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Old 09-21-2010, 08:52 PM   #1
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2002 Jeep TJ AC - Mechanical or Electric Fan

I'm about to put an aftermarket AC unit on my daughter's 2002 Jeep TJ. The site I'm ordering from says to make sure the jeep has a mechanical, not an electric fan. Since my daughter is away at college and I can't see this, can you determine this from the VIN number? Is there an easy way to visually identify this?

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If you have not removed the stock clutch fan....and installed any aftermarket electric fan....it's is a mechanical fan.


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Thanks for your reply and your warm welcome, but one more bit of clarification needed. You mentioned a stock clutch fan. I looked at my original post and noticed I didn't state that my question was related to the radiator fan. Does your answer still apply?

I'm a novice, so humor me, this is likely the biggest piece of automotive work I've taken on.
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Some Jeep owners replace their radiator's stock fan with an electric one to conserve power and add more control to their engine's cooling ability (the electric one is powered by the battery instead of by the engine). Unless her Jeep has a noticeably wired and modified radiator fan, it should be the stock one (this is something she should be able to identify and relay back to you on the phone). There should be pictures available on this forum or google of an installed electric fan to use as reference.
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If you think of it and have the time, do a pictorial step-by-step of your install.... We love those. This is a mod that I would like to do one day too and a how-to with pictures would be awesome.
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Thanks for your reply and your warm welcome, but one more bit of clarification needed. You mentioned a stock clutch fan. I looked at my original post and noticed I didn't state that my question was related to the radiator fan. Does your answer still apply?

I'm a novice, so humor me, this is likely the biggest piece of automotive work I've taken on.
What other fan are you asking about? You don't state what fan. The blower? All blower fans are elec period. The blower has nothing to interfere with installing A/C.
The cooling fan can be an issue.
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Can you post a link as to where you are buying this AC kit from?
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an electric fan was never available in the wrangler from the factory, they are only available aftermarket, so it would have needed to have been installed after the jeep was purchased from the dealer. if you have never replaced the fan, then it is most likely a mechanical fan (aka clutch fan). is there a way of getting a picture of the fan in question?
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Ok. Here's the link directly to the AC unit in question.
2002 TJ Wrangler AC Kit 2.5 Liter Engine
The site is jeepair.com
According to the individual that I talked to at this establishment, the 2002 model year had both electric and mechanical radiator fans. I to date haven't been able to validate the accuracy of that statement, but the site specifically says if you have an electric version, to order a later model kit.
Regarding the step by step pictures, I'd be happy to, but here's hoping the end result isn't me curled in defeat on the garage floor.
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Oh, and I'm working on the pictures. The jeep is in another city currently, and I am in Dallas. My daughter took pictures, but really didn't know her way around the engine and took pictures of other items, but alas no radiator fan. Likely won't have them until Monday when she flies back.
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OK. The AC has been confirmed as mechanical and the unit is ordered. I will try and provide pictures of the installation process. This may be a bit of a premature statement, but I am optimistic based on the great response I've received from the jeepair.com site (looks like the actual 'CEO' of the company is one that has responded to my email, Jon Delucia).

Supposedly, the kit comes with a video and detailed instructions. I'll keep you posted.
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an electric fan was never available in the wrangler from the factory, they are only available aftermarket, so it would have needed to have been installed after the jeep was purchased from the dealer. if you have never replaced the fan, then it is most likely a mechanical fan (aka clutch fan). is there a way of getting a picture of the fan in question?
My 04 2.4L has an electric fan from the factory. In fact you can almost stand betweent he fan and engine.

If the TJ is away at school have them open the hood and take a picture of the fan. What kid does not have a cellphone with a camera.

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