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Imperial Adjustable Thermostatic Fan Control

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Adjustable Thermostatic Fan Control. 160-210°F; push-in probe. Controls the operating temperature of Imperial electric fans. Operates up to 2 fans.

Product Features:
  • Adjustable thermostatic fan control
  • 160-210°F push-in probe
  • For use with Imperial electric fans
  • Probe installs into radiator fins
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Length:2 in
Material:Plastic/Metal
On/Off Degree:160 degrees - 210 degrees
Plug Gender:Male
Shape:Push In
Terminal Quantity:1
Terminal Type:Push Probe

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ImperialAdjustable Thermostatic Fan Control
 
3.6

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

55%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Durable (3)
  • High-performance (3)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

  • Flimsy (3)

Best Uses

  • Small cars (6)
  • Trucks (6)
  • Large cars (3)
    • Car & Truck:
    • Auto enthusiast (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Auto enthusiast (7), Mechanic (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great controller

This is a perfect controller for those looking to install aftermarket fans. I installed mine in 2007 and it is now 2011. It has been faithfully running both my 16" dual s-blade...Read complete review

This is a perfect controller for those looking to install aftermarket fans. I installed mine in 2007 and it is now 2011. It has been faithfully running both my 16" dual s-blade fans on my 1998 Ford F-150 ever since. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat if it ever went out.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

IT MIGHT LEAVE YOU STRANDED

THIS TEMP CONTROL UNIT WAS BOUGHT FOR MY 2000 LINCOLN LS 3.9 V8. I USED THIS IN MY ELECTRIC FAN CONVERSION PROJECT RECENTLY. I HAD READ THE REVIEWS BOTH GOOD AND BAD AND FIGURED...Read complete review

THIS TEMP CONTROL UNIT WAS BOUGHT FOR MY 2000 LINCOLN LS 3.9 V8. I USED THIS IN MY ELECTRIC FAN CONVERSION PROJECT RECENTLY. I HAD READ THE REVIEWS BOTH GOOD AND BAD AND FIGURED THAT IT MIGHT WORK FOR ME. I EVEN BOUGHT AN EXTRA RELAY FOR IT IN CAUSE THE ON IT CAME WITH BURNED OUT.
THIS WORKED FINE FOR ABOUT 2 MONTHS BUT AFTER THAT, STARTED TO GIVE ME PROBLEMS. I THOUGHT THE FIRST RELAY WENT OUT AND PUT IN THE SECOND ONE I HAD BOUGHT BUT IT WAS STILL THE SAME ISSUE...SOMETIMES THE CAR WOULD BEGIN TO OVER HEAT SINCE THE FAN WASN'T KICKING ON. AFTER VERIFYING ALL MY FUSES AND CONNECTIONS WERE SOUND. I DISCOVERED THAT THE ACTUAL HOUSING THAT HOLDS THE RELAY WAS BECOMING FAULTY DUE TO THE HEAT OF THE CURRENT THAT RAN THROUGH THE WIRES WHEN IT DID KICK THE FAN ON. I HAD THE UNIT MOUNTED IN THE COMPARTMENT WHERE THE PASSENGER HEADLIGHT ASSEMBLY WENT..(RIGHT BEHIND IT...SO IT WOULD BE SUBJECT TO TOO MUCH HEAT FROM THE ENGINE. I WOULD CONSTANTLY HAVE TO WIGGLE THE RELAY IN THE HOUSING FOR IT TO WORK. I TOOK THAT PROBLEMATIC UNIT OUT AND BOUGHT THE CHEAPER UNIT THAT DOESN'T REQUIRE A RELAY, HAS ONLY TWO WIRES TO CONNECT AND IS MADE OF METAL...NO PROBLEMS AT ALL ANYMORE. BIG ENGINE COOLING NEEDS I DON'T THIS THIS CONTROLLER CAN HANDLE.
THIS WILL PROBABLY WORK GREAT IN A 4 CYLINDER WITH ONLY ONE FAN. DUAL FAN SETUPS AND BIGGER ENGINES MIGHT BE PUSHING IT FOR THIS ITEM.

