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Old 10-27-2013, 01:45 AM   #1
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Ok y'all so I finally figured out what kept burning up the ignition control modules on my distributor. Apparently the way the PO had the fan wired to come on with the ignition got messed up somehow when I changed my wiper switch. So now I've got to find a switch that can take the small amount of power that comes from the fan after the car is turned off but the fan is still spinning. My mechanic said the only switch that could handle that is a household light switch but that would look completely tacky anywhere inside of my camaro. So I'm hoping one of y'all know of a switch I can get from a parts store that could handle such. And now that I got it running I was going to take it for a quick spin down the highway but as soon as I cut my headlights on it bogged down the motor so I'm getting some kind Of amperage draw there. It doesn't happen when I turn on the park lights, just when I pull the switch out far enough to send fire to the headlights. We're going to be checking that out tomorrow and hopefully getting my camaro back running by Monday. I'll keep y'all updated
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Why don't you wire the fans up the way the factory did? Sounds like you've got some wiring issues you'll need to find and repair.
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Why don't you wire the fans up the way the factory did?
I second this ^^

If you need the fans to come on and off at will, all you need to do is ground the relay and run that ground wire to a switch. The best part about doing this is that it doesn't interfere with the factory system...it still cycles like it should until you want the fan just "on"...
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So now I've got to find a switch that can take the small amount of power that comes from the fan after the car is turned off but the fan is still spinning.
Sorry but this doesn't make sense to me.
If the ignition is off, there's no power to the fan.

as far as a switch, you use the switch to energize a relay and the relay provides power to the fan(s).
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If the ignition is off the fan is still circulating power until it stops spinning
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If the ignition is off the fan is still circulating power until it stops spinning
I'm as equally lost with this statement, lol

If you mean that the fan fan continues to run for some time after the car is shut off (and not just coasting to a stop), then yes that is possible but usually only if the ECM feels the water temp is too high...then the temp sending unit will keep the fan running in effort to stop the block from boiling over...that's also why they place those warning stickers under the hood about how the fan may be on after the car is off...

Sounds to me like you an absolute wiring nightmare on your hands...if it were me, I'd rip everything that was messed up out and start from scratch...
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If the ignition is off the fan is still circulating power until it stops spinning
The fan doesn't circulate power, power circulates the fan. When power is removed from the fan, the fan turns off and only takes a few seconds to stop spinning. I'm thinking there's a language barrier here !!!
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Whilst the fan is slowing to a stop there is still a small amount of power coming through the hot wire. Enough to keep the test light dimly lit until the fan stops completely.
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I'll get that figured out once I get the carb and everything setup and the motor running. This car is an electrical cluster****. To bypass the VATS they had the oem chipped key soldered into some wires and all kinds of shit.
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Whilst the fan is slowing to a stop there is still a small amount of power coming through the hot wire. Enough to keep the test light dimly lit until the fan stops completely.
That's normal. Electricity turns the fan motor. Once you turn the electricity to the fan off, the fan turns into a generator while it freely spins until it stops. This is what's causing the small amount of electricity that's lighting up your test light.
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Yea, somehow that was cutting fire from my distributor. But my mechanic said that I can't put my fan on a standard toggle switch cause it will burn the switch up in a small amount of time
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Yea, somehow that was cutting fire from my distributor. But my mechanic said that I can't put my fan on a standard toggle switch cause it will burn the switch up in a small amount of time
Right you have a toggle wired to a relay that can handle the amperage a fan pulls
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