I really am dreading taking my car to a service place and dropping $100-500 to fix a problem that could just be a bad fuse. So, if anybody knows anything about cars and might have a suggestion, I would greatly appreciate it.
Car: 2002 chevy cavalier.
A few weeks back, my wife returned home from work. Upon turning the car off, she noticed the cooling fan under the hood did not shut off. I went out to inspect. The engine temp was normal, so I was puzzled as to why the fan didn't turn off. I let it run for a while, but after about 30 mins, I went out, popped the hood and pulled the Electrical Cooling Fan fuse. This cut the fan off. I put the fuse back in.
About a week later, the same thing occurred, and was fixed in an identical fashion. We've gone about 5 weeks now w/ no problems until a few days back.
A new problem occurred (but I think is related) in which the RPM will jump from around 500 to 1000 if the car remains idol for a period of time. For instances, waiting in a Fast food line will cause the cars RPM to jump back and forth from the normal 500 up to 1000. I thought maybe this was bad gas, but now I think it's related the the earlier problem.
Yesterday, we were returning home from visiting in-laws (about 200 mile trip). About half way home, we hit stop and go traffic for about an hour, due to an accident. After a few minutes of being stopped, the car began to jump in RPM from 500 to 1000. After about 10 minutes though, it stopped. However, the temperature gauge now moved from the middle reading (about 195) up toward the higher end (around 230, the red zone being about 260).
I noticed that whenever we sped up, the temperature would drop back to normal, but when we had to stop again, the temperature would rise again. I'm not an expert with cars, but my assumption was that the electrical fan was not working.
I popped the hood when I got home and checked, but the fan was running. Now I don't know what to think. I think I have a bad fuse for the fan, which would only cost a few bucks to replace. However, I think my only option is to take it to a shop and pay to have a mechanical diagnose the problem, and then pay again to have it fixed. Could cost anywhere from $100 to $500 if the fan itself is somehow broken.
Last edited by the izzy on Wed Apr 22, 2009 12:57 pm, edited 1 time in total.