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1.0

IT MIGHT LEAVE YOU STRANDED

By CDUB1977

from JACKSONVILLE, FL

About Me Casual Driver

Pros

  • Excellent Directions

Cons

  • Flimsy

Best Uses

  • Small Cars

Comments about Imperial Adjustable Thermostatic Fan Control:

THIS TEMP CONTROL UNIT WAS BOUGHT FOR MY 2000 LINCOLN LS 3.9 V8. I USED THIS IN MY ELECTRIC FAN CONVERSION PROJECT RECENTLY. I HAD READ THE REVIEWS BOTH GOOD AND BAD AND FIGURED THAT IT MIGHT WORK FOR ME. I EVEN BOUGHT AN EXTRA RELAY FOR IT IN CAUSE THE ON IT CAME WITH BURNED OUT.
THIS WORKED FINE FOR ABOUT 2 MONTHS BUT AFTER THAT, STARTED TO GIVE ME PROBLEMS. I THOUGHT THE FIRST RELAY WENT OUT AND PUT IN THE SECOND ONE I HAD BOUGHT BUT IT WAS STILL THE SAME ISSUE...SOMETIMES THE CAR WOULD BEGIN TO OVER HEAT SINCE THE FAN WASN'T KICKING ON. AFTER VERIFYING ALL MY FUSES AND CONNECTIONS WERE SOUND. I DISCOVERED THAT THE ACTUAL HOUSING THAT HOLDS THE RELAY WAS BECOMING FAULTY DUE TO THE HEAT OF THE CURRENT THAT RAN THROUGH THE WIRES WHEN IT DID KICK THE FAN ON. I HAD THE UNIT MOUNTED IN THE COMPARTMENT WHERE THE PASSENGER HEADLIGHT ASSEMBLY WENT..(RIGHT BEHIND IT...SO IT WOULD BE SUBJECT TO TOO MUCH HEAT FROM THE ENGINE. I WOULD CONSTANTLY HAVE TO WIGGLE THE RELAY IN THE HOUSING FOR IT TO WORK. I TOOK THAT PROBLEMATIC UNIT OUT AND BOUGHT THE CHEAPER UNIT THAT DOESN'T REQUIRE A RELAY, HAS ONLY TWO WIRES TO CONNECT AND IS MADE OF METAL...NO PROBLEMS AT ALL ANYMORE. BIG ENGINE COOLING NEEDS I DON'T THIS THIS CONTROLLER CAN HANDLE.
THIS WILL PROBABLY WORK GREAT IN A 4 CYLINDER WITH ONLY ONE FAN. DUAL FAN SETUPS AND BIGGER ENGINES MIGHT BE PUSHING IT FOR THIS ITEM.

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  • No

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best thing over the thermal fan clutch!

By William Eks

from Stroudsburg, PA

About Me Auto Enthusiast, Mechanic

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3 or more reviews submitted

Pros

  • Actually Works
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • High-Performance
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Trucks

    Comments about Imperial Adjustable Thermostatic Fan Control:

    I installed this onto my 96 Dodge Ram 5.9 and it was the best conversion ever! I even wrote a whole thread about it on DodgeForum under Electric fan conversion under $100, check it out.

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    • No

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Easy to wire, not heavy duty though

    By FoxBodyAddict

    from Manassas, VA

    About Me Auto Enthusiast, Mechanic

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Flimsy

    Best Uses

    • Small Cars

    Comments about Imperial Adjustable Thermostatic Fan Control:

    Had this installed on a '91 Mustang for about 4 months. Worked Great at first and I was very happy with the performance. But the internals just stopped working one day leaving me stranded on the road. Relay was fine, I think the power lead wire is to small of gauge on this unit and it burns up the internals. Trying my second unit today and will modify it a little.

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    • No

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Worked for about a year

    By Ron

    from Pensacola, FL

    About Me Auto Enthusiast, Mechanic

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      Cons

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          Comments about Imperial Adjustable Thermostatic Fan Control:

          Installation is fairly straight forward and easy to get set up.

          Worked well for about a year. then stopped working and ended up over heating. Relay was fine. It was inside the unit.

          Will try a different one next

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          • No

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          works good for a few months

          By Brandon

          from Orlando, Fl.

