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Old 01-15-2010, 04:04 PM   #12
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Just did my thermostat on my automatic (mechanical fan) E46. Everything went well except for getting of the fan. There is an expensive tool sold my a number of sites but Puri 13's method http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...ht=fan+removal worked like a charm. The wrench and hammer worked great! I did slide a thin piece of sheet metal between the wrench and the hoses so that they would not get damaged. I hit it (hard) 3 times and the rest was easy. Replacing it, Once you get a 1/4 turn on the shaft, it will just spin on. Got a 1 1/2 open end wrench at Auto Zone for $11 for the job. Puri 13, great idea and savings! Thanks a lot!
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