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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 09-20-2011, 12:39 PM
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Whatever you do, during re-installation, apply a bit of antiseize/grease on the WP threads.

Next time, if you have to remove the Fan Clutch, it is a breeze: a gentle whack with the hammer on the 32mm wrench, it comes out, no special tool needed.
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:44 PM
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Whatever you do, during re-installation, apply a bit of antiseize/grease on the WP threads.
And, trust me, when re-installing, first look up cn90 neat rawhide trick for reinstalling the fan clutch nut straight.

You might be sorry if you don't (ask me why I say that).
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Old 09-20-2011, 06:37 PM
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Finally success, I didnt have access to the tools that you all showed but this guy here was simple. Pulled the socket end and pushed the wrench and not even five seconds later I felt a smooth loss of pressure on the wrench. My initial thought was that the fan clutch tool had lost its grip but to my surprise it was the nut looseing.

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Old 09-20-2011, 06:45 PM
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Good to hear! Looks like a big 32mm crows foot. As long as it works. Don't forget the anti-seize!
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Old 09-20-2011, 06:46 PM
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for the record, it's considered a "Ford" fan clutch tool. Here's one on ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Perfo...item4cf9ebd8e4

After my experience, I'd be wrong to not recommend it.
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Old 09-20-2011, 06:47 PM
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Good to hear! Looks like a big 32mm crows foot. As long as it works. Don't forget the anti-seize!
Not 32mm, it actually goes around the water pump bolts and locks into place to hold the fan pulley bolts while you turn the nut.

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Old 09-20-2011, 09:36 PM
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it actually goes around the water pump bolts
What I like about this tool is that it seems simpler to fabricate as it appears to be just an open-ended rectangle.

I'll add it to the counterhold tools thread so that all benefit from what the OP found out.

It would be useful if someone can give us the measurements of the rectangular opening...

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Old 09-20-2011, 09:49 PM
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Old 09-21-2011, 05:24 AM
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It would be useful if someone can give us the measurements of the rectangular opening...
ask and ye shall receive, 2-1/4" wide X 2-1/2" long (length to opening)
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Old 09-21-2011, 05:57 AM
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ask and ye shall receive, 2-1/4" wide X 2-1/2" long (length to opening)
Perfect.

So that others benefit, I added this to the canonical counterhold-tools thread (along with the Ebay URL & screenshot, and the pictures).

Was it a perfect fit?

BTW, now that we have something to google for that we know works, we can find LOTs of less expensive alternatives to the BMW fan counterhold tool!

And, many of these include a wrench with the counterhold tool.

Over time, we'll find out if this Ford set is better, worse, or the same in practice, as the BMW tool, and, the best part is that newbies will benefit, for years to come!

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Old 09-21-2011, 02:18 PM
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not a perfect fit but a