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How do I Remove The Fan From Vehicles

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

In order to replace or upgrade the cooling fan system in your Vehicles you will need to remove the existing fan. The Vehicles cooling fan is mounted to the engine with a clutch plate in the front, which regulates the movement of the fan. Removal of the Vehicles fan takes about a half hour. You can remove the fan yourself, saving you the time and money of having a mechanic do the work Vehicles you.

Under The Hood:

 How do I Remove The Fan From an S10 4.3 Vortec Water Pump?

Pop the hood. Unbolt the upper fan shroud from the core support on the engine using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket.

Place the fan holding tool from the fan clutch removal tool set onto two of the bolts that hold the fan to the fan clutch so that the tool holds the fan steady.

Place the wrench from the fan clutch removal tool set onto the hex-head nut connecting the fan clutch to the water pump. Turn the wrench against the fan holding tool so that the wrench is turning counterclockwise and loosens from the water pump. Then remove the assembly from the engine compartment.

Unbolt the fan from the fan clutch using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Pull the fan off the clutch.

Items you will need

  • 3/8-inch ratchet and socket set

  • Fan clutch removal tool set

 How to Remove the Fan From a 7.3 Diesel

Open the hood and allow the engine to cool down fully, if it has been run recently.

Place a drain pan that has at least a 5-gallon capacity under the driver's side of the radiator. Loosen the drain plug with a 19 mm wrench, and allow the coolant to drain into the pan. Tighten the plug once the radiator has drained. Slide the drain pan from under the vehicle and place it aside.

Remove the retaining bolts from the white plastic coolant tank located on top of the left side of the radiator fan shroud, using a socket and ratchet. Lift the tank straight up and pull the rubber hose off the bottom of the tank. Place the tank aside.

Locate the two retaining bolts on each side of the top of the plastic fan shroud. Loosen and remove the bolts with a socket and ratchet. Place the bolts aside. Do not try to remove the shroud yet, as the shroud and the fan need to be pulled from the engine bay together.

Squeeze together the two tabs on the hose clamp located on the upper radiator hose on the driver's side of the radiator, using a pair of pliers. Slide the clamp away from the radiator and release the tabs. Pull the hose straight back from the radiator and off the inlet pipe.

Place the jaws of a fan removal tool around two of the retaining nuts on the water pump pulley, which is attached to the fan. Place a large wrench on the center fan retaining nut located on the water pump pulley. Hold the handles of the removal tool in such a way that the fan or pulley does not turn while you loosen the fan retaining nut in a counterclockwise direction.

Spin the fan in a counterclockwise direction, by hand, until it disengages from the water pump pulley. Lift the fan and the fan shroud straight up and out of the engine bay, being careful not to damage the delicate radiator fins in the process.

Items you will need

  • 19 mm socket

  • Ratchet wrench

  • 5-gallon drain pan

  • Socket set

  • Pliers

  • Fan removal tool

  • Large wrench set

 How to Remove a Fan on a Ford Pickup

Use an open-end wrench to unfasten the negative battery cable of the Ford Pickup from the battery post before attempting to remove the fan.

Unfasten the bolts with a socket wrench to detach the fan shroud connected to the back of the radiator. Take the fan shroud out of the engine compartment and set it aside.

Unhook the plastic electrical wiring connector from the back of the cooling fan by hand. Disconnect the four bolts that are securing the fan clutch in the center of the fan blade to the pulley with a socket wrench.

Use a socket wrench to unfasten the center bolt on the fan clutch, holding the fan blade and turning the wrench counter-clockwise.

Remove the fan and cluch plate from the Ford pickup engine compartment by hand, setting it out of the way.

Items you will need

  • Open-end wrench

  • Socket wrench set

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