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In a previous video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHZVvHIbs9s&t I had a look at this Chevy Cruze and determined the cooling fan resistor to be faulty. There wasn't enough time in the day to record the process but I did want to show you that it was fixed!
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50 thoughts on “Chevrolet cruze: cooling fan follow up video”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars thunderchild says:

    Kinda wanted to see how you took the front end apart to get the fan out. My 2015 does that runs high speed even after a 2 minute warm up and stays on for about 2 minutes even though the ignition is off.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kam Jar says:

    At what temperature does the first fan speed switch on? In my case, the fan starts to work at 93 C immediately in the second gear.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars E. Miller says:

    The fan and rediator in my Chevy Cruze are doing fine after almost 11 years. I wonder if being soaked in salt water every winter might have something do to with their falure.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Phillip Smith says:

    Thanks for the video

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jim Bright says:

    My 2015 Cruze is doing this exact same thing right now. When I turn on the AC it sounds like an airplane trying to takeoff. I can hear the low speed relays cycling but nothing on the fan. I鈥檓 sure the resistor is burned up so I went ahead and ordered a fan assembly. Just waiting for it to arrive. I also watched your 5 part series on removing and installing the GM 5.3 engine which I鈥檓 also doing right now to my wife鈥檚 2001 Tahoe that sounds like it dropped a lifter because it taps like hell! Hopefully the old engine is out this weekend and I can at least get the new one dropped in by Sunday night. I went ahead and removed the intake manifold because I noticed on my junkyard engine the MAP sensor was snapped off like yours was so I wanted to make sure that didn鈥檛 happen with the intake on the old engine. Great videos!

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John E. Carr says:

    Another great video

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars L.A. Commander says:

    Wow, what a total PITA. My older Ford Focus is so easy to work on as far as the fan assembly goes. First off, it has a resistor you can remove and replace on it's own, so that saves you some money. Second, the fan assembly has the two fan system (low speed and high speed) and is very reliable. Third, you can remove the entire assembly by disconnecting the electrical connector up top, then crawling under the car and the whole assembly just pulls right down by pressing two tabs with your thumbs. Yes, that's it. I recently replaced the whole fan assembly with a Dorman unit, cost me like maybe $50, and took less than 30 minutes to do. The factory fan assembly lasted 18 years.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mornigstar says:

    Do you know what is the resistence in ohms for the low speed?

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars William Fernandez says:

    You got to do computer reset for installing the new cooling fan?

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ion Casapu says:

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  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars j. Onofre says:

    Good video but the only thing to remove is the radiator support only aside and took like 30 minutes from start to finish..

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shane Harrison says:

    Sweet great work bud thanks

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paublus Americanus AMERICANUS says:

    Just another mad moment and another general motors failure. If I did it to save money a junk yard fan would be my max on spending for a frigging fan. Pretty important to work though.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Pete391 says:

    I bought my radiator and fan from ebay…..worked great and saved a ton of money over dealer cost…Those fans are bad for losing the 1st and 2nd or low and medium speeds….High is all that seems to keep working..

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Pat Caron says:

    The fan clippings!! I broke one and about to break the 3 other ones. Plug the fand directly to lighter with on/off switch 馃馃か

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Frank Derryberry says:

    That looks so vulnerable and shitty. I'd rig a toggle manual like a motorcycle before purchasing this. Jeez

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars dblissmn says:

    Thanks for your Cruze fan videos–super helpful, especially how you go through the diagnostics. Enabled me to deal with misdiagnoses here in Chicago and get to the point with my 1.4T Sonic whose fan was running on high only. BTW I learned in the course of sorting this out that there are ways of dealing with that fan without disassembling the front end, which massively speeds up the job. Shocked to hear the price for that fan assembly; it is much cheaper on the Sonic even though we're talking the same engine, and if your only problem on the Sonic is the resister itself, you're talking a $50 part.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars JustB says:

    Can you explain the fan shroud clips?

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars j. Onofre says:

    Engine rattles, coolant leak, fan goes out, valve cover leak, overheating engine, turbo broke and many more to list…

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars eayala194 says:

    I got a question bro. My cooling fan turns on for about 10 seconds and then turns off for like a minute or so. Is this proper operation? Or do I have something wrong?

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ronald Spruill says:

    It is what it is !

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars bgregg55 says:

    What would u do without all these pathetic domestic cars made from spit wads & string? They sell the cars cheap & know they'll make a butt load on selling you repair parts. That fan probably cost under $10 to manufacture.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Darwin Endreson says:

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  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars david a miller says:

    Eric it appears u need ur little buddy hanna back, she was quite the helper.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars p.horse says:

    Another cooling problem with the Cruze?

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars SoCal Realtor says:

    Dayum, what鈥檚 all that rattling shit in the engine bay?! They sure don鈥檛 make them to last at all anymore so they. GM should be embarrassed…… POS!!!!! Save your money people and buy a nice older car that鈥檚 in good shape and not made to last just a few years. Cheers to you and your awesome videos

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars travis allen says:

    with the dexicrap antifreeze orange crusty don't surprise me if its out of warranty a good flush out when you replaced the radiator and standard green antifreeze will stop the dexicrap slugging and acid leaking B.SHATE DEXICRAP

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Kohut says:

    Cool!! 馃檪

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars alvin boreo says:

    More like 20 bucks 300 is crazy

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars alvin boreo says:

    Eww a chevy

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cerus98 says:

    It鈥檒l do the same thing again. My wife鈥檚 2012 Cruze has the same problem. Fans been replaced twice and it breaks again and only does high speed within a month.

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dangerous Amoeba says:

    Can this job be jury rigged instead of having to spend 300 bucks? Like can you just cut the resistor block off, and replace the resistors or something. How does that component work? is it purly electrical or is there some logic going on in it? I notice 3 prongs in that socket and i think you pointed that out. 300 dollars is fucking rediculous for a fan, that's actually insane, especially when resistors even high wattage ones are a couple bucks on digikey or mousers. Surely there has to be a bodged way to fix this instead of shelling out big money because some engineer made a shitty part.

    Story: My 03 corrola had a light around the cig lighter that burned out who knows when. It was only offered here in Canada if you got the car with the smokers package. I don't smoke anymore but it looks swanky around the lighter or just a USB charger. Problem is this stupid bulb they soldered into the socket, and you can't just replace the bulb and the way they soldered it is insane. I've done a lot of work on corrolas and they're probably the easiest cars in the 21st century to work on, but this component is straight out of a german car. I went to toyota and you can't just buy the bulb and it's plug you gotta get the whole socket and it's 120 CAD or so, plus tax. I walked right out, went home, broke the bulb in the socket removed all it's bits with a pair of needle nose, put the 2 prongs for the connector back in. Then i went to the car and checked the voltage, 12 volts as expected, and i cut the positive wire soldered in a pair of 1/2 watt resistors a 330 and a 68 ohm (adding up to ~390), i put a cheap 3mm ultrabright LED into the socket and plugged it back into the car. Works perfectly fine and it looks just as swanky as it should. Total cost under 2 bucks CAD, and less than an hour of soldering and bodging. No evidence of the job either.

    My friend had something similar happen to a honda accord with a resistor block for the blower motor, and he didn't even bother getting proper resistors, he modded the back of the knob to take a big potentiometer and directly connected that to the motor. Worked like a charm.

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars BUZ1952 Z says:

    Put the car in neutral turn the fan on high, it'll suck the car down the street.

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars E M says:

    Decent follow up Eric, it answered the questions so nothing else needed Sir.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars A Sid says:

    Thanks for the video. It was very helpful. I鈥檓 having an issue with a 2015 Cruze 1.4. As soon as I start the car the fan continues to run on high speed. I鈥檓 not able to turn on the fan with my scanner but I can hear the fan relays click. Also, the compressor doesn鈥檛 turn on. I can power it on with my scanner. Any ideas?

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rick Harper says:

    I like closure!!!

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars geosutube says:

    Lately, the Toyotas are getting pretty crappy from a repair cost perspective, too. So hard to get inside the assemblies to fix minor problems. It appears that the bean counters a more about adding up assembly savings than building reliable transportation

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars geosutube says:

    Excellent and thorough,too. Thanks for your analysis.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dan's Learning Curve says:

    I'm happy!
    You're happy!
    We're all happy!

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Car Dude says:

    What a heap of shhhh

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Adi says:

    Pozdrawiam z Polski(Greetings from Poland) 馃榿

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MrFunkia says:

    300 for a bare cooling fan??? that seems like daylight robbery to me.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul Schmied says:

    The "normally" working fan is loud.

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 38911bytefree says:

    In 2019, when they try to justify their crappy engines blown by cartoon turbos … because fuel efficiency … they put resistors as speed regulation. Man, the old trams from 100 years ago did that !!!!!! Cars has 2 networks with 13 control modules. Speed control: shunt resistors. Ok its more simple and reliable …. NOT GM !!!!!!!

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeff Winter says:

    Closure – Cruze is discontinued for a reason. 馃ぃ

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars J Griff says:

    Looks like another quality fan from Government Motor. Unbalanced and still using ceramic resister.

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Louis B canadatransistor says:

    I have done this job on my 2015 cruze as well. It was a lengthy, difficult and stressful time trying to replace an entire unit. Changing the resistor by itself was not possible. The fan was fine. It was just the insulator of the resistor that crumbled and only the fan high speed worked.

  48. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Keith on the GAP says:

    whew! I lost a lot of sleep over this!