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Old 11-11-2009, 12:47 PM   #1
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Fan Clutch - Brand? One I have blows...

So earlier this summer, about 1 hr into a 10 hour road trip my fan clutch decides to go while I'm in gridlock. In a miraculous chain of events, I found a garage (out of business hours) that had a supplier that got the part and installed it for me inside of an hour. Wonderful.

Being more than happy that we were on the road again I took little notice of the amount of air it was blowing (and consequently noise) the fan was making. I've determined that the clutch does not function like a clutch at all. The fan spins 1:1 with engine RPM. Sounds like a flippin' transport.

I was finally able to bring it back to the shop. The mechanic was great about it and got a new part in from the same supplier and installed it no charge. Great! Original must have been a dud part? Wrong. The new one makes the exact same noise. I don't know who manufactured the part but it did say "Made in Germany" on it.

My question now is, where should I get a *properly* working fan clutch? I intend to go and get my money back for the current fan clutch and pick something else up... but what?

In searching the forums, I found eactuning.com which offers one by ACM and another by BEHR - the former being out of stock. Should either of these do a better job?

Anyone else have any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 11-12-2009, 12:42 AM   #2
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Autopartsway.ca

Get the Sach's one, its OE replacement, and a strong brand name
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Old 11-12-2009, 12:15 PM   #3
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Thanks for the suggestion!
Free shipping too - yay.
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Old 11-12-2009, 02:22 PM   #4
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No problem, also while ur making a big order (over 75 dollars) You should chec on the little things that u might need, because its really cheap to buy it from that website, and shipping was pretty fast it was like 5 days for me.
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Old 12-01-2009, 01:01 PM   #5
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Question: is it possible to install a fan clutch backwards? The reason I ask is perhaps the one I have currently is fine but was just installed incorrectly?

I'm kinda hoping the answer is no as I've gone ahead and ordered the aforementioned part - - it's just, the image on the website looks quite similar to the part I have in there now. Here's to hoping we won't get the same results!
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Old 12-01-2009, 09:47 PM   #6
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No I don't think you can install it backwards. I have 2 working used fan clutches if anyone wants but you already ordered.
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Old 12-07-2009, 01:04 PM   #7
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doesn't the passive fan clutch always result in 1:1 ? My fan sounded like a transport right before it blew into pieces and destroyed my rad.

DO THE FAN DELETE!!! forget this clutch business and save yourself the hassle altogether.
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