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Old 16 Sep 2018, 09:55 pm
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Evening!

Sadly, the time has come and I believe I may need to replace my radiator fan assembly. Whenever the fan runs, it make a grinding/scraping noise. It started a couple months ago. It makes the noise whether the A/C is on or if I've been driving for a while and come to a light and the fan kicks on. The A/C works just fine and then temp stays right in the middle, so it is working, albeit noisily.

Has anyone else had to replace this before? Is it possible I could get away with maybe just replacing the (Theoretically) bent fan shroud? Should I source one from an autoparts store, junkyard or one of you fine folks parting out your first gen?

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Old 17 Sep 2018, 12:00 am
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I would suggest buying a new radiator fan from RockAuto.com. I don't like taking chances of overheating the engine.
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Old 17 Sep 2018, 06:39 am
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I second PTCruiserSteve. Get a new one from RockAuto, AdvancedAuto, etc. wherever you choose.

I just replaced mine a couple weeks ago, out and back in, in about 30 minutes. There are a total of 6 10mm bolts holding the fan to the radiator, mine only had the top two and bottom two (the radiator had been replaced before I bought the car). You will have to remove the grille, the upper radiator support, the upper hose from the radiator, and the air box.

When you do get it apart, be ABSOLUTELY SURE the plug from the wiring harness doesn't show any signs that it overheated (melting of plastic, burned prongs, etc.). Mine had problem with this and I ended up cutting the plugs and hard-wiring the fan into the harness.

From what I understand replacement plugs can be had, but I was in a crunch and had to do it that way.

Good luck and take your time.
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Old 17 Sep 2018, 07:48 am
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This video shows how to do it.



By removing the grill, partially draining the coolant and disconnecting the upper radiator hose, it makes removing the fan a piece of cake. Make sure you press in the red lock tab after you connect the fan otherwise it will likely pop loose.
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Old 17 Sep 2018, 12:09 pm
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I recommend you take the battery support plate off to give the radiator fan more room to remove it to prevent damage on the radiator trying to remove it and install the new one.
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Old 17 Sep 2018, 01:10 pm
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take out your dipstick too, I bent mine removing the fan
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Old 17 Sep 2018, 02:11 pm
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take out your dipstick too, I bent mine removing the fan
Bent? That's it? I broke the plastic off halfway down the hole. I had a hell of a time getting the stub off to replace. Worst part is that I considered it, but didn't want debris falling in the open dipstick tube. Next time I will use tape or a rag.
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Old 17 Sep 2018, 03:36 pm
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take out your dipstick too, I bent mine removing the fan
You are still talking about working on the PT, right
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Old 17 Sep 2018, 04:34 pm
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Y'all jinxed me! Fan died on my way home from work. Off to AutoZone!
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Old 17 Sep 2018, 04:55 pm
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FYI when you drain the radiator to disconnect the upper radiator hose, you only need to drain maybe 1-2 quarts. You can check the level of "drainage" by removing the radiator cap and drain until the top of the thermostat is exposed. This clears the upper radiator hose so you can now disconnect it without making a mess. No need to drain any further. You can then simply put the fluid back in when you're done and you know exactly how much ought to go back in because you caught it all.
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