overheating on 1998 Lincoln Continental

Engine overheated -- fans were not (either one) working .No repairs done on car in two years. Low mileage (48000). Excellent shape .Never had any problems before. Where should I start looking ? Where is temp. sensor located . Where is (if it has one ) fan relay located ? Where should I start ? Thanks for help !!!

by in Lawrenceburg, TN on November 11, 2010
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ANSWER by on November 11, 2010
fan relays cooltemp sensor it on the intake get a sensor then that will help find ti
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COMMENT by on November 12, 2010
What is a sensor ? Thanks !!!
ANSWER by on November 11, 2010
The fan relays on your Continental are located at the top center front of the engine compartment above the radiator. You really do need a diagnostic tool, however, to test the different components. A proper diagnostic tool can "active command" a fan to blow at high or low speeds. Then you can perform testing for power and ground and check the relays and the motors themselves. Good luck on this!
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COMMENT by on November 12, 2010
Thank you for helping . What is the( diagnostic tool )and where can you get one? Can't you use a volt-meter ? Where are the relays ? THANK YOU !!!
COMMENT by on November 12, 2010
I'm sorry Jimmy, but a diagnostic tool is a pricy tool ($2,000 - $5,000 or more) that can interface with your vehicle's various modules and work with the components in an effort to troubleshoot them. There's more to the systems than resistance and voltage, which you can certainly check with your voltmeter. Even with your voltmeter, you could check for power at the motors -- this would rule out the motor as the cause of failure if/when you find you have no power there. In the end, the command to power the motors cannot be checked by a voltmeter, and the diagnostic tool is needed. Good luck!
COMMENT by on November 14, 2010
Dave thank you very much for your help ! I found a bad ground and I was able to repair it ... Thanks so much . JimmyB4
COMMENT by on November 14, 2010
Nice job! Great outcome!
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