If the coolant level is at normal/ full with a stone cold engine; If the car does not have overheat problem and the temperature gauge shown normal cooling indicator while driving or sitting at idle then that's the ideas of a normal operation.
Anyway, talking about the 2000 Escort cooling fan's operation: The engine cooling fan motor is controlled during vehicle operation by the Constant Control Relay Module (CCRM), the Powertrain Control Module (PCM), and the Engine Coolant Temperature (ECT) sensor.
The engine cooling fan motor operates under the following conditions:
Note: With the ignition key is in OFF position, the electric fan will never come on. So turn the key OFF prior working on the car.
1- When the engine coolant temperature reaches 105°C (221°F).
2- When the A/C is turned on.
So you see: A "Quick" check is to open the hood, start the car and turn the AC on. Is the fan motor run then everything is "Cool". Not a corrected way to diagnose but a "Quick" way and requires no tools.
If the fan won't run with the AC is on (I've doubted it happen): E mail me: Liverhuyen2003@Yahoo.com
I'll send you the diagnostic procedures including all illustrations, components testing and related wiring diagrams etc ...
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