          About Me Auto Enthusiast, Mechanic

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Both I Had Did Not Last
          • Flimsy

          Best Uses

            Comments about Imperial Adjustable Thermostatic Fan Control:

            The first one that I purchased lasted a little over A year, just long enough for the warranty to run out. I purchased another one figuring I just got a bad one out of the bunch, I WAS WRONG because the second one only lasted 3 month

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            • No

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            not sure if i am taken with it yet

            By jason irag and afghanistan vet

            from memphis

            About Me Mechanic

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Poor quality

            Best Uses

              Comments about Imperial Adjustable Thermostatic Fan Control:

              i converted my 2002 sierra from mechanical fan to electric fans and thought i had made a break through on updating my truck. however two replacements later and i am sure i will be installing another here very shortly i dont know how but i have managed to burn yes i said burn of these modules up in smoke i have double checked for shorts and breaks and found none have also checked the draw and found it to be within an accepteble range but still i am tired of rewiring this thing in even if it is simple

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              • No

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              works great and easy to install

              By nismo240

              from sal tlake city utah

              About Me Auto Enthusiast, Competitive Driver

              Verified Buyer
              Level 1

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Large Cars
                • Small Cars
                • Trucks

                Comments about Imperial Adjustable Thermostatic Fan Control:

                works great and is very easy to use

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                • No

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                good dtretoins easy install

                By Fixer

                from Russell Kansas

                About Me Auto Enthusiast, Mechanic, Truck Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer
                Level 1

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Trucks

                  Comments about Imperial Adjustable Thermostatic Fan Control:

                  works ok

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                  • No

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                  (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Adj Thermostatic Fan Controller

                  By Bill

                  from Blandon, PA

                  About Me Auto Enthusiast, Casual Driver

                  Verified Buyer
                  Helpful Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Large Cars
                    • Small Cars
                    • Trucks

                    Comments about Imperial Adjustable Thermostatic Fan Control:

                    Installed this on a '94 Mustang that was modified from the 3.8V6 to a 4.6V8. Needed to control the fan on / off at lower temps.

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                    • No

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                    (61 of 110 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great controller

                    By Raptor05121

                    from Live Oak, FL

                    Helpful Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Cheap
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • High-Performance
                    • Lightweight
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Trucks

                      Comments about Imperial Adjustable Thermostatic Fan Control:

                      This is a perfect controller for those looking to install aftermarket fans. I installed mine in 2007 and it is now 2011. It has been faithfully running both my 16" dual s-blade fans on my 1998 Ford F-150 ever since. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat if it ever went out.

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                      • Q:

                        The previous answer to my earlier question still didn't provide the answer I need.

                        Today, I connected the yellow wire to an energized source so it would stay on after shutting off the engine, adjusted the potentiometer to activate at 185 degrees & watched the temp, read with an electronic meat probe inserted adjacent to the thermostat probe (installed adjacent to the hot water inlet at the top of the radiator, as the instructions state). After turning off the engine I watched the temp fluctuate as high as 204 degrees & then slowly start descending. The fan didn't turn off until the temp was all the way down to 145 degrees.

                        In my opinion, that's too wide a differential for the turn-on-turn-off temps. After the fan initially comes on, it will never go off during normal operation unless the engine is turned-off or the temp gets low enough if the fan is wired hot (yellow wire).

                        Will replacing the relay correct the extremely wide temp differential that I'm experiencing?
                        Asked on 7/17/2014 by tereeves from Alexandria, LA

                        1 answer

                        • CUSTOMER CARE

                          A:

                          I'm glad to assist, Tereeves! If the relay is sticking, replacing it could fix the problem. You could also tap on the relay to see if it is sticking.

                          If the temperature gauge being used to determine the engine temperature is the dash gauge, you could try a standalone gauge to ensure that the reading is accurate.

                          There odd temperature fluctuations if the coolant is in need of replacement or if there are any plugged passages that are not allowing proper flow of coolant.

                          If you have any further questions, I suggest speaking with the manufacturer directly in order expedite your answer. Here is a link to their contact page: http://www.haydenauto.com/Hayden%20Customer%20Service-Customer%20Service/Content.aspx

                          Answered on 7/22/2014 by Heath, ASE Parts Specialist from AAP
                      • Q:

                        I find that the on-off differential of this Thermostatic fan Control to be quite wide; setting the fan to come on at 205, it doesn't go off until the temp's well below 180. Even at highway speed, if the engine has a 180 degree thermostat, the fan will never go off after it initially comes on because the engine can't get cool enough to make the thermostatic control cut-off. I'd rather have the fan come on at 200 & go off at 185. Is this possible?
                        Asked on 7/5/2014 by tereeves from Alexandria, LA

                        1 answer

                      • Q:

                        how do you install in a car with a.c
                        Asked on 4/14/2014 by hank

                        1 answer

                        • CUSTOMER CARE

                          A:

                          Hi Hank, happy to help! Since this part is vehicle specific, please provide us the year, make, model and engine size of your vehicle.

                          Answered on 4/15/2014 by Steve from AAP
                      • Q:

                        I have a question
                        How many AMPs fuse does this fan controller takes.
                        The fan controller came with a 25amps fuse
                        and blew out after a hour of use on my mercury car factory fan.
                        I personally don’t know how many amps the relay is.
                        I place a 40amps fuse until you can give me a replay.
                        Asked on 5/31/2013 by Paul

                        1 answer

                        • CUSTOMER CARE

                          A:

                          The load capacity of this Imperial Adjustable Thermostatic Fan Control - part# 226204 is 30 AMPS. For any further assistance, please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our Parts Pros will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                          Answered on 5/31/2013 by Vincent from AAP
                      • Q:

                        I HAVE 2001 WINDSTAR 3.8L WILL THE PROBE FIT THE THE RADIATOR
                        Asked on 3/1/2013 by RAULF323 from el paso texas

                        1 answer

                        • CUSTOMER CARE

                          A:

                          The Imperial Adjustable Thermostatic Fan Control (Part No. 226204) would fit your 2001 Ford Windstar 3.8L. For any further assistance, please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our Parts Pros will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                          Answered on 3/2/2013 by Steve from AAP
                      • Q:

                        Can this be used for a dual stage setup or would you need two of these fan controllers to do that?
                        Asked on 10/1/2012 by Adam from Annandale, MN

                        1 answer

                        • CUSTOMER CARE

                          A:

                          Yes, the Imperial Adjustable Thermostatic Fan Control - Part No. 226204 can be used for a dual stage setup as well. For any further assistance please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto store and one of our representatives will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                          Answered on 10/2/2012 by John the Car-Doc from AAP
                      • Q:

                        With this wiring harness can I ad a manual of on swith inside the cab of me jeep. I want to be able to leave it on auto (thermastat controlled) going down highway but would like the option of having a cut off swith and a on swith (3way). If so what else would I meed to buy to make this happen.
                        Asked on 10/1/2012 by Jeeper from AR

                        1 answer

                        • CUSTOMER CARE

                          A:

                          No, I am sorry. You would not be able to connect a manual switch with this Imperial Adjustable Thermostatic Fan Control - Part No. 226204. However you can use a manual control switch for the fan by simply connecting it to the 12v battery and the fan motor relay. For any further assistance please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto store and one of our representatives will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                          Answered on 10/2/2012 by John the Car-Doc from AAP
                      • Q:

                        Hi, will this work on my 1986 Chevy Corvette?
                        Asked on 7/16/2012 by vick from south philly

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          Yes, this Imperial Adjustable Thermostatic Fan Control - part# 226204 fits your 1986 Chevy Corvette. For any further assistance, please visit your nearest Advance Auto store or call us directly at 1-877-ADVANCE (238-2623) and one of our representative there would be more than happy to assist you.

                          Answered on 7/17/2012 by Vincent from AAP
                      • Q:

                        Are there any other parts I need to install my cooling fan besides this fan control kit, the electric fan itself, and a way to mount the fan?
                        Asked on 4/26/2012 by Anonymous

                        1 answer

                        • CUSTOMER CARE

                          A:

                          You might need all/some of these things: thermostatic Fan control switch, fan control relay, wiring harnesses, two way switch(optional), wire loom(optional), 40 Amp fuses, Fan Mounting Kit (optional). Tools needed: Phillips screwdriver, 10mm Wrench, Grinder suitable for plastic-I used a dremel, Wire stripper/crimper, Hack Saw. For any further assistance please feel free to call 1-877-238-2623 and one of our representatives will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                          Answered on 4/28/2012 by John the Car-Doc from AAP
                      • Q:

                        Could this method be used on a 2011+ car or truck to bypass the electric fan settings in the PCM? In other words, instead of buying a programmer to take advantage of a 180 degree thermostat could this be used instead?
                        Asked on 4/20/2012 by Anonymous

                        1 answer

                        • CUSTOMER CARE

                          A:

                          Thermostatic fan control: A system thermistor checks the temperature inside the chassis, and if it detects a temperature outside of range, it spins the fans up to maximum. When the temperature drops below a threshold again, the fans are turned back off. This control method reduces power requirements during periods of low usage, but when the system is operating at capacity, the fan noise can become a problem again. For more information, please feel free to call 1-877-238-2623 and one of our representatives will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                          Answered on 4/23/2012 by Steve from AAP
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