It appears as though the battery fan is designed to turn on when the battery reaches a certain temperature. Does anyone know of a way to manually control the battery fan? I would like to install a switch so that I could turn it on manually on hot days.
I've never had the fan come on in my car. So I plugged up the cigarette lighter outlet to the fan . I can hear it run when it's plugged in. But in the summertime i use clutch switch so battery Never gets hot .I would also like to use a cotton picker air duct trick to suck Air out of the bottom of the car in the back floor. Could even use exhaust pipe to pull air out of car.
I've wired a switch to activate the fan whenever I want. It uses one of the two wires that connect to the fan.
Find some instructions for installing a hybrid battery charger harness. They will show you where those wires are. That's because those chargers need to run that fan while charging. The procedure will also walk you through pulling off the necessary cover panels.
My recollection is, one of the two wires is always hot, 12V (with ignition key in run position). The other is a ground that's essentially switched by the computer, using a couple relays. One relay is for high speed, one for low. So that wire acts as a ground only when the path is completed by one of the two relays.
To find the hot wire, probe the two fan wires, with the ignition switch in the run position. The one that doesn't have voltage is the ground. If you ground that wire, the fan will run at full speed. You can ground it via a switch so it runs only when you want it to.
If you ground the hot wire by mistake, I'd expect a loud pop, a blown fuse somewhere, and possible damage to things you didn't want to damage. So don't get into this if you're not confident in reading voltages and cutting and splicing wires (use an appropriate gauge wire).
I ran a lead from the ground wire to a switch on the side of the center console. From there it grounds at a screw that fastens the underside of the glove box to the dash frame. I kept the original ground path (via the hidden relays) intact and active. So even if I forget to switch the fan on, the computer will run it if things truly get hot.
This seems like a good simple way to run the fan while grid charging, except for the fact that you will have to charge the Insight 12v system at the same time to supply the 12v to the fan and leave the ignition on?
Is there a certain amperage switch needed to create this manual fan control? My thoughts are to wire in two switches or a three way switch to be able to control high and low fan speeds. I tried searching for other threads that might explain in more detail but had no luck. Thank you in advance.