My radiator fan problem is slightly different. My Versys is an '09 with 5400 miles. About a month ago I was travelling through an area in Arizona where the highway was being chip sealed. The gooey little rocks were flying, even at the 20-30 MPH speeds the line was moving. On an uphill climb, I saw the water temp light, then shortly after the FI light. I pulled over once we started downhill and didn't notice anything at the time. I was able to drive just fine and went home.
I pulled up the engine code, and it indicated a bad fan relay. After much reading on getting to the difficult to reach relay box, I had an Aha! moment and checked the fan fuse. Sure enough, it was blown. I replaced it and the FI light was gone.
Because fuses don't blow for no reason, I checked out the fan from the side and discovered some of the chip seal rocks had worked their way to the bottom of the blades and had jammed them against the radiator fins. I loosened the mounting bolts and relieved the fan of two rocks. It then turned by hand, and with the application of 12 volts at the connector on the left side. Problem solved, I thought.
Since that time, the water temp light has come on 3 times, always in the heat of the afternoon (100+ degrees) and at slow speeds less than 30 MPH through construction zones. When I stop and check, the fan is never running. Yesterday I used the service manual wiring diagram to find a way to jumper around the ECU and bring in the fan relay. The fan only starts about one time in 10. However, it starts if I lightly start it moving with a nudge. It has a clicking noise.
Today I removed the radiator and fan and there is definitely some dragging in the sealed motor. A quick look at some online OEM houses and I about choked. This little fan is $330+! I got the motor part number and did an internet search but came up empty.
Could it be possible this is covered under the warranty, which is good until February of 2010? I have since installed a Fenda Extenda so that rock tossing is limited, but to me this was caused by a design deficiency. The fender is too short, and the layout allowed rocks to get into the tight space between the fan and radiator.
Or maybe one of the more creative minds on our forum can help me with some workaround. The price of a replacement is just ridiculous. Is someone parting out a Versys for example? Any help is appreciated.