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Old 02-12-2009, 07:20 AM   #1
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Default Removing clutch fan without special tool...

So I've pulled the plastic fan itself by removing the four little allen bolts and now I'm trying to figure out how I'm going remove the reverse threaded nut to actually pull the fan clutch off. I've looked around at some of the timing belt walk-throughs and they always say "I was able to figure it out by improvising". One said they used a little allen wrench to jam into one of the pulley's holes. I wasn't able to get anything to hold it as tightly as necessary.

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Default allen key in the hole works great each time I had to do it

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Old 02-12-2009, 07:39 AM   #3
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Default Do you stick the short end of the allen in and rotate the pulley until it hits a metal rib behind it

or the long end and then wedge it against something exterior to the pulley?
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Default long end until it wedges behind the pulley

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Default I had to order a spanner wrench($12 shipped), and it was not reverse threaded. Broke stuff trying to

use other things. Ordered from www.slgtools.com
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Default Are you talking the same thread? The fan thread is definately reverse

it's designed that way so that the fan doesn't come off due to pulley rotation.
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Default How I did it.

I put a long thin screw driver (red line) between the tabs (yellow arrow) and through a hole in the pulley. There is an allan bolt (blue arrow) behind the assembly that screws into the pulley that needs to be loosened and removed. Hope this helps.



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Default *sigh* I had a long and hard problem getting mine off.


*hehe* Everyone said it was going to be reverse threaded, but after I broke the first aluminium tab trying to get it loose by pushing the wrench to the right and slamming my hand into a bloody mess i decided maybe it went the other way. I broke the tab holding the allen trying to go the other way too. So I gave up and ordered a spanner wrench. Waited for it, and took off the long bolt by turning towards the drivers side quarter panel and resting the spanner wrench against the A/C pulley(?). That would make it normal threaded correct?


In the pic, i broke the little tabs that are supposed to hold the metal pin that is supposed to stop the pulley from spinning.

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Old 02-12-2009, 08:36 AM   #10
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Default I assume the 1.8T fan clutch setup is the same as the 30Vs?

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Old 02-12-2009, 08:38 AM   #11
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Default You were turning clockwise (looking at the front of the motor)? I believe that'd be reverse thread

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Default Didnt know you had a 30V, but my guess is they are very similar.

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Default I honestly dont recall if mine was reverse or not. Maybe I will go check in a little bit.

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Default Mine never really jammed solid, I had to maintain pressure on the allen wrench to keep things....

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Default Can you get the clutch off without removing the radiator?

Mine just started slipping and needs replacement. If I have to take the whole radiator off I'm going to go EFK, if you can do it in the car i'll probably just replace it.
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Default if you were looking at the back of the bolt I turned it to the left. Which would be

clockwise from the front. BUT as I just found out, you are a V6 so I have no idea how it works on you car.
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