I recently purchased a 92 325i. After having the car for a couple of days I noticed the temp guage creeping up towards the hot mark. I read a few online articles that pointed to the fan clutch. Being the mechanica that I am (ya right!
) I wrapped up a nice stick of newspaper to stick in the fan to check the clutch. Sure enough... stopped all too easy.
Cool... I found the problem. So I go to Autozone...mhhmm... and got a replacement "made in china" clutch for it. After installing it I re-tried the newspaper trick and the thing chopped right into it. Worked like a charm! ... Well after about 20 minutes here goes the guage traveling toward red again.
I stuck the newspaper in and, sure enough, it stopped again. Thios clutch works maybe 20% of the time, but it seems like after I rev the engine up a time or two it dies on me. If I drive at 2500rpm or lower it always engages perfectly.
I went over to BMW and grabbed another clutch for it today, and it never even tried to work. It barely spins at idle, and the car heats up REALLY fast with it on there. Same thing with the newspaper again. No dice...
Have you guys ever seen bad clutches this much? I mean...geeez...could they be this unreliable?