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dead radiator fan in Coupe Quattro
Spent part of my vacation under the hood of my coupe q after the car started
overheating last week. Had to drive with the heat on "HI" with temps around 95
F and 90% humidity. Nice!
Got the car home, put the AC on, sure enough the temp started going up. Noticed
that the radiator fan wouldn't come on. Got out the Bentley, and checked all
the fuses. Pulled out the radiator expansion tank, moved the charcoal canister
and the hydraulic (pentosin resevoir). Didn't have the right tool to remove the
spring "e-clip" attaching the fan to the motor, so I had to remove the motor
mount bolts and move the motor/fan about in the shround while gingerly working
around the ABS lines. Finally got it out. Found that the ground (brown) lead
on the three-lead connector had shorted!
Needless to say the connector was junk. After cleaning the slightly browned
male connectors on the fan, tested it with an in-line fuse on the battery. It
worked! Cut back the harness about 4 inches, butt-spliced and shrink sleeved in
3 -8 inch lengths of 12 gauge stranded wire. Replaced the connector with three
female spade connectors, ensured the connection with solder, and shrink-sleeved
the connectors to the end (Insurance against future shorting) Used the old
connector rubber boot to recover the new/old connectors. Put the car back
together. Got the car "blessed" by my mechanic the next day.
Question: Has anyone ever had a GROUND wire short out???? I didn't think this
was possible. The fan didn't work because the melted connector created an open,
and therefore incomplete electrical path.
Sorry for the long message, but maybe it will save a fellow Audi owner some
large $$$ better spent elsewhere than the shop.
Like on more tools!!!
1990 Coupe Q with a working radiator fan!