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Old 09-21-2011, 05:19 AM
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Googling for the Ford counterhold tool set, I see that the wrench is included with the $15 set, as shown here:

My first question is the SIZE of the wrench (for example, if it's 32mm, it's ideal). It doesn't say in the advertisement above what the wrench size is.

Here's another hit, but it also doesn't say what the wrench size is:

Googling s'more, it appears that Ford has three sizes for the wrench.

For example, see this reference for the Lisle 41800 Fan Clutch Wrench Set for Ford - 4 Piece: which tells us that Ford has two or three sizes.
  • Removes fan clutch on most Ford vehicles
  • The double-ended wrench and small holding wrench work on 2.8L, 2.9L, 3.0L, 4.0L and 4.9L engines
  • The larger open-end wrench and larger holding wrench fit 6.9L and 7.3L diesel engines

Here's a KD Tools 3296 Ford Fan Clutch Wrench Set for 6.9- and 7.3-L Engines which says, unfortunately, that the wrench is 48mm, and not the 32mm that we need for the fan clutch nut itself.
  • Use with 1/2" square drive tools and a torque wrench
  • Remove and replace fan assembly on Ford 6.9L and 7.3L engines
  • Wrench openings- Long: 48mm
  • Wrench openings- Short: 83mm

A customer review of a similar tool said "The only problem is the short wrench or pulley holder is too big for the later model 7.3 diesel motors", so from that we can surmise there are at least three sizes in all for the Ford counterhold tool sets.

Even Snap-On sells these tools: YA9325 Set, Ford Fan Clutch Wrench:
36 and 58mm set. Includes YA9325-1 and YA9325-2. GAS APPLICATIONS: E-Series trucks 4.9L (1984-1991), F-Series trucks 4.9L (1984-1992), Bronco II and Ranger 2.8L (1984-1985), Ranger 2.9L (1986-1992), Aerostar 3.0L (1986-1988), Aerostar and Ranger 4.0L OHV (1990 and later), Explorer 4.0L OHV (1991 and later), Mazda Navajo 4.0L OHV (1991-1994), Mazda B4000 4.0L OHV (1995 and later), Explorer 4.0L V6 SOHC (1997 and later) and Mountaineer 4.0L V6 SOHC (1998 and later).

If any of you own a Ford, would you kindly let us know which of these are most applicable to the BMW E39?
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