high speed as soon as the ignition is turned on.

The fans cut off when I remove fuse 7 or the single pole sender connection.

The car has a recently replaced engine wiring harness.

I replaced both the high speed and low speed relays and the blue two pin sender. The fans still run on high speed regardless.

Also the temp gauge does not work.

Thoughts? Bad ECU?

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Old 09-20-2014, 02:16 AM
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Probably a short somewhere. Trace the wires starting from the blue plug.

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Old 10-06-2014, 01:40 PM
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Check the blue plug on the temp sensor. If someone shorted it, then the fan will come on full speed when you switch on the ignition and the A/C compressor will not engage.

Remove the plug and check the resistance across the pins.
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Old 10-11-2014, 12:12 AM
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Is this an updated wiring harness or an old style "ECO JUNK" replacement?

Seems to me there is short in the wiring.
The temp gauge does not work either, something is pulling the signals to ground.
If I only could remember how this is supposed to work with the fans.
I think, I remember from the electrical diagram, that they don't go through the Computer.
They purely get switched by relay (I believe) that gets triggered by the engine coolant sender unit and / or by the AC pressure switch.
Also, I believe there is no HI or LO speed with them. There is only an ON or OFF. Unless the 94 had a single fan with two speeds.
If the Engine temperature is below 100C (I believe) then no AUX fan should run, without AC on, that is.
If the AC is on, the AC pressure switch is switching on one (SUB fan, again my memory is short) while driving and the temperature is going beyond 100-110C the other fan kicks in too (AC ON).
If they come on as soon as the ignition is on, then there is a short circuit, I bleieve there was something like a failsafe.
My best bet, your replacement harness is faulty.

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