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#1 (permalink) Old 07-17-2004, 08:39 PM
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do you have to have that special narrow 32mm wrench to get the fan off?
isnt there another way, i cant get the thermostat housing off with the fan on.
im right in the middle of this so any quick help is aprreciated
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No, you don't. I just used a cresent wrench it fit right in there.

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yeah i have a wrench that fits on it but i cant get it to break loose the
pulleys just turn. ghead
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A 1 1/4" wrench filed up a bit at a time will do the trick (25MM to the inch for government work). I used this metod, I also filed the out side ot the wrench head down to give me a little more roo behind the fan blade. Nest trick is to hold the fan in place while whacking on the wrench, I use big vise grips to pinch the belt together while I whack that 32 MM nut.
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Put a vice grips on one of the pullies and onto something that won't move. That's what I had to do, I've also heard a 6mm allen wrench fits in between the thigns on the water pump, but I never tried that.

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