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Old 04-25-2022, 03:22 AM
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Fan not starting

Fan usually kicks on after a min or so after engine starts.
Switched it with a known running fan and that fan didn't respond too.
Could it be one of the thermostats?
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Can you be more specific and give more information? Are you referring to the engine fan? And also, are you saying that normally after starting your car from, say a cold start, the fan will come on?

This would not be normal behavior--unless you are running the A/C. You can test the fan very easily if you were to use a capable scanner with INPA.
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Can you be more specific and give more information? Are you referring to the engine fan? And also, are you saying that normally after starting your car from, say a cold start, the fan will come on?


This would not be normal behavior--unless you are running the A/C. You can test the fan very easily if you were to use a capable scanner with INPA.
I don't have inpa.The fan is ment to engage when the car is at stop or idel.
I'm having troubles (unit will not power on) with the engine fan. Code 279D comes up now. How do i initiate the fan for cooling the radiator so that i can avoid over heating the m54 with 216k miles .
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Check the wiring. I wouldn't just start throwing parts at it.

Also, I would suggest getting INPA. The adapter cable is cheap and can help assist many T/S steps along the way.
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I don't have inpa.The fan is ment to engage when the car is at stop or idel.
I'm having troubles (unit will not power on) with the engine fan. Code 279D comes up now. How do i initiate the fan for cooling the radiator so that i can avoid over heating the m54 with 216k miles .
Thanks for your help...
I'm simply buying a fan from Amazon...from what I researched this is a common internal problem (second stage unit) not meant to be repaired.
I did go to a electrical unit repair shop...guy says there's nothing that can be done.
The code 279D, points to the second stage unit burning out ?
It's not something that's sold.
However, in my research this unit is also on Volvo cars and Ford cars...i stopped my efforts at that point.
So i now have 3 good looking fans but faulty with the internal second stage unit going kaput...when i have the time i may investigate repairs if possible.

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Electric Fan Failure Symptoms of a failing unit

The symptoms described below could be caused by other issues not related to the electric fan. However

the items noted have been documented as occurring when a fan assembly unit has caused the

condition. Not all symptoms may appear. The nature of the fan control module and the relationship to

the DME and IHKA may cause the fan to operate at certain times and not at others.

Creeping temperature needle at idle or slow speed

The temperature needle begins to climb upward toward the red and may continue to a critical point

if the car does not increase speed (increasing moving air). This is caused by a hot engine unable to

cool from a lack of moving air. The fan may not be spinning at certain request levels or may not be

spinning at all.

AC working intermittently

The DME monitors the activities of the engine coolant temperature and has the ability to override

IHKA requests. If the DME senses that the engine coolant temperature is too high it will shut off the

AC compressor in cycles to lower the overall temperatures. This is described in detail in Chapter 2 -

How the Electric Fan Operates Compressor Shut Off Signal.

ET explodes or cracks

Exploding ETs are not uncommon for the e46. However the cause is not always immediately known.

Overfilled expansion tanks are the number one cause of exploding ETs. Aging plastic also

contributes to the ultimate failure however the increased pressure by overheated coolant is often

the precipitator for the ET to burst open or crack causing immediate critical overheat potential. The

failure of the electric fan to reduce coolant temperatures may be an underlying condition or primary

cause.

Overnight battery failure

For many years owners have reported the Electric Fan as the root cause of significant battery drains

(and ultimate battery replacement) on e46s. In one case the fan was witnessed to be spinning hours

after the vehicle had been shut down. In another the fan was not spinning but the fan control

module was consuming current and heating up. Typically this drain is not parasitic, inferring a small

continual discharge. The circuit for the electric fan is though the 50 amp Fuse #37 in the glovebox.

This drain by the aux fan can take a fully charged battery to dead in a few hours. More info relating

to this type of issue can be found here:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1042486 and

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1080952
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