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Is an electric radiator cooling fan effective?

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Although they place additional demand on electrical systems, electric fans may offer more efficient cooling than their belt-driven counterparts. Electric fans provide consistent cooling, less wear on water pumps, and superior performance at lower speeds and idle.

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Unlike belt-driven mechanical fans, which may reduce the amount of horsepower supplied to the wheels, the power needed to operate an electric fan comes from a vehicle's battery and electrical system. Electric fans offer greater versatility and are mountable on either side of a radiator. Some electric fans are designed to provide auxiliary cooling, functioning in concert with a mechanical fan. Electric fans are the preferred equipment option for performance enthusiasts.

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