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1979Marshall 07-28-2009 08:10 AM

Fan Clutch
 
The fan clutch just crapped out again in my BMW. :mad: Not a huge issue, but two have gone in just one year. Once on my 86 red one (now the parts car) and now on my 85. Begs me to ask the question, do they just die after twenty or so years?

How have they held up for the rest of you?

romeomike 07-28-2009 08:57 AM

The silicone fluid leaks out the front (the grimy dirt there is a big clue) and as a result lose their effectiveness.

I swapped my factory original fan clutch on the 91 this year.

1979Marshall 07-28-2009 09:34 AM

I'll be doing that myself this weekend....

Just sucks as I now have to modify my hours based off traffic untill the weekend and will be getting up at 4. Three cheers for coffee!

bimmerboy08 07-28-2009 09:55 AM

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Originally Posted by 1979Marshall (Post 4384704)
I'll be doing that myself this weekend....

Just sucks as I now have to modify my hours based off traffic untill the weekend and will be getting up at 4. Three cheers for coffee!

true that, on both fronts. I love coffee, and I almost overheated my red car when I got caught in traffic yesterday. Thank goodness for the "detour" function on my gps.

Changed the fan clutch in my '88 this year, and my '89 needs it done now, so the 20 year lifespan sounds about right.

fcsteve 07-28-2009 11:08 AM

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Originally Posted by bimmerboy08 (Post 4384774)
Thank goodness for the "detour" function on my gps.

you use GPS to get to work ? :rofl:

markseven 07-28-2009 11:16 AM

My '87 got a new FC last year, at just about the 20 year milestone, but I have no proof that the clutch I replaced was original.

1979Marshall 07-28-2009 12:25 PM

I use one too. Its a horrid 2 hour affair half on back roads and highways. Its nice to find gas, food, and alternate routes, plus your eta.
Personally I like seeing the ETA slowly decrease due to excessive speeds.

VTRweasel 07-28-2009 12:30 PM

Mine died too

bimmerboy08 07-28-2009 01:05 PM

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Originally Posted by fcsteve (Post 4385003)
you use GPS to get to work ? :rofl:

haha nah I actually ride a fixie beach cruiser to work, this was actually on the way back from registering the beater in my name. I am chronically lost in San Antonio, I've never lived in a big city before so I always have the GPS "just in case".

downhiller 07-28-2009 08:05 PM

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Originally Posted by 1979Marshall (Post 4384437)
How have they held up for the rest of you?

i think mine was still good. i just took it off and threw in an electric fan hooked up to a toggle switch in cab. during the colorado winters, it helped warm the engine, and save on gas while playing.

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I actually ride a fixie beach cruiser to work
wait........a fixie beach cruiser:confused: now i would expect at least an old school 10 speed, but not a beach cruiser! highly disappointed.

bimmerboy08 07-29-2009 07:30 AM

^^ whatever erin my beach cruiser is sweet. It's flat black/rust and has whitewall tires.

fcsteve 07-29-2009 08:33 AM

almost every e30 i have owned or worked on had a bad fan clutch

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Originally Posted by downhiller (Post 4386537)
wait........a fixie beach cruiser:confused: now i would expect at least an old school 10 speed, but not a beach cruiser! highly disappointed.

:confused: 10-speed's ftmfl. if you cant do it in one gear ratio you shouldnt do it at all. cruiser > any 10-speed.

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Originally Posted by bimmerboy08 (Post 4387375)
^^ whatever erin my beach cruiser is sweet. It's flat black/rust and has whitewall tires.

:rofl: ftw :thumbup:

downhiller 07-29-2009 07:30 PM

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Originally Posted by fcsteve (Post 4387521)
:confused: 10-speed's ftmfl. if you cant do it in one gear ratio you shouldnt do it at all. cruiser > any 10-speed.

i just like the single speed part. id only run fixie on a track bike.

1979Marshall 07-29-2009 10:26 PM

To me a fixie bike means there is a hipster kid that can't figure out how to adjust his gear train. :rofl:

That said, I've ridden one, and got a kick out of it. But man, I like coasting.

1979Marshall 07-29-2009 10:33 PM

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Originally Posted by fcsteve (Post 4387521)
:confused: 10-speed's ftmfl. if you cant do it in one gear ratio you shouldnt do it at all. cruiser > any 10-speed.

Sure. I climb many hills in one gear ratio. But going down I can upshift :D

Vintage 10 speed > one gear sillyness.

downhiller 07-29-2009 10:35 PM

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Originally Posted by 1979Marshall (Post 4389970)
To me a fixie bike means there is a hipster kid that can't figure out how to adjust his gear train. :rofl:

That said, I've ridden one, and got a kick out of it. But man, I like coasting.

fixies are a blast. i only rode track fixies on streets and trying to stop fast was a major challege. thats why im getting the specialized vegas, fixie or single speed option, and brakes.

bimmerboy08 07-30-2009 04:24 AM

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Originally Posted by 1979Marshall (Post 4389970)
To me a fixie bike means there is a hipster kid that can't figure out how to adjust his gear train. :rofl:

That said, I've ridden one, and got a kick out of it. But man, I like coasting.

Lets just clear it up that I'm not a hipster! Lol I found my bike marked down $200 in front of the base exchange and it was too cool looking not to buy. This was back when I lived in colorado, and now having a single speed is awesome for a commuter bike because there is no maintenance involved.

I like where this fan clutch discussion is going! :rofl:

_Ethrty-Andy_ 07-30-2009 04:41 AM

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Originally Posted by bimmerboy08 (Post 4390231)
I like where this fan clutch discussion is going! :rofl:

:thumbup:

1979Marshall 07-30-2009 07:37 PM

Might even turn to mopeds. :rofl:

That's a single speed I'd ride

_Ethrty-Andy_ 07-30-2009 08:11 PM

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Originally Posted by 1979Marshall (Post 4392586)
Might even turn to mopeds

go die. seriously. right now. this thread is NOT going to turn into mopeds :rofl:

1979Marshall 07-30-2009 08:59 PM

:D Its okay. We won't tell your friends you've riden one. Its not like they give you the most bang for the buck in hot rodding though. If you ever want to start really messing around with an engine with out much cash involved, start there.

Bike and mopeds were what I did before cars. Still kept my single spped "chopper" and just restored my old railegh supercourse for commuting to school. Still mess around with my vespas motor. Love that stuff. Then there are those hipsters ruining it for me. First they took my flannel. Then my classic bike. Asses. More reason to stay in the garage.

bimmerboy08 07-30-2009 09:05 PM

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First they took my flannel. Then my classic bike. Asses. More reason to stay in the garage.
This is classic:rofl:

downhiller 08-01-2009 05:21 PM

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Originally Posted by bimmerboy08 (Post 4390231)
Lets just clear it up that I'm not a hipster!

wow man i can smell that bs up here! :rofl:

Quote:

Then there are those hipsters ruining it for me. First they took my flannel. Then my classic bike. Asses. More reason to stay in the garage.
we dont want to know about your secrets in your garage. those are safe there.

Stuka 08-30-2009 06:44 PM

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Originally Posted by markseven (Post 4385048)
My '87 got a new FC last year, at just about the 20 year milestone, but I have no proof that the clutch I replaced was original.

My fan clutch died last weekend.

Along with the crumbled polyurthane engine mount.

And the 20 year old air flow meter also took a dump.

All this after waiting 6 months to get my car back from full interior restore...

PhilipWOT 08-31-2009 02:03 AM

I have a low mile E36 fan clutch for sale. It has an E36 fan on it (obviously) but you can reuse your E30 fan with it, it bolts up. (I know for sure because I've done it before)

PM me if your interested.


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