Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Rib Mountain (suburb of Wausau) WI
Vehicle: 1996 Dakota Sport 2wd
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You will have a viscous fan clutch, and when they are engaged cause the fan to really howl. From the description you gave, it sounds to me like the fan clutch has gone faulty and locked up. See if you can spin the fan by hand with a cool or cold engine, there will be some resistance but not much. If it's very hard to spin, or won't spin at all, you need a new fan clutch assy. Also, you'll need a big wrench and pulley holding tool to get the fan off as they're threaded onto the water pump shaft. Let me know what you find out. By the way, napaonline.com lists them for about $76.00
Daily driver: 1996 Dakota Sport 4X2, 3.9L, Auto, a/c, cruise, stereo. Stock except hi flow cat, and those darn rust holes in the rear wheel openings, bottom of the doors and rockers that are increasing in size everytime I look (sucks), 126,000 miles and change.