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Removing fan to replace water pump on 1994 318is bmw

I am unable to work out how to remove the fan to get to the water pump

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Not sure if it is the same, but I have a 1996 328i and the fan is attached to the front of the water pump via a large nut. That nut is a 32 mm (1 and 1/4 inch fits it as well), and is BACKWARDS threaded (i.e right to loosen and left to tighten). You may need to use a pair of vise grips and lock onto the belt to keep the entire front of the motor from turning. I have also heard giving it a few good whacks from a rubber mallet tends to get them to break free. If you do have to use the Visa grips on the belt be careful to not break your water pump pulley. Although it looks to be made of metal it is actually made of plastic and will break if it gets caught up in the tension of turning that fan nut. When the motor is running it is turning in the tightening direction, so I put some anti-sieze on the threads before re-installing. Hope that helps.

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