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Old 04-10-2019, 08:16 AM
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2007 RDX Radiator Fan Problem

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I am fairly new to the forum and need some sage advice. I purchased a 2007 RDX last fall. Lately, both the radiator fan and AC fan both come on as soon as you start the car, even when it's ice cold out. Shutting off the climate control unit does nothing-they still stay on. As a preventative measure, I replaced both fan relays in the fuse panel as I read that there were problems with the older relays. The new relays were the updated version.

My other thought is the coolant temperature sensor(s). I hate to take it to the dealership, but I am at a loss as to what it could be. The fans run non-stop as soon as the key is on and they will soon burn the motors out. I resorted to pulling the 30A fuses just to shut the fans off.

Any help is much appreciated!
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Old 04-10-2019, 12:27 PM
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If you suspect coolant sensor, try connecting a bluetooth OBD reader and downloading an app (such as Torque) to your phone. In addition to reading codes, you can also read specific engine parameters. So, you'll be able to see what the car *thinks* the coolant temp is. If you're getting a weird number or even no value at all, then perhaps the sensor or wiring in between is the issue.
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Thanks Tom, will try that.
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Old 04-12-2019, 09:58 PM
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The coolant temperature sensor is on the bottom left hand side of the radiator. 2 prongs easy to get to from the bottom.
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The fans always are running in the rdx ...
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Originally Posted by CSmoney28 View Post
The fans always are running in the rdx ...
I've heard that too. However, generally speaking, the fans are designed to run when the coolant temp reaches a certain point, i.e. when your stuck in traffic on a warm day. They should not be running when it's 30 degrees out and I'm doing 70 MPH plus down the freeway... I've also found that the AC is stuck on, even when the heat is on high. Makes no sense, but I have some type of electrical issue.
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...They should not be running when it's 30 degrees out and I'm doing 70 MPH plus down the freeway... I've also found that the AC is stuck on, even when the heat is on high. Makes no sense...
Actually once the AC is activated, both fans should activate, because of the control relays. Agreed, A.C. should cycle off when cruising at 30F and IF engine coolant not overheating. The A.C. relay is known to malfunction: when I got my RDX one of the first fixes was upgrading the AC relay part # "...01" (cheap online) to the "..05" new one (more $).

I know you changed both relays-which did you get? Maybe the AC one has already failed closed? In the relay box there are a couple more identical Omron, swap in one from different circuit to test for free before checking the temperature sensor from the bottom of radiator or the A.C. dash switch?

Btw, I am chasing the opposite, engine fan does not activate UNLESS I turn on the A.C... seems the SAME PART NUMBER RELAY controls the rad fan ... so now have the same relays/ sensors to recheck as you do.

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Thanks Altair, I will try that. I did replace my 2 relays with the newer OEM/Honda ones ending in 05. I'll try your suggestion and play around with the other relays. Might be worth my time to just upgrade the old Omron POS relays with the newer ones.
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Let me know how it works out for you
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