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Old 01-13-2005, 12:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am new to BMW's and have found that I need to change the fan clutch. I have noticed in my searches that the nut is left hand threads. Are there any specials tools needed or can I just hold the pulley by pressing on the belt to get the nut loose. My manuals have not yet arrived so can't look there.

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http://www.unofficialbmw.com/all/tools/all...ning_tools.html

I've been looking into this also. This sight shows the tool you need to hold the nuts
in place. I have no idea where to get it. Maybe the dealer. Looks like it is a pain in the
ass to get the proper torque when reinstalling also. You figure anything out let me know. I'm getting close to 100k and want to redo the fan clutch, water pump, thermostat, and radiator.

Pelican parts talks about this tool also. No one says where to get it.
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What mechanics usually do is to brace the nut with the wrench then hit it hard with a hammer loosening the nut. You don't need to hold on to anything. Just give the wrench a few hard wacks with the hammer and it should come loose.
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ghead OK here is the latest, I call my independent shop and got a quote to replace the darn thing. So for $115.00 total they will replace it with a Behr unit. So will have it done in the morning. With as cold as it is here worth the extra $40.00 to have it done. Thanks for all the help with this. Now on to replacing the micro filter.

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