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Old 06-09-2011, 11:20 AM   #1
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DIY: Aux/mechanical fan to electric fan swap

All you need is is this:

floor jack and one jack stand
philips screwdriver
I think Torx 20 head
8" extension
ratchet
8mm socket or 8mm wrench
9mm socket
13mm socket
fan clutch tools
OEM electric fan: 17117561757
Expanding rivets: 51718229003 (4)
51118174185 (as many as your break)
51471919209 (as many as your break)


- Jack up one side of car (I did the drivers side) and put one jack on the metal plate
- Remove the 8mm bolts holding bumper to the fender liners
- Take out the reinforcement bolts with 9mm socket/ratchet/extension
- Slide bumper out (unclip wiring for fogs and horn)
- Take out the top air intake
- The center duct is held by four pop in screws
- Aux fan is held by four 13mm nuts, take them out
- Disconnect the aux fan by the fan shroud in the engine bay
- Slide the fan out
- Put the center duct back in and top air intake
- Put the front bumper back on in reverse order (slide in, put in the two reinforcement bar bolts and the assorted bolts to the liners.
- Next you have to take the mechanical fan out
- Pop out the fan control unit on the shroud and the other wiring and put them to the side
- Take out the 1 torx screw on the passenger side top and loosen up the fan shroud
- Use the fan clutch tool to loosen the bolt and take out the assembly
- Take your electric fan and slide it against the radiator and screw in the torx screw
- Plug the electric fan to the connector where the aux fan was plugged into
- Place back the control unit and the other wiring to the electric fan shroud

Viola, you're done.


I will make a DIY video later.

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Old 06-11-2011, 02:39 PM   #2
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Let me add some pictures.
Got BEHR fan for $199 shipped from here: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...=STRK:MEWNX:IT


Work in progress:



Yuck!


I am so glad I had to mess with mech fan removal for LAST time!



Now, need to cleanup the crap off the condenser and begin to assemble back.

Ok, job's done!




I tested it by idling and monitoring coolant temp (func 7.0). Fan engages at 90C at slow speed (no A/C) and if I turn on A/C and temp rises up to 92C the fan starts to work faster and temp quickly goes down back to 90C. But even at high speed its noise is a whisper in comparison with aux/mech fans' noise. Later will do a test drive.
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Old 06-11-2011, 02:40 PM   #3
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Thanks for the pics. I am still waiting for my friend if he wants to do it.
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Old 06-11-2011, 02:47 PM   #4
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A little bit more detailed DIY for bumper removal (btw, I never used 9mm during the process (coupe))
http://www.e46fanatics.com/howto/how...hp?howto_id=41
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Old 06-11-2011, 02:59 PM   #5
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All you need is is this:

floor jack and one jack stand
philips screwdriver
I think Torx 20 head
8" extension
ratchet
8mm socket or 8mm wrench
9mm socket
13mm socket
fan clutch tools
OEM electric fan: 17117561757


- Jack up one side of car (I did the drivers side) and put one jack on the metal plate
- Remove the 8mm bolts holding bumper to the fender liners
- Take out the reinforcement bolts with 9mm socket/ratchet/extension
- Slide bumper out (unclip wiring for fogs and horn)
- Take out the top air intake
- The center duct is held by four pop in screws
- Aux fan is held by four 13mm nuts, take them out
- Disconnect the aux fan by the fan shroud in the engine bay
- Slide the fan out
- Put the center duct back in and top air intake
- Put the front bumper back on in reverse order (slide in, put in the two reinforcement bar bolts and the assorted bolts to the liners.
- Next you have to take the mechanical fan out
- Pop out the fan control unit on the shroud and the other wiring and put them to the side
- Take out the 1 torx screw on the passenger side top and loosen up the fan shroud
- Use the fan clutch tool to loosen the bolt and take out the assembly
- Take your electric fan and slide it against the radiator and screw in the torx screw
- Plug the electric fan to the connector where the aux fan was plugged into
- Place back the control unit and the other wiring to the electric fan shroud

Viola, you're done.


I will make a DIY video later.
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Old 06-15-2011, 02:15 PM   #6
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So let me get this straight, you don't need the front pusher fan once you do this mod??
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Old 06-15-2011, 02:16 PM   #7
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Correct.
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Sorry if I over read anything but can't you just leave the pusher fan on the car? What's the point of taking it off too?
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You can leave it disconnected, since the new fan will use the same connector the aux fan is using now. And as a downside of this decision - much worse air flow, since the shroud of the aux fan is pretty big. Plus, take a look on my pics above, how much crap is collected under the aux fan.
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Sorry if I over read anything but can't you just leave the pusher fan on the car? What's the point of taking it off too?
You can only have the electric fan alone. I would take it out because it will prevent airflow to go on the ac condenser.
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Ok I see, so that electric fan alone will keep the engine from over heating? Because 2 years ago I took out the mechanical fan and I've only been running the pusher fan, but damn that thing gets really REALLY loud.
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I wouldn't run only the aux fan.....

Just do the swap.
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Interested in this swap, can you provide some more detail behind your motivation for it?
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Old 06-16-2011, 10:27 PM   #14
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- No truck sound when the car is hot
- No chance of the mechanical fan blowing up and taking out MANY parts
- Car feels more responsive due to less drag on the engine
- Better airflow to ac condenser
- Electric fan held by one screw, no special tool needed like the mechanical fan
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Add one more - better gas mileage. Before the swap my average weekly mpg was 23 - 23.5. Now it is 25 - 25.5. Nothing else was changed in the car.
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See the original thread for more info:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=744994

Many thanks to Solidjake for writing up a DIY though!
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This is sweet, I was planning on doing this to my auto but wasn't to sure about keeping or removing the outer fan, but now i know. Another thing i wasnt to sure of was wether to stick with an OEM fan or not, since OEM is alot easier ill just stick with it. Thanks for the good info

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Today I reached 27 MPG - I never seen this number on my dashboard! Wow.
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