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Re: cannot remove fan clutch from 1996 ford ranger
There is a special tool that can be rented or purchased at your local auto parts store. It consists of a large open end wrench and a long fork like tool that grabs the nuts on the fan so that the wrench can loosen the large nut that hold the fan clutch to the fan.
However you can use some channel locks for the fan clutch nut. The trick is, take a vice grip plier and clamp it to the pulley directly behind the nut and let it hit whatever it can as you spin the fan and it will hold enough pressure to where you can loosen the nut.
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To remove clutch fan: 1. Remove the fan shroud. Remove the top screws & the two side screws with a socket & ratchet. 2. Remove the top radiator hose by using a screwdriver to loosen the clamps. 3. Hook the ends of the water pump pulley lock on the bolts on the outside of the water pump pulley. 4. Remove the large nut on the fan with the 1-1/16 wrench by turning counter clockwise. 5. Replace the fan by holding the nut perfectly level with the water pump post & start the nut by hand. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FGtech V53
to remove clutch fan you need to remove upper fan shroud, you need large wrench to remove the fan clutch retaining nut to remove fan and clutch away from the engine drive belt should keep pulley from turning while loosen fan clutch retaining nut.if pulley belt turns while loosen fan clutch bolt remove drive belt use strap wrench hold pulley while you remove fan clutch bolt this procedure for checvrolet if you working on volkswagon you need spanner wrench hold the idler pulley while you use large wrench to loosen the large drive nut to fan clutch. you have to remove fan with clutch from engine then you can remove clutch from fan you can go to auto parts stores rent a spanner wrench try auto zone they rent out tools.
1.Disconnect the battery by turning the positive terminal bolt in a counterclockwise direction with a 10mm socket wrench. Disconnect the terminal nut on the alternator by turning it counterclockwise with an open-ended wrench. Store the terminals away from the battery.
Disconnect the Intrigue's serpentine fan belt by pressing on the tension pulley arm firmly then working the belt out from underneath the idle pulley. Release the tension pulley arm so the belt will have enough slack to be removed from the alternator pulley wheel.
Remove the mount bolts by turning the nuts counterclockwise, holding the bolt head with a socket wrench. Slide the bolts out of the mount arms. Replace the alternator with a new unit by positioning it into the mount arms and sliding the bolts through the mount holes. Tighten all nuts securely.
Replace the drive belt by wrapping the belt around the alternator pulley wheel then pressing on the tension arm to slide the belt back underneath the idle pulley. Release the arm and the belt will tighten to an automatic adjustment.
Reconnect the alternator's wiring harness connection by placing the terminal over the connection bolt and securing the nut clockwise with a small wrench. Reconnect the battery by turning the terminal bolt clockwise with a 10 mm socket.
Take off the upper half of the fan shroud by removing the 13mm bolts on the top and sides of the shroud. You want to remove the nuts that secure the nuts that hold the pulley to the pump by inserting down from the top a long flathead screwdriver into the space between two of the nuts and lock the pulley in place by prying to the right. Now you can use a box end wrench (also known as a closed end wrench or combo wrench) to loosen the nuts. You can do this with or without the belt on. I recommend leaving the belt on so the pulley has some tension against it and it is easier to control. if you have already removed the belt, it's not worth it to put it back on. Be careful not to damage the radiator fins when you actually remove the fan and pulley.
Ok, it's best to have the fan belt ON all the way, that way it holds the pulley in place. Then, put your wrench on the nut, and tap the wrench with a hammer. This will break it loose, and then you can unscrew it the rest of the way. It works like an impact wrench.
remove drive belt then aquire the clutch removal tool from Auto zone or Napa, there is a specific puller designed to remove this clutch,in some cases in order to hold the pulley while removing center nut or bolt you must use a chain wrench with an old leather belt wraped around the pulley to protect the v-ribs on pulley in order to get the pulley bolt or nut loose the clutch will just turn when trying to loosen center nut if you don't use the chain wrench to hold it, after removing said nut or bolt attach the puller to the clutch and while holding it stationary with the chain wrench proceed to turn the shaft of the puller to remove the clutch, it should pop free after a couple of turns with a socket wrench of the appropriate size. PS use the chain wrench ($22.00 Auto zone) only in the corerect direction it does not clamp effectively either direction. also sometimes there is special holding tool for certain clutches, consult Napa or the dealer before buying the chain wrench it may not be effective in holding the clutch while trying to remove center bolt.