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TriFlow
07-08-2004, 11:34 PM
I was just wondering my car has been running on 3/4 temp for a few weeks now. I need to replace my fan clutch soon but is it ok for now to consistently run at that temp??

Another thing I've had a squeaky bearing for even longer could this be related?? SRY I'm a bit of a engine newb :oops:

bimmerjim®
07-09-2004, 12:42 AM
could be... does it get hot while in traffic or while driving? if it gets hot in traffic, but not while driving then its the fan clutch, if it gets hot while driving its peobibly the thermostat. possibly low coolant, or a bad water pump. a bad water pump makes some squeaking noises too. so does the timing belt tensioner if its elderly.

Giga Shadow
07-09-2004, 01:16 AM
...And you haven't blown your gasket yet?!

Good luck :)

swartz
07-09-2004, 01:21 AM
my car likes to creep up to almost 1/2 in long traffic. i get scared. the ms says that half is about 210degrees. normal driving it sits at 1/4. which his around 190degrees. i installed another electic fan didnt realy notice a diff. i dunno if thats to hot or not

Giga Shadow
07-09-2004, 01:22 AM
Anyone have a bentley? lol

swartz
07-09-2004, 01:23 AM
ya why?

bimmerjim®
07-09-2004, 01:58 AM
yeah so do i :D

my temp is always at 182 by the mega squirt, on the dyyno it climbed to 204, but promptly returned to 182 in about 15 seconds.

TriFlow
07-09-2004, 11:15 AM
So I guess I should get this fixed now?? :shock: I'm scared now.

Whats all this talk about electric fans?? Is it cheaper? more effficent?

bimmerjim®
07-09-2004, 11:26 AM
So I guess I should get this fixed now?? :shock: I'm scared now.

Whats all this talk about electric fans?? Is it cheaper? more effficent?

probibly cheaper than replacing your fan clutch, and yes more efficent. its not a load on the motor.

schnell 318
07-09-2004, 05:51 PM
would a "swishing" sound while the motor is running indicate a dying fan clutch?
what about if i can turn my fan while the engine is off?

Josh Q
07-09-2004, 05:55 PM
...And you haven't blown your gasket yet?!

Good luck :)

3/4 is fine. Anything higher and you would want to start worrying but I've gone up to the red before (and shut it off right afterwards) a few times and haven't blown head gaskets or warped heads.

Jay Stock E30
07-09-2004, 05:58 PM
would a "swishing" sound while the motor is running indicate a dying fan clutch?
what about if i can turn my fan while the engine is off?

yes you can turn it while its off, but it should be stiff. If its not stiff feeling then its probally not working.

Giga Shadow
07-09-2004, 05:59 PM
would a "swishing" sound while the motor is running indicate a dying fan clutch?
what about if i can turn my fan while the engine is off?

nope.

bimmerjim®
07-09-2004, 06:02 PM
would a "swishing" sound while the motor is running indicate a dying fan clutch?
what about if i can turn my fan while the engine is off?

thats probibly a elderly belt. to test the clutch, hae the car running at operating temp and take a rooled up newspaper and stick it against the moving fan. if the fas stops right away, then the clutch is bad. you should be able to rotate the fan while the car is off, but you should feel some resistance and is should not spin freely. but it shouldnt be locked.

metal fatuges durring heat cycleing. so the less the tempature change on the mettal the stonger it will stay. running hot is never a good thing. so if the engine goes from 72 degrees to 220 degrees,. then eventualy back down to 72, thats more expantion and fatuige than if it were to go from 72 to 180 then back to 72. over time and several thousand heat cycles the metal fatuige will become more evident.

TriFlow
07-09-2004, 07:03 PM
So I guess I should get this fixed now?? :shock: I'm scared now.

Whats all this talk about electric fans?? Is it cheaper? more effficent?

probibly cheaper than replacing your fan clutch, and yes more efficent. its not a load on the motor.

Where do I get it and how is it done...

bimmerjim®
07-10-2004, 06:16 AM
well, search for a electric fan, and when you get it follow the instructions. all electric fans have differnt ways of mounting. try to find that flows about 2000 cfm

TriFlow
07-11-2004, 01:30 AM
Thanks :D

TriFlow
07-21-2004, 12:33 AM
How do I remove the fan clutch. :?: