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Old 30 Jun 2012, 09:54 am
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I have a 2005 PT Cruiser that needs the cooling fan replaced. It looks pretty straight forward. I want to tackle the job myself. My only concern is, it looks very tight to try and remove the assembly throught the top of the engine compartment. Can anyone help with this one. Does it remove from the bottom?

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Old 30 Jun 2012, 11:05 am
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NO, from the top. Try this:

Removing the fan and housing 01-05 PT

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Old 30 Jun 2012, 11:13 am
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It comes out through the top. I just did it and here is the write-up from Dorman Products I used:

1. Disconnect negative cable from battery.
2. Remove battery and battery tray attaching screws. Move tray rearward for clearance.
3. Drain cooling system below upper hose.
4. Remove grille.
5. Remove upper radiator support crossmember.
6. Remove upper radiator hose from radiator.
7. Hoist vehicle.
8. Disconnect radiator fan electrical connector.
9. Remove the two lower and left side radiator fan screws.
10. Lower vehicle and remove the remaining fan screws.
CAUTION: Care should be taken not to damage the radiator cooling fins and tubes during fan removal.
11. Remove radiator fan by lifting up from the engine compartment.

Installation:

Basically, reverse order. Fan screws are to be torqued to 55 inch pounds.
One thing not mentioned was to remove the air box prior to the battery.
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Old 30 Jun 2012, 11:40 am
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I wonder why the airbox, battery and battery tray has to be removed? Sure didn't have to touch any of that when I replaced mine.
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Old 30 Jun 2012, 11:56 am
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Thank you very much!
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Old 30 Jun 2012, 01:08 pm
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Definitely no need to remove the battery...
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Old 30 Jun 2012, 02:59 pm
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I think it made it easier to tip the fan away from the radiator.
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Old 30 Jun 2012, 03:10 pm
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It might be the same thing as your saying but I tipped the radiator forward giving room for the fan to be lifted up and out. Trying to tip the fan away from the radiator would just hit the engine.
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Old 30 Jun 2012, 06:50 pm
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Crewzin, from looking at my engine compartment just now, it appears that it would be very difficult to remove the fan housing without first removing the battery and battery tray.

However, I also noticed there was some room to tilt the fan housing on the left (as you're standing in front of the motor). I wonder if you did this while pulling your radiator back (toward you) and removing your fan housing.

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Old 30 Jun 2012, 07:25 pm
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Tim,

Not quite getting what your saying but my instructions and the way I did mine, you do tilt the radiator towards you which gives you all the room you need to lift the fan housing. No need to take the battery out.
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