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Trying to replace water pump and cannot get fan off i found out it may be a clutch drive fan that needs a special tool to remove it

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You can use a small pipe wrench with a cheater bar and a crow bar wedged between the frame and one of the screws around the pulley. Also, you can borrow the special tool from Pep Boys or Autozone. I just took mine off today.

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I use heat on the nut to release the locktite that is on the threads and use a large adjustable to turn the nut ( they come off very easy once cracked loose ) but it can be done with a air chisel and spin the nut . There are four small holes around the pulley that you can use small bolts or dowels to keep it from spinning while removing the nut. If you have any questions I would be glad to help.

Posted on Aug 03, 2010

  • mike49173 Aug 03, 2010

    what do you use for a heat source . i also heard of using a strap wrench around the pulley to hold it then to turn shaft nut what do you think about that

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    Ron Aug 03, 2010

    Oxy/acetylene because you can get the heat quickly where you need it . I tried a strap once but it wouldn't budge.. there is a proper tool that holds the pulley by the 4 holes so you can turn the nut but it's expensive and I think not needed. If you heat it until you see the locktite start to flame out around the threads then just give your wrench a slap and it will roll right off... I do this before I remove the belt so the tension holds the pulley from moving.



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