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post #1 of 22 Old 03-27-2006, 01:13 AM Thread Starter
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How to remove fan clutch? #$!@~%$)&*+

I waited awhile to post this, or I would have been much more negative. I wanted to shoot the engineer who designed the fan clutch assembly.

On my Mustang, the fan and fan clutch are one unit. Remove the four bolts, and off it all comes. 10 minute job for removal and reinstall.

I tried doing that on my Dak at first, but realized that the fan and the fan clutch are two separate parts. I tried everything to remove it, to no avail. When you try to loosen the fan clutch, the water pump pulley moves. I tried everything to get it work loosen, including using a screwdriver through the little holes in the pulley to wedge it against the water pump ridges, and ended up breaking three different screwdrivers. I tried going both ways with the crescent wrench, just to be sure that it wasn't a reverse thread. Sometimes, it is easier to actually tighten to break a stiff nut loose, so I figured no harm done.

I tried having the wife help wedge the pulley lightly with a breaker bar while I tried to use a screwdriver, and that broke the third one. Arrrgggghhhhhh!!!!

I called around to three different auto parts stores, none of them rented a tool that would hold the water pump pulley from the front. They all rented 'universal fan clutch removal tools' but when I asked them to explain to me what they looked like, I knew they wouldn't work. None had nipples of any kind that would fit into the holes on the pulley.

I guess the only way to remove it is with a special Dodge fan clutch removal tool of some kind.

Thoughts?

ps - I am a big car guy, and can usually figure a way to get something done even if I am missing a tool. Giving up was a last resort and pissed me off!!! lol

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post #2 of 22 Old 03-27-2006, 02:09 AM
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Here's the link to my site on how I removed my Clutch fan. Wasn't hard at all, just becareful you don't cut your finger like I did.

http://www.geocities.com/dak2nv/fan.html

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I took mine off the same way you tried, with a small screwdriver through 1 of the holes in the pully and a a wrench


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Here's the link to my site on how I removed my Clutch fan. Wasn't hard at all, just becareful you don't cut your finger like I did.

http://www.geocities.com/dak2nv/fan.html
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Hey man...fellow paratrooper..although I didnt care for the 82'd....LMAO...

To remove it takes two people.....one man on the wrench that removes the bolt....the other person needs to take a wedge and hold it agaist the TB and lock the fan in place....and tourque like a mofo...it works promise, donr it several times...

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I just checked it's working fine :biggthump

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i just took a steel rod, placed it on the nut, then got a BFH..(BIG FUKIN HAMMER)... and beat the Hell out of it, finally it loosened up and i turned it the rest of the way with my fingers.


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I just checked it's working fine :biggthump
Yep, I can see it now. Interesting method. It didn't bend the pulley at all?

Might have to try that. :biggthump

Thanks for everyone's input.

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Just clamp it tight enought that the vise grips don't come off. It didn't even leave a mark!!

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Just clamp it tight enought that the vise grips don't come off. It didn't even leave a mark!!
Sweet. I need to get that mutha replaced. It works fine when I first start it (I mistakenly thought maybe it wasn't bad after all), but when it heats up it doesn't have any resistance.

I turned off the truck and times how long it took the fan to stop spinning when it was warmed up and at work, and it spun for about 10 seconds with the car off. Doh!

Thank goodness for the electrical fan. If I had a few $$ I'd replace the electric fan with a better unit (Taurus, Mark VII, etc.), put a better fan controller on it, and leave it at that.

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Why not just leave it off? I have had mine off for over a year (along with a bunch of other guys) and haven't had a single problem. Without it, the engine is damn near silent.
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Exactly, it's so much better with it off!!!

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Ok so this is a much desired free mod. Anyways what does the electric fan kick in at as far as temps go, and if the temps are too high, how do i make a controller or where do i find one. Nebraska doesnt get much over 100 in the summer so should i be ok, or will the humidity murder me?

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It's a bit hot here where I live (not as hot as Arizona or anything), and I don't want to put that kind of stress on that small fan. Granted, it is fine without it, but it does run hotter and the fan is on alot without the clutch fan doing anything.

I would like to upgrade to a fan that can handle the duties by itself, but if I push this one too far and it goes out, then I am not in a good situation.

It could be fine, but if I am wrong, it would be risky in my opinion.

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I put a ratchet on the tensioner and applied pressure while using a wrench on the fan clutch. It came off with no problem. We'll see if I need it when it warms up.
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