Re: Im having trouble removing the radiator from the
Wrong, The fan IS very much attached to the radiator with 2 plastic clips molded onto the radiator on the driver's side, and there is one 10mm bolt in the bottom of the fan on passenger side. It's a real pain in the rear... I happen to be replacing one right now on a 1996. The whole job sucks, bad.... good luck :)
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Re: Im having trouble removing the radiator from the
The cooling fan is not attached to the radiator. it is mounted on it's own frame attached on the sides with about four bolts.remove it first then disconnect coolant hoses and transmission lines from radiator and lift it out.
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no year, engine (size) stated.
on all cars its the same,
gain access to it, (shrouds,etc, depands on how big your arms are.)
off the fan belt. (release tension-er.)
off the fan and clutch replace new clutch to old fan/.
set tension on belt.
the FSM steps for fan off are below (buy the FSM and read it?)
the fan is first then clutch.
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Remove the upper radiator shroud and, if desired for additional clearance, remove the radiator from the vehicle.
Although it is not necessary in most cases, the radiator may be removed from the vehicle for easier access to the fan
retainers. If the radiator is left in place, use extra caution to prevent damage to the fragile radiator fins.
Remove the fan assembly attaching nuts (clutch type) or bolts (standard type), then remove the fan assembly from the engine.
Some vehicles use a space between the fan and the water pump pulley. If used, be sure to retain the spacer for
If necessary, the clutch may be removed from the fan by removing the attaching nuts or bolts (as applicable).
CAUTION The fan that draws cool air across the radiator can be driven by either a belt or electricity. Rotating fans can be dangerous. Some are controlled by an automatic switch and can start unexpectedly. When working on electric fans, keep in mind that electric cooling fans should be disconnected when working around them.
When replacing a radiator fan motor, always refer to the vehicle's service manual. The following is a general guide for cooling fan replacement.
Disconnect the negative battery terminal at the battery. This is necessary on vehicles using electric fans, but some vehicles may require the relocation of the charging system components.
Drain the cooling system.
Loosen or remove the hose clamps, then remove the upper and lower hoses from the radiator.
Disconnect the transmission cooling lines and plug them off, if equipped.
Disconnect the electric fan motor connector, if equipped.
Remove the fasteners attaching the fan module to the radiator.
On some vehicles equipped with air conditioning systems, it may be necessary to discharge the system. This is the case if the radiator and condenser can not be separated in the vehicle.
Remove the upper radiator cross member or mounts.
Disconnect and plug the air conditioning lines at the condenser, if needed.
Remove the radiator and fan module as one unit if possible.
Separate the fan module from the radiator.
If required, separate the radiator from the condenser.
Remove the old fan module.
Install the new fan module onto the radiator.
Reattach the fasteners attaching the fan module to the radiator.
If equipped, connect the electric fan motor connector.
You will need a fan clutch tool or a large adjustable wrench. Some fans have reverse threads (ie: right = loosen, left = tighten) so take a look at the threads on the new fan to make sure your turning the fan the correct way. Keep the serpentine belt on to help stop the water pump from turning. There is a tool to stop the water pump from turning while removing the fan clutch. But usually a large clamp or pry bad used cautiously can do the trick. It wasn't necessary to remove the radiator to replace the fan.
Start by removing the shroud over the radiator area. There should be little plastic screws in it holding it on. Then drain the coolant from the old radiator. there should be a drain on the lower passenger side of the radiator facing the rear. looks like a white nut, turn that until fluid runs out. Make sure you have something available to catch the coolant. I used a small rubber hose attached to the end of drain to direct it to container. After all fluid has drained, disconnect the overflow hose running to the plastic bottle on right of radiator. Remove the 3 bolts holding the bottle in place, and remove. You will not have to remove fan and shroud from vehicle if you just remove the four bolts holding the blade itself to the pulley you can then slide them back far enough away from radiator to get it out. That will make things much easier. there are two other hoses that attach to the radiator 1 on upper passanger side and 1 on lower driver side, remove those. Then remove the two transmission cooling lines from the radiator and plug the ends to prevent dirt getting in. Once all hoses and lines are detached from radiator remove the two mounting bolts at top of the radiator where it attaches. Those are the only bolts holding it in. it rest inside grooves at bottom so you just pull up the radiator and you have it removed. Installation is the opposite of removal. Try to get your plastic (degas) bottle as clean as you can if your reusing . If radiator will not drain through plug for whatever reason, removing the lower driver side hose will drain very quickly but be ready for a rush of coolant. I hope this helps you out.
I take it the fan you replaced is the one that is belt driven on the front of your engine.2001threw 2003 durangos have an electric fan that is attached to the radiator.if you remove the fan shroud clips and remove the shroud the electric fan should be there.chances are theres a blown fuse for cooling fan, a bad relay or its just unpluged. If you go to autozone.com and sign up for my zone(it's all free too),thay have a free repair guide on line and theres a pic of the electric fan you are looking for.hope this helps you.thanks for using fixya........Ray
YOU NEED TO TAKE IT OUT FROM THE BOTTOM REMOVE PLASTIC SHROUD THEN DRIAN AND PULL LOWER RADIATOR HOSE FROM RADIATOR AND THE REST IS PRETTY SELF EXPLANATORY MAKE SURE YOU BUY THE CLIPS FOR THE WIRRING BEFORE YOU EVEN START
The fan is attached to an elaborate plastic hood which hugs the radiator and is held in place by at least 4 screws. Being German craftsmanship, there may well be more. Apart from these screws, there will be a single twin cable joining the fan to give it its' electrical supply. That's it really. The main hurdle may be trying to locate all the nuts/bolts/screws holding it in place, the rest is just patience and attention to detail. You really shouldn't have much trouble replacing it. Sebster