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Old 10-15-2009, 06:08 PM   #1
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Trouble getting the fan out...help

I was going to replace the ac/Serpentine belt but got stuck on the fan part. The fan nut was so tight that I couldn’t move it with the Fan removal tool with the 32mm wrench.

Should I turn clockwise or counter clockwise to loose the fan nut?

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Old 10-15-2009, 06:43 PM   #2
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the fan clutch is reverse thread... therefore, righty loosey lefty tighty
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Old 10-15-2009, 06:49 PM   #3
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the fan clutch is reverse thread... therefore, righty loosey lefty tighty
Yep!
Be careful not to break the T-stat
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Old 10-15-2009, 08:19 PM   #4
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righty loosey and a little bit of elbow grease
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Old 10-15-2009, 08:28 PM   #5
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But why remove the fan to change out the belts when you just need to move the tensioners.
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Old 10-15-2009, 08:30 PM   #6
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But why remove the fan to change out the belts when you just need to move the tensioners.
fan is in the way...he has an auto
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Old 10-15-2009, 08:32 PM   #7
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But why remove the fan to change out the belts when you just need to move the tensioners.
Because you need to remove the fan to be able to do it
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Old 10-15-2009, 08:34 PM   #8
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That is BS I have done it with the fan in and I have an auto.
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Old 10-15-2009, 08:54 PM   #9
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That is BS I have done it with the fan in and I have an auto.
I don't know how the hell you pulled that off.
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Old 10-15-2009, 09:00 PM   #10
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Its much easier to remove the fan and quicker. No need fot the tool , just whack it with a hammer to the right. comes right off
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Old 10-16-2009, 03:20 AM   #11
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well if the fan is an issue you can do it with out taking out the fan... just work your way around the fan... pull it between the fan and fan shroud. You will need to spinn the fan and work it out but it will work. You just gotta sit and picture it. Just put the belt around one fan fin at a time.
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:12 AM   #12
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It's possible to do the belts with the fan on, but it's a helluva hassle. If you have the right tools, it's less work to just remove the fan and shroud.
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:12 AM   #13
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That is BS I have done it with the fan in and I have an auto.
May be you did it under the car?
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:22 AM   #14
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May be you did it under the car?
Yeah I put my ac belt back on from underneath without taking out the fan. I have a manual though.
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:28 AM   #15
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I went from underneath to replace both belts, a bit of a hassle but easier than taking the fan off. 50mm torx socket and a long handled rachet worked well....be careful under the car though, jack stands are a must!
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Old 12-28-2009, 04:28 PM   #16
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Alright...just found this thread as I'm in the garage with my coolant drained and I cannot get the fan clutch to break loose! I've got the fan clutch tool, 32mm socket and I'm banging the wrench with a rubber mallet to the right (reverse thread) and the MF will not budge!!! Any ideas or tricks to get this thing to break loose?!?!? Do these things seize up?
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Alright...just found this thread as I'm in the garage with my coolant drained and I cannot get the fan clutch to break loose! I've got the fan clutch tool, 32mm socket and I'm banging the wrench with a rubber mallet to the right (reverse thread) and the MF will not budge!!! Any ideas or tricks to get this thing to break loose?!?!? Do these things seize up?
Try a regular hammer. The rubber mallet is absorbing some of the force. Just be careful swinging obviously.
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Old 03-26-2010, 02:55 PM   #18
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For future reference - Here's a DIY video for anyone that needs to remove their Radiator Fan/clutch (with automatic trans.) to work on their belts, pulleys, water pump, thermostat(s), or any other component near the front of their motor...

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