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Old 10-12-2012, 10:46 PM   #41
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Bimmersgarage, I didn't install the clutch backwards, I installed the fan backwards, take another look.
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:53 PM   #42
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That fan clutch (and blades) was fighting a loosing battle... Trying to Push hot radiator air back out the front kidney grills against the oncoming wind while driving. Plus the force of the auxiliary fan (when it kicked in).

I bet you damaged your fan clutch having it "lock up" and being force to spin the wrong direction because of the inverted fan blades.


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Bimmersgarage, I didn't install the clutch backwards, I installed the fan backwards, take another look.
It was backwards in relations to the fan blades.

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Old 10-12-2012, 11:07 PM   #43
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Don't jinx it bimmers! It's still good!
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:11 PM   #44
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I'm being completely serious.
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:12 PM   #45
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should have bought a manuel
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:06 AM   #46
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I went ahead and took the fan clutch again to inspect it. It turns out the fan was in the correct position. I let the clutch sit upright for 10 minutes, and reinstalled everything. I'm out with the wife for a little errands and the noise is gone. I have no clue how it worked, but it did. Not only that the motor feels a bit stronger.
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:19 PM   #47
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Mistakes such as that do happen. Take a lesson from it on the next DIY project.
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Old 10-13-2012, 02:14 PM   #48
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Guys, the noise is back, great -_- The Meyle fan clutch is defective. Just sent an email to BMA for a replacement, this sucks. Other than that I fixed everything else.
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Old 10-13-2012, 02:15 PM   #49
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Once I get the replacement I'll report back. It seems like there are a lot of defective fan clutch units going around.
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Old 10-13-2012, 02:21 PM   #50
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Old 10-13-2012, 02:26 PM   #51
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Merc, I wish there were a manual at the time of purchase. But as I previously mentioned, I didn't have good credit at the time to choose exactly what I wanted. I've always driven manual, trust me I love it. I feel more in contact with manual cars. Unfortunately, the dealer I get my cars from don't really buy many manuals, but a variety of automatics..bleh. Really though, when I saw this car I fell in love with it. It really looks nice. The stock m3 wheels look really aggressive (at least to me), so I bought it. Once I'm through with the repairs I'm planning on modding it. My previous car had been lowered with Tein s tech springs (big mistake), I should've done coil-overs. I kinda' have an itch to do coil-overs, but I don't want to scrape. And I was looking at Linea corse, CSL, and TSW wheels that I liked. Basically, I'm looking for an aggressive stance- somewhere in the 18 times 10 inch wide wheel for the rear and 8.5 In the front, just ideas.
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Old 10-24-2012, 02:22 PM   #52
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So I received a replacement for the defective fan clutch I received and I still have the annoying fan sound. It's far less, but it's still there. So I think I'll go ahead and replace the fan, since that might just be the problem. I hear they tend to warp over time from all the engine heat. I think it's like $12, so I really hope this cures the problem. I'll report back as soon as it comes in.
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Old 10-27-2012, 10:22 PM   #53
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