Replace the fan, but only after you dump the girlfriend.

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Nov 01, 1997

Dear Tom and Ray:

I have a '90 Acura Integra with 85,000 miles. For the greater part of seven
years, the fan/blower has worked fine. Recently, it started not coming on right
away. It takes from two to 10 minutes for it to start up in either heat or AC
mode. My girlfriend has threatened to leave me for someone with more class if
this problem is not resolved quickly. What should I do? -- Ralph

TOM: This is an easy one, Ralph. I'd dump her.

RAY: Me, too. If that's all it takes for her to threaten to leave, I don't think
she's going to be a very reliable mate. I'd break it off now.

TOM: After that, you might want to replace the fan relay. That should take care
of that other little problem you mentioned in your letter.

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