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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 03-22-2018, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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I am looking to make the cooling fan be able to be turned on, off, or automatic by thermostat. I also would like to add a light telling me when the fan is on and off. Any ideas as to the best way to accomplish this? My original thought was to just wire in an automatic switch to stay on all the time that would allow me to interrupt power momentarily but automatically turn back on when released. However, I have since thought that the fan running all the time no matter what would probably become annoying. Look forward to hearing the options or any wiring diagrams.

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It would be easy to put in the light. Just wire it right into the fan's hot wire, and hook the other wire to ground. It will light up when the fan kicks on. As far as overriding it, I don't think I would want to, just to prevent a hard overheat, if forgotten to turn it on. But I like the light idea! I might do that!

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The fan is controlled by the heat sensor. Easy enough to add a bypass switch to turn the fan on at will, a light is a good idea to serve as a reminder! Constant running of the fan would really tax the electrical system.

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The fan is controlled by the heat sensor. Easy enough to add a bypass switch to turn the fan on at will, a light is a good idea to serve as a reminder! Constant running of the fan would really tax the electrical system.

Do you know of any diagrams that show what I am talking about? I know UTV Inc makes one but not sure it does exactly what I want.

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An option to consider is a self resetting circuit breaker instead of a fan fuse. This is a common modification for the ATV guys who ride deep water all the time.

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An option to consider is a self resetting circuit breaker instead of a fan fuse. This is a common modification for the ATV guys who ride deep water all the time.

I installed a self resetting fuse which is what many people recommended and that worked for a couple of rides and then must have gotten weak. It started cutting in and out after a while. My only thought was to switch the fan on and off.

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Haven't hear of that problem before. Isn't that what do they do on the Mud Pro model ATV?

A switch wouldn't be that hard to wire up, like the other guys, I worry that it can be forgotten or accidentally hit and you over heat, causing serious damage.

I would want a light or a temp gauge or something as a back up

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I installed a self resetting fuse which is what many people recommended and that worked for a couple of rides and then must have gotten weak. It started cutting in and out after a while. My only thought was to switch the fan on and off.
I have all my fuses replaced with resetting ones also and never had an issue since ... started with a horn wire being pinched and grounding the entire system when on extreme angles going through the woods and closed BLM gates lol . [yes I'm one of those guys our lands to use and not be locked out of do to some tree hugging idiot ,, one end locked the other end open DUH ] it killed the engine and leaving me dead in the water took a while to find that one. and several times of hoofing as I ran out of fuses LOL

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I have all my fuses replaced with resetting ones also and never had an issue since ... started with a horn wire being pinched and grounding the entire system when on extreme angles going through the woods and closed BLM gates lol . [yes I'm one of those guys our lands to use and not be locked out of do to some tree hugging idiot ,, one end locked the other end open DUH ] it killed the engine and leaving me dead in the water took a while to find that one. and several times of hoofing as I ran out of fuses LOL
Gary, I really dislike those electrical gremlins that are sooooo hard to find!!!! In most cases I end up just trying to enjoy the forced hike out, and for the most part succeed in that!!! I too like those reset fuses!! I think they seem to get a little weak if they've been tripped over and over and over and they then become more inclined...........but then it may be that it has just been cheap fuse breakers that I was using....who knows.

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Gary, I really dislike those electrical gremlins that are sooooo hard to find!!!! In most cases I end up just trying to enjoy the forced hike out, and for the most part succeed in that!!! I too like those reset fuses!! I think they seem to get a little weak if they've been tripped over and over and over and they then become more inclined...........but then it may be that it has just been cheap fuse breakers that I was using....who knows.



The fuse was a busman 15 amp auto resetting fuse. Last time out, I'd be riding down the trail and the fan would not be on. I only noticed it because I had it in the diagnostic screen to keep track of the water temp. Swapped it out for a standard and we were back in business. I admit it was strange, but could not keep that thing on. My other thought is to keep it how it is and add a switch similar to the reverse override that auto turns off. This would allow me to simply hit the switch to shut off the fan while going through deep water and then upon its release turn the fan back on automatically. "Still controlled by thermostat of course". I'd also install a two lights on the dash to notify me when the fan is off and on. I just like the idea of being able to keep the fan on if wanted which is why I was thinking about the on off on switch. However, you have to be careful not to leave it off.

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