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Cannot remove fan clutch from 1996 ford ranger

Cannot get the pulley to be still. have a ******** pulley but does not work. cannot find nuts for wrench to hold to remove pulley. how do i get this off?

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  • wuf4wrds Jul 10, 2010

    I know what has been said to do seems reasonable; however, it does not work. Therefore, I need someone to determine this specific predicament.

    I can put a strap wrench around the pulley that connects fan clutch to water pump. However, the strap does not hold tight enough. I got the special wrenches from the auto store, and they do not fit. The nuts that are on the pulley are sunk in--they are not flat with the outer rim of the pulley. Therefore, the wrench does not hold the nuts. The large nut (bolt?) that holds the fan clutch to the water pump does not budge when the strap is on the pulley. The fan spins freely around that piece; so, holding the fan clutch still changes nothing. What can I do?

  • wuf4wrds Jul 12, 2010

    Although the offered solutions did not help remove the fan clutch, I appreciated the ability to bounce ideas back and forth, the diagrams, and the prompt responses. Note: The solutions provided were not wrong and should have worked under normal circumstances; they just did not work for my truck.

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Hi!!

Let's start by looking at a diagram of the fan, clutch, pulley, water pump assembly, click here http://www.autozone.com/autozone/parts/1996-Ford-Ranger-2WD/Fan-Clutch/_/N-j5n8mZ9pd92

Then, click on this link to find step by step instruccions on installation and removal of the fan clutch http://www.autozone.com/autozone/repairinfo/repairguide/repairGuideContent.jsp?pageId=0996b43f802c54b9

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  • wuf4wrds Jul 11, 2010

    Thank you for the diagram and instructions. Unfortunately, they do not help me with my problem. Fortunately, they may help me better describe the problem to you.



    Look at the diagram found in figure 2 (2.9L and 3.0L engines).

    http://www.autozone.com/autozone/repairi...



    This diagram shows the bolt going into the top pulley (call it pulley-a). Pulley-a has the 4 screws/bolts that the wrench can lock onto. In the bottom pulley (call it pulley-b) the bolts are inset, which means the wrench cannot lock onto the bolts.



    In my truck, the top pulley (call it pulley-1) is small and to the right of the bottom pulley (call it pulley-2). In my truck, the bolt goes into pulley-2.



    Problem: Pulley-2 (my truck) looks like pulley-b (diagram). The screws/bolts are inset.



    Any advice you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

  • Rene J Solis Jul 11, 2010

    Try using a pair of locking pliers on the pulley or somewhere there to keep the the pulley from turning. about the bolts, try a 1/4" drive socket to remove them. If necessary, remove radiator to get more room to work.

  • wuf4wrds Jul 11, 2010

    Hi,



    Thanks for the response. I'll try the locking pliers later today (when my brother-in-law returns). As for the bolts that are inset in the pulley, removing them is not a problem. The problem was getting the special wrench to "hook" around those bolts to prevent the pulley from turning.



    Have you heard of using heat to loosen the grip of the fan clutch nut/bolt? I read somewhere about using an oxy/acetylene torch. What do you think about that? Also, would it be okay to spray lubricant on the nut--something like Wurth's HHS2000 (better than WD-40)?



    Please respond about the heat and lubricant as soon as possible. I need to know about that before my brother-in-law gets here.



    Thanks. I'm anxiously waiting to hear from you.

  • Rene J Solis Jul 11, 2010

    Make sure to have a fire extinguisher handy if you are going to use heat on the pulley and first use the heat and then the lubricant, otherwise, the lubricant can cought on fire. also, if you are going to use heat, make sure there are no parts around (plastics, wires, etc.) that will get damaged and like I said before, you'll be better off removing the radiator for better access.

  • wuf4wrds Jul 11, 2010

    Radiator is off. Could I try lubricant without using the heat at all? (The torch part scares me.)

  • Rene J Solis Jul 12, 2010

    Lubricant won't do any harm. With the radiator off you''ll have more room to work on. Now you know how all the parts look like and what needs to be done to remove them. Take your time. You'll get it off.

  • wuf4wrds Jul 12, 2010

    The fan clutch is finally off! Had to put the timing belt back on (to hold the pulley still) and then use a chisel and a hammer to break the hold! I'm hoping the HHS2000 helped (like to think I helped some). Naturally, it is still not an easy task. More pulleys have to be removed in order to get to the brackets that hold the water pump on. Waiting for more help to arrive.



    You now have a new tactic for removing the fan clutch and keeping the pulley still. =]



    Thank you for your help and for responding to my questions.

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Hi

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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  • wuf4wrds Jul 10, 2010

    I am trying to remove the clutch hub assembly from the water pump drivebelt hub. The special wrench is supposed to go around the screws/bolts that hold the pulley to the engine. However, the four screws/bolts are set inward; therefore, the flat wrench does not work. I could probably get a socket wrench on one of the bolts but I doubt holding one bolt would be enough.



    I tried using a strap wrench to hold the assemble from rotating but that did not work. I cannot break the hold on the the large nut that holds the clutch to the pulley.



    Any suggestions on how to break the hold?

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Hi! What pulley are you referring too? Can you please describe the situation of the tensioner? Hope to know more. Thanks!

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  • wuf4wrds Jul 10, 2010

    Please bear with me as I am not sure of the appropriate names. My brother-in-law is trying to replace my water pump and I am the "researcher" for troubleshooting.



    He removed the radiator shroud, the timing belt, and hose. He removed the bolts that hold the fan. However he cannot get the fan off. Read that we needed special tools that hold fan to pulley so that the shaft can be disconnected. However, fan spins free of shaft so don't see how that would work. Cannot find any bolts behind the clutch to use either.



    How do I remove the fan and fan clutch so that I can replace the water pump?

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    How was it?

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    Yes youre right... so lets just think of something else.

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