View Full Version : do i need a fan clutch?

06-05-2009, 12:20 AM
Hey guys, If my car is overheating in traffic/drive-thru's (not overheating but needle creeping up to the red) I heard a new fan clutch will solve it.

I looked for it on realoem but nothing about a fan clutch, just a fan coupling?
help. I'm going to be doing the T-belt very soon so I would like to tackle it at the same time. Anything else I should replace (besides the water pump) or look for signs of wear?
And how do I know that the fan clutch is bad?

Bimmer Heaven
06-05-2009, 12:36 AM
I would say 99% sure its your fan clutch (aka fan coupling)...To test, get the car warmed up, roll up a newspaper and put in on the blades; if it stops with no resistance, its BAD...if it shreads the paper, well you get the idea! *th-up*

I should have one or two used one in stock...

06-05-2009, 01:13 AM
k, awesome! thanks. If that's the case I'll get one off you then.

Anything I should tackle while I have the t-belt off? maybe head gasket? or is that waaay too much work? (I'm not mechanically inclined either)

06-05-2009, 09:53 AM
Waterpump, tensioner and camshaft seal are good things to do when doing the t-belt.

The head doesn't come off for the t-belt, so you'd only change the headgasket if it needed to be changed.