1996 Legacy GT cooling fans running constantly

Discussion in 'Subaru Legacy' started by Lenny, Dec 1, 2006.

  1. Lenny

    Lenny Guest

    Was wondering if anybody has had the following problem?

    Jumped into car to go to work this morning, spun over as usual but no
    firing; CEL on and cooling fans both running.

    Guessing that it was a temperature sensor giving info that engine was warm,
    spun over again and struggled to get to start with a very low tick-over. I
    then very gently tweaked the accelerator pedal to get revs up and let engine
    warm for several minutes. Once warm, car ran as normal although CEL and fans
    stayed on.

    Would appreciate any remedial suggestions to similar experience.

    Lenny, Dec 1, 2006
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  2. Lenny

    Remco Guest

    A couple of years ago I had the same problem with the Impreza - it was
    really hard to start but would run fine. I replaced the thermosensor to
    fix the problem.

    If you replace the sensor, also reset the computer - if you don't reset
    it, the problem will not go away.

    Remco, Dec 1, 2006
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  3. Lenny

    Lenny Guest

    Thanks Remco

    I reset the ECU a couple of hours ago and the problem has gone for now.
    Will look at the thermosensor if problem returns.

    Lenny, Dec 1, 2006
  4. I know absolutely zip about cars. We just had to replace the engine in
    our 97 Legacy Outback (it had overheated, etc.) -- the garage just
    installed a gently used one from Japan, and everything worked except
    for the fact that the fan won't go off unless the key is turned off.
    Any ideas?
    WDavidStephenson, Dec 1, 2006
  5. Lenny

    Remco Guest

    Could be that thermosensor or main fan relay.
    Remco, Dec 2, 2006
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