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Old 06-08-2016, 10:17 PM   #1
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Hello all so over the last few months its been getting warmer and now with the increased heat my 1996 SW2 is overheating and coolant comes pouring out on he passenger side. I Asked my dad about it and he thinks i need a coolant fan switch/sensor. The only thing is i can't find that anywhere. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 06-08-2016, 10:47 PM   #2
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Just about any parts store should have the ECTS in stock for $10-$15.

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Old 06-08-2016, 10:51 PM   #3
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The first thing I would check is to see whether or not your coolant reservoir cap is up to the challenge of a fully pressurized system. If the coolant cap does not allow the cooling system to pressurize properly than the coolant has a much lower boiling point and will make a big mess when it boils over. The cap may look good even if it is not and this is probably the most likely part to fail with the symptoms you described. A new cap should only cost you $5 at the regular auto stores. The coolant fan is triggered through the PCM by the ECTS reading. If you have not replaced the resin ECTS with a brass one that is also something that you should make sure to do.

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Old 06-09-2016, 02:58 PM   #4
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^ ^ ^ Yeah, you want to be sure of what the problem is before you start buying parts. Could be a $5 cap, could be the ECTS, could be a dead water pump.

Does it overheat when you are going down the road, or only when you are stopped/driving slowly? Does the engine fan turn on?

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^ ^ ^ Yeah, you want to be sure of what the problem is before you start buying parts. Could be a $5 cap, could be the ECTS, could be a dead water pump.

Does it overheat when you are going down the road, or only when you are stopped/driving slowly? Does the engine fan turn on?
The fan doesn't turn on. I've monitored it with a scan tool and the temp reads to ~200 degrees and it boils over at that point. It overheats at a stand still

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Old 06-09-2016, 08:14 PM   #6
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Definitely sounds like a bad coolant reservoir cap to me if it is boiling over at that temperature. The fan should not come on until you are around 220F or so. If you want to make sure the fan works just jump it or turn on the A/C.

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