U.S. Paratropper, 86-89
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Pasadena area, Ca
Vehicle: 2000 Dakota Quad Cab 4.7
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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.
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
Black 500 rwhp 6-speed 92 Mustang GT convertible
2000 Dakota Quad Cab 4.7 auto
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