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Old 07-13-2012, 11:05 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by limenuke View Post
- If you remove the main clutch fan but do NOT get a lower t-stat and fan switch for the aux fan (which we assume to be working), how will the car fare?

Well I'm back in Toronto and with my car.

Things I noticed:
1) No white smoke out of back of engine. (Good!)
2) No visible oil in coolant. (Good!)
3) No coolant visible in oil from dip stick checks. (Good!)
4) Unplugged coolant overflow hose & wet radiator (cracked rad maybe? I'll have to see once I bleed the system).
5) It's a bitch to get the fan clutch out without a fan tool. I need a 3lb sledge. Smashing the end of the 32mm wrench with rubber mallet or pipe wrench is not doing the trick. I've been told you can shove something into the pulley to try to increase the friction of the belts. Doesn't sound healthy for the car though.

Anyone want to chime in?
I don't know, I put in the full kit: 80c thermostat, water wetter (though I've changed coolant since so guess not), fan nut cap, and let's not forget a working auxiliary fan.

P.s. if you decide to keep a fan clutch, I think I still have one you can have for $30.

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