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Old 09-25-2012, 06:04 PM   #1
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So im trying to remove my fan.. i apply a wrench to the nut and smack the wrench with a hammer but its just spinning how do i keep the pully from spinning?

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Old 09-25-2012, 06:13 PM   #2
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It's easiest to just go to the auto parts store and borrow or rent the set of tools to remove the fan nut. Some people have good luck with the wrench and hammer technique, but it didn't work for me. Leave the fan belt on to help hold the fan still, or I have read about others using a strap wrench. I borrowed the tools from Orilleys and it helped a lot on both removing and reinstalling the fan.

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Old 09-25-2012, 07:03 PM   #3
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(I assume the belt is on) You need at least a 13" adjustable wrench so in the vertical position it clears the top of the fan shroud. With a hammer give it a quick hard hit towards the passenger side.
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:05 PM   #4
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That nut is TIGHT and of the many times I've had to take it off, the best tool for the job that works consistently to make it a fairly easy job is a big strap wrench to hold the fan pulley.



Take the serpentine belt off. Position the strap wrench so it gets tight as you are pushing on it towards the driver's side while you pull towards the passenger side on the big wrench on the nut. I use a huge crescent wrench on it and sometimes clamp a set of vise grips onto it and pull from the vise grips for more leverage. That pops the nut loose every time with the least amount of drama.

If you see two different sizes of strap wrench, make sure to get the bigger of the two. The strap of a quality strap wrench will be multi-layered like a serpentine belt. Look at the side of the strap to verify you see some threads in the middle of iit indicating multi-layer. The strap on cheap strap wrenches like Harbor Freight Tools sells are solid rubber which will snap without much force being placed on it.
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:18 PM   #5
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Leave the fan belt on to help hold the fan still...
Holding the fan still serves no purpose; it's the pulley that needs to be counterheld. Leaving the belt in place does help in that regard.
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+1 on the strap wrench. I got a cheapy from the auto parts store and ended up cutting the strap with the lever. I was still able to easily remove the nut though since it didn't cut all the way through it.
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:06 AM   #7
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That nut is TIGHT and of the many times I've had to take it off, the best tool for the job that works consistently to make it a fairly easy job is a big strap wrench to hold the fan pulley.



Take the serpentine belt off. Position the strap wrench so it gets tight as you are pushing on it towards the driver's side while you pull towards the passenger side on the big wrench on the nut. I use a huge crescent wrench on it and sometimes clamp a set of vise grips onto it and pull from the vise grips for more leverage. That pops the nut loose every time with the least amount of drama.

If you see two different sizes of strap wrench, make sure to get the bigger of the two. The strap of a quality strap wrench will be multi-layered like a serpentine belt. Look at the side of the strap to verify you see some threads in the middle of iit indicating multi-layer. The strap on cheap strap wrenches like Harbor Freight Tools sells are solid rubber which will snap without much force being placed on it.
thats what im going with thanks.. ill be attempting this evening.

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