Originally Posted by ed724
Help Needed. 1996 Contour GL 2.0 liter (Not Z). Cooling fan does not come on when engine gets hot but works ok when A/C is on. Any help
I think you'll find the thermostat is a goner.
The fan is set to come on automatically when a/c is turned on to improve cooling. It comes on/off as required at other times (eg warming up / hot weather). It's designed so that the coolant is kept at a constant temp and the fan blows only when needed.
I'd check the thermostat first. How you go about doing that other than taking it to a mechanic, i dont know. But it should be simple enough for any half-competent mechanic or dealer.
Just my $0.02. Hope it's in some way helpful.