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Old 08-06-2005, 04:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I own a 318i 5 speed. The engine cooling fan is electric. But this may be a problem because everybody tell me that it is a mechanical fan. Altough my Haynes manual says is an electric too!!!. It is interesting because I see the water pump and it looks like is accepting a mechanical setup. But the fan that I have is electric and looks BMW OEM. If anybody has this setup or knows the part number please let me know.
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Old 08-06-2005, 04:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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this is the exact same fan I have. I took this picture out of Ebay. It came off a 98 318ti.
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Old 08-06-2005, 06:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Some had a viscous as well as an electric fan and others just an electric fan. It looks as if your 318 had just the electirc fan (located on engine side of the radiator). Welcome to the world of BMW whre not even the engineers know what went into what.
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Here is the damn fan. If you guys know or have this fan let me know if you also have a auxiliary fan. I know what you said Bear, I'm just trying to find out if anybody has this or not.
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Old 08-07-2005, 12:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Here is the damn fan. If you guys know or have this fan let me know if you also have a auxiliary fan. I know what you said Bear, I'm just trying to find out if anybody has this or not.
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Old 08-07-2005, 09:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Oh no this set up is so different. I went to this site even inputing my VIN and it tells me I got a mechanical setup. , the funny thing is that I don't even know if I should have a Aux fan because I don't see a hook up for it anywhere.
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Oh no this set up is so different. I went to this site even inputing my VIN and it tells me I got a mechanical setup. , the funny thing is that I don't even know if I should have a Aux fan because I don't see a hook up for it anywhere.
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This car was obviously modified. Search for "fan delete mod" throughout the various forums it may help.
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Old 08-08-2005, 12:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Oh no this set up is so different. I went to this site even inputing my VIN and it tells me I got a mechanical setup. , the funny thing is that I don't even know if I should have a Aux fan because I don't see a hook up for it anywhere.
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Is the fan mounted on the backside (in engine compartment) of the radiator? I suspect this is a original, non clutch fan set up. did tyhe fan run? Did you try jumpering it frm the battery to see if the fan motor is good. Try going to roadfly,register, and using your model/series, post this issue
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Hold that thought, I asked the question on ROADFLY, E36 board and one response was that the '98 318 has one fan and it is electrcial and mounted behind the radiator. So it has to have a temperature switch (either in top of radiator or base of radiator) and the jumpering of that swtich from battery should run the fan (if the fan is ggod and the swich is good). Jump the fan motor now that it is out and see if the fan runs and that will eleiminate the fan as being good or bad. If fan runs then time to jumper the fan switch (with fan hooked up) to test the switch.
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yup i have that fan and it runs at two speeds depending on temp and if i am using the ac.
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