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Old 06-28-2005, 11:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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whats up guys!!

my fan clutch is going and i want to know how to take it out. can some tell he how to do it!!
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Old 06-29-2005, 06:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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First, if you have the large nut on back of fan that screws to water pump shaft, it is a right hand thread. You need to hold the fan assembly solid while loosening the nut (toward drivers side fender USA versions). There is a tool sold but if you can hold the belts tight then the nut (22MM I believe or a 1 1/4" open end wrench filed out a wee bit) can be loosend and unwscrewed. After fan is out take the old clutch off (mine had four allen head screws) and replace with new clutch. Reinstall remembering that the big nut is right hand thread. You may need to removbe fan shroud for working room or mybe not.
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I meant LEFT HAND THREAD, Dislexia is everywhere.
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The large nut is 32MM not 22MM, bad day at the brain farm.
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but if i hold the fan and turn the nut will the will spinn freely????????
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You must hold the assembly that the fan attaches to, that part between fan and big nut or the fan will just free wheel.
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okay now i'am going to use a wrench!!
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If you are lucky and put that 32 mm wrench on the big nut and then hit the wrench with a hammer (counter clockwise) she might just break loose and you are then home free as the nut will slowly turn off.
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My brain is still in default. The nut turns off in a clockwise direction and tightens in a counter clockwise direction. This just them opposite of Righty Tighty and Lefty Loosey. I need to have a session with Sam Adams.
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My brain is still in default. The nut turns off in a clockwise direction and tightens in a counter clockwise direction. This just them opposite of Righty Tighty and Lefty Loosey. I need to have a session with Sam Adams.
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okay i'am going to try it today and i'am going to change the raditor too!!!!!!!!
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