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Old 16 Apr 2013, 04:03 pm
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Hi,
I need help. My 2003 PT Cruiser goes to the red when going up hills. It is fine driving around town, it stays at the half mark. I had the T STAT replaced, that didnt do it. So now I take it into another repair shop and they tell me its the Radiator Fan Motor, and it will cost $330.00 to replace it. OMG....
Can I do this myself? I found the part on line for $75.00 just the motor. However shouldnt I replace the whole thing, fans, motor etc, if the motor is bad ?
Can anyone help? and send me detailed info on what to do.
Thanks Lisa
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Old 16 Apr 2013, 04:22 pm
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YES YOU CAN
Its done all the time and is super easy 5 little bolts hold it in place I took the grill out and the cross member all in all it was less than a hour the complete fan assembly is around $100 from Rock Auto or ebay get it and all of us on here will help its super easy
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Old 16 Apr 2013, 04:47 pm
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Thank you so much! A few questions; What kind of tools do I need? (I do not have any) and do I just by the fan motor or do I buy the fan assy?

Ive never taken a car apart before, and its the only transportation I have. Im up to learning new things, and I do like to take things apart and put them back together, but this seems like surgery. If its that easy I will try it.
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Old 16 Apr 2013, 05:09 pm
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Here's how to take the fan and housing out of the cruiser. As far as tools, the basic hand tool and a set of wrenches are needed to make the job easier than just using a pliers ans screwdriver. is there anyone around your area or family that can help you? You can replace just the fan motor but the whole housing has to come out to gain access.

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Old 16 Apr 2013, 05:25 pm
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Like Crezwin says its as easy to do the whole fan unit and just about as cheap
its not any harder than what you make it in your mind
as far as tool a basic socket set and a screwdriver i think its like a #10 socket
the video is pretty good just keep saying I can do this I can do this
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Old 17 Apr 2013, 01:27 am
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Lisa; because the car does not overheat in the city, I would guess the fan is working on at least 1 speed [of 2]. You can hear the high speed when the car is running. Quick test; quiet area, hood up, heater fan off, selector straight up, temp selector in red. Start car and watch water temp gage. When the gage reaches just before half-way, the radiator fan should start. If it on low speed, you likely won't hear it. If on high speed, you will hear it.

That said, you could have air in the system. When engine is cold, check coolant level at the radiator cap. It must be within 1 inch of the top. And coolant reservoir must be up to the cold line. Do this first!
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Old 10 May 2013, 05:51 pm
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Ok Gentlemen, I just ordered my fan assembly brand new in the box, FROM
RadiatorClassic on ebay.

$55.89 is all and no tax free shipping!!
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Old 10 May 2013, 09:36 pm
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If you have a smart phone or digital camera. Take pictures of things before you remove and this will aid you with the reasserting. And yes you can do this.
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Ok Gentlemen, I just ordered my fan assembly brand new in the box, FROM
RadiatorClassic on ebay.

$55.89 is all and no tax free shipping!!
Does anyone know if there is a PT cruiser club in Rapid City, South Dakota ? and whom I may call for help when I replace my fan assembly in my garage?
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Old 13 May 2013, 11:48 am
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Ok Gentlemen, I just ordered my fan assembly brand new in the box, FROM
RadiatorClassic on ebay.

$55.89 is all and no tax free shipping!!
That sounds a little cheap - I bought one a couple of months ago off of eBay and the lowest prices were around $80. The dealer wants around $200 for the Mopar part.

Before you start to install it, check the box for markings that indicate it is for your car. Then, open the box and compare the fan to the one that is installed in your car. Compare the mounting tab locations and the position and type of the electrical connector, primarily, but the motor and number of fan blades should be roughly equivalent.

I agree with another poster, though - if you aren't having trouble around town, it's probably not the fan. More likely it is a problem with the radiator, IMHO. Check to make sure there isn't something stuck to the front of the radiator that is blocking some of the cooling fins.

Too bad you're not still in Vacaville or NitroPT might be able to help you out!
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