CMF Veteran Member
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Northwest Louisiana
Re: 01 chevy malibu cooling fan issue
The OP may not have a problem.
I was that way back in 2002 with my 2000 Malibu - but the mechanic I was using at the time was kind enough to let me watch him monitor the ECM's ECT sensor reading.
The fan WOULD come on at about 228F - which was right below the red mark on my temp gauge!
Now, if the fan isn't turning on when the compressor for the A/C is engaged, that's a problem.
335K miles on original motor and tranny (only motor work 2 x LIM replacement), Monroe SensaTrac struts front and back (new at approx. 300K miles), and Alero discs in back. LS fogs added with custom wiring. HID high beams, HIR low and halogen fogs. Raybestos Pro Grade front rotors and Bendix D747 ceramic pads on front.
Addendum: Rest in peace. Surge tank blew, motor overheated, I think she's lived a long and useful life.