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Old 02-16-2005, 11:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i just lost all the blades from the motor fan when in hit the radiator. But before this, everytime i go under the hood and check the engine i would try to move the fan and it wouldnt move freely but when i turn the engine on, it would start normally like nothing was wrong. Does anyone know the cause of this? and how did the blades hit the radiator? im up to $900 in repairs already ghead
im might be leaning towards bad motor mounts but im not sure
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Old 02-16-2005, 11:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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well, you should try getting some kind of estimate by either a good mechanic... or worst comes to worst! go to the dealer!
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Old 02-17-2005, 09:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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this isnt uncommon for bmws to have this incident happen, it could be due to lots of things like your motormount theory (however it would have to be due to a hard breaking where the engine shifted just slightly)

what exactly was the damages that cost you up to $900? the clutch fan isnt that much and a few hoses, a fan shroud and some coolant cant amount that much. and they are all very easy to install yourself to save labor cost.

as to why the clutch fan may have shown resistance when you tried to turn it is because it is what it is.... a clutch fan.
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Exactly what furious said.
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this isnt uncommon for bmws to have this incident happen, it could be due to lots of things like your motormount theory (however it would have to be due to a hard breaking where the engine shifted just slightly)

what exactly was the damages that cost you up to $900? the clutch fan isnt that much and a few hoses, a fan shroud and some coolant cant amount that much. and they are all very easy to install yourself to save labor cost.

as to why the clutch fan may have shown resistance when you tried to turn it is because it is what it is.... a clutch fan.
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maybe the rad is trash also?
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very well could be, also the dealers always try to soak you for the hood liner and body work if it damaged the hood like ive read has happened more than once. its hard to speculate without knowing what is damaged.
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thanks for the help ill just repair everything myself to save $$$...the radiator, the hoses, the fan shroud and anythng else that has to do with the fan was damaged.
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just out of curiousity what was the list of parts that were destroyed?
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just out of curiousity what was the list of parts that were destroyed?
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radiator, top hose, fan, fan clutch, fan shroud, coolant resovoir...btw is there a hose connecting to the water pump or a belt? because i think that is destroyed too
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here is a pic of where your water pump is, as you can see the thermostat is above it (no hoses on it at the moment) serpentine belt drives the water pump. no hoses.
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