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Old 09-14-2005, 01:21 PM   #41
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Hey guys-- silly girl question.

Would a broken ECTS Sensor cause my fan to not turn and, in turn causing my poor lil saturn to overheat when idling/in slow traffic???

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Old 09-14-2005, 01:38 PM   #42
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If the ECTS is not working properly, the fan will not turn on. Also, fans go bad. Also, it may be good to check for a blown fuse, at least that is what I would do. No fan will cause overheating problems at idle/in slow traffic. If you turn the AC on, the fan should turn on. If it is coming on with AC, the fan and the fuse are probably good. ECTS may be the culprit. That is my understanding. I am a silly Social Worker. The experts here can direct you better.

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Old 10-02-2005, 01:44 AM   #43
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Thanks for all of the information, everyone. I changed the engine coolant temperature sensor myself with the jacking-up-the-driver-side procedure. I have a 1999 Saturn SL1 with slightly under 30,000 miles on it. The removed temperature sensor did not seem to have any cracks in it, but it is good preventive maintenance, as wolfman or someone else wrote.

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Old 10-02-2005, 01:51 AM   #44
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I would also like to add that I found it hard to remove the air intake on my SL1 because of that narrow tube that branches off the middle of the main air intake. So what I did instead was remove the battery as someone else suggested.

If I had to do the procedure again, I would place a towel or rag under the ECTS to catch the half a cupful or so of coolant that leaks out as someone else photographed.

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