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A guy came into our store asking to have his battery checked on his 2000 chevy malibu.

I noticed when i opened the hood that his electric radiator fans were still running even though the key was out and the car was off. Is this normal? The battery was nearly dead and it made me wonder if the fans were the problem, killing the battery.

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Some electric fans will continue to run after the engine is shut off to provide a little extra cooling. Most generally shut off after about 30 seconds though. If his is continuing to run and not shutting off, then that is an obvious problem and needs to be corrected, and it will kill the battery.

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Matthew Vaughn

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