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Removing fan from water pump

How do I remove the fan from the water pump on my 1983 BMW 320i E21? Also do I need a fan removal tool and 32mm spanner wrench to accomplish this task?

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SOURCE: 1994 Altima Water Pump Removal (bottom bolt hard to reach)

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SOURCE: Remove fan from water pump on a 1997 Ford F150 4.2 Liter

There is a special tool that is required to hold the fan clutch. Then the fan screws out of the clutch. The tool can be bought or rented at your friendly parts store like autozone, etc. It will look something like this:

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Removing alternator drive belt, refer to Engine.
Release the belt pulley from the water pump.


Drain coolant.
Release water pump.


Insert two M6 screws in water-pump thread and press out water pump evenly from gear case.


Replace sealing ring.

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SOURCE: how do i remove the water pump from bmw 325

Drain the cooling system & remove cooling fan. Loosen the pump pulley bolts & remove aux. drive belt. Remove the pulley bolts/nuts & pulley. Remove pump bolts. If pump is tight, install 2 M6 bolts into jacking holes and push pump out. Save the seal O-ring for new pump. Reverse for install.

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Ive made do with what i can many times, When i was stuck on the side of the road 100+ miles from home with a broken timing belt i used my power steering belt wraped around it self and hooked to another pulley to crack that dam thing free!!

If you can do it with out fing up the four threaded holes then do it,, You may need the four threaded holes in good condition in the next step, when you need a puller to get the pulley off.

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I'm replacing a water pump on my 1990 BMW 525i and I don't no how to remove that thing where the spark plugs go and the rotor 2nd I'm also need to remove the timing belt cover can I get the 3rd bolt out...

STOP what you are doing before you damage something!! Whatever you are trying to remove is not the water pump. Neither the sparkplugs nor the "timing belt" cover needs to come off. Remove the fan belt. Remove the fan (the nut is LH thread- means it turns left to tighten and right to loosen). You will need a large wrench (32mm) availible at sears.The water pump is directly behind the fan and is held in by 4 10mm bolts.

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I have 93 bmw 325i how romove the fan clutch

you need the fan clutch stick tool. To see what one looks like google: BMW fan clutch removal tool. Then make one out of steel. All you need is a 5/16 drill bit and a grinder. or buy one. Then get a 1.25" open end wrench, it's virtually the same as a 32mm open end wrench except cheaper and slightly more common. With your new found clutch stick, hold two of the bolt heads on the water pump pulley and grab the nut with the wrench. It's left hand thread. So to loosen it, move it clockwise while holding the pulley still with the stick. When re-installing, use anti sieze compound. The whole job takes 3 minutes with the right tool.

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Removing the harmonic stablilizer, fan blade from the water pump shaft

it has a left handed thread if i remember rightly ,and i couldnt get it to undo so i tapped it with a small chisel and big hammer ,hey presto it started to undo with the spanner then ,iam sure it was a 32mm spanner but ??

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How do i remove the drive pulleys?

you need special tool to hold the water pump puley and long 32mm wrench to brake loose fan clutch.
the thred is left hand , so you brake it loose clockwise.
you can also use just a wrench and hummer.
put 32mm wrench over fan clutch nut and by hitting the end of wrench with a little luck it is possible too
when you put it back you can use same procedure.
you may have enough room to change thermostat , by sliding fan assy. to the side without taking it out.

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How do i remove fan clutch while it is connected to water pump on the vehicle?

There are usually 4 bolts that hold the clutch to the water pump shaft. It's often an awkward process to hold the shaft from turning while you remove the bolts, but it can be done.
There is a tool available to assist in holding the shaft in place. Most auto parts store will allow you to "borrow" the tool if they have one available. I used a pipe wrench when I did it, but the clearance is difficult.
As a note: when you replace the water pump, replace the thermostat at the same time as you will have the needed clearance to reach it.
This will help. Thanks please keep updated.please do rate the solution positively .thank you for using fixya.

Dec 29, 2009 | 2003 BMW 325

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How do you remove a water pump from a bmw 328i

Very tricky there what your asking you need to remove alot of parts to get it done but its possible.
You must remove the radiator than the engine plastic cover than remove all the belts and everything in the way. Along with being able to remove the reverse threaded fan clutch which you need a special tool to hold it while you undue the 22mm or 32mm bolt from the fan clutch bolt than you remove all the water pump bolts good luck

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Need to replace leaking radiator on 1999 bmw 528i

You need the special tool that will hold the water pump pulley and a 32mm open ended wrench. Ebay has the set for around $20.
The thread is the opposite than normal too!
Easy to take it all off with the right tools. 15 minutes max.

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Removing water pump

remove the radiator to have better access.
remove all the belts
now here is the hard part you need to make your own tool or buy the bmw tool to hold the fan belt pulley by the 10mm bolts some how there are many tools that you can use for this just be creative sometime weding a bolt or a big screwdriver does the job too in between the pulleys than loosen the 32mm nut which you can get that wrench at a bicycle shop for a few buck unless you have a bench grinder and can grind a 32mm down to half its thickness or buy the bmw fan pulley wrench and holder there expensive than just remove the water pump. Sometimes they will not come out very easy just to let you know the times I've changed them in my car or others I have had to beat on them with a Hammer to break them off they seize up in there pretty darn good and once you break them you have to continue till its out I recomend any water pump that has a metal impellar or you might end up being stuck doing this job again in the next 6 months make sure the part is German trust me its worth it. Good luck

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