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Old 03-03-2014, 06:46 PM   #1
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AutoZone's Fan Removal Tool

I called AutoZone to see if they had the tool to remove the fan on an automatic and they said they rent it out for $25. Has anyone ever used one of their tools for the removal? I'm planning on removing the mechanical fan and installing an electric fan so it's a one time expense.
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Old 03-03-2014, 06:59 PM   #2
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$25 is too high for a simple tool like that.

Mine came off using the wrench/hammer method. Yours might too since you live in a corrosion-friendly state.


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Old 03-03-2014, 07:02 PM   #3
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Yikes...you can almost buy one for that price. Have you tried removing it first with just a wrench and a quick blow/hit to the wrench with your hand or hammer?
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:03 PM   #4
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Yikes...you can almost buy one for that price. Have you tried removing it first with just a wrench and a quick hit to the wrench with your hand or hammer?
It's free when he returns it.

Apparently the tool is GM/BMW so it probably works. Might as well try it out. Nothing to lose.
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:23 PM   #5
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Haven't tried to remove it yet, but since it's free, it doesn't hurt to try it!
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:28 PM   #6
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I called AutoZone to see if they had the tool to remove the fan on an automatic and they said they rent it out for $25. Has anyone ever used one of their tools for the removal? I'm planning on removing the mechanical fan and installing an electric fan so it's a one time expense.
Yes! The one for 25$ should be a two piece thats made to be used on Fords that actually work.. well one wrench work. The fork one work to go around the bolts on the clutch fan and i used a crescent wrench on the 32mm fan bolt and i turn it off .. now if you do go this method i recommend using a 32mm open end on that fan bolt because its thinner and longer.. but either way i did it
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It is free when the tool is returned.. My local autozone only has for domestic cars and it wont work on the e46. Maybe yours is different
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Yes! The one for 25$ should be a two piece thats made to be used on Fords that actually work.. well one wrench work. The fork one work to go around the bolts on the clutch fan and i used a crescent wrench on the 32mm fan bolt and i turn it off .. now if you do go this method i recommend using a 32mm open end on that fan bolt because its thinner and longer.. but either way i did it
I got a 32mm wrench from home depot(the only store that had a 32mm in my area for some reason) and it was too fat. I went to autzone and saw the tool and im thinking of getting it loaned tonight, but I wanted to make sure its all ill need

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I have the fan clutch holder, but I usually just smack the wrench with a hammer.
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Old 06-25-2014, 03:11 PM   #10
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I got a 32mm wrench from home depot(the only store that had a 32mm in my area for some reason) and it was too fat. I went to autzone and saw the tool and im thinking of getting it loaned tonight, but I wanted to make sure its all ill need
bike shops usually have that size wrench when in a jam, it's commonly used in bicycle kits for the cranks and thin sized too
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I got a 32mm wrench from home depot(the only store that had a 32mm in my area for some reason) and it was too fat. I went to autzone and saw the tool and im thinking of getting it loaned tonight, but I wanted to make sure its all ill need

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Old 06-25-2014, 03:54 PM   #12
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I worked on an E46 the other day. Didn't even need a counter-tool.

1) take adjustable wrench and put on nut

2) use hand to turn

This fan clutch tool myth has to stop. I've never had to touch one in my life and must've worked on 50-75 BMWs
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Old 06-26-2014, 12:51 PM   #14
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I picked up a 32mm wrench at Harbor Freight tools....need it for my 525i when removing the tie rods. I think it was about (or under) $10.
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