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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 01, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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I have an 89 Camaro RS(5.0L, 305, Auto), I'm the second owner, and I've had it for about 6 years. I've done normal maintanence work on it. Over the years I've replaced the radiator, starter, alternator...the normal stuff. A few months ago, wierd stuff starting happening. First my interior lights/door locks fuse starting going out often. Then I was sitting out a drive thru, and started seeing steam come from my engine...looked down and realized that my car was overheating. Turned out to be the fuse for the cooling fan; it was out, didn't kick on and overheated the car. A few weeks later, I came home, shut off my car, and the fan kept running. Opened the hood and started pulling on wires; it clicked off. Hubby felt it was a sticky relay. Today, the hubby left with it, than got stuck. It would try to start, but wouldn't turn over. Now it's sitting at a garage, the dash pulled apart, the steering wheel torn apart, and I'm in tears. These guys don't know what the hell their doing! Short of taking it to the dealer, any suggestions?
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old Feb 8th, 01, 07:38 AM
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believe it or not,the fuse blowing for the interior lights and stuff is because your Cigarette lighter is bad.

it is grounding out and blowing the fuse, I had the same exact problem, I replaced it (was only 5 bux) and badabing. works great. I kept upping the amp fuse size ,it would take longer, but still pop them all., if you have the "self opening" ashtray, make sure to pull the entire center piece of the console off, there are 2 5/16 bolts as soon as you open the center console cover, then just give it a tug, (not too hard or you could snap the cover) and it will pop off allowing easy access to the smoke lighter.

As far as the shorting of the Fan relay, it could just be the sensor on the Radiator has gone bye bye, or the relay located near drivers side under hood, near master cylinder) is ka-put. a good test is to turn the key to the ON position, engage the Air conditioning (with the engine off) and if the fan kicks on , the relay is good, your temp sensor is the culprite... But since you just started "pulling wires" you could have caused some other damage yet unknown...

Good luck , happy hunting those gremlins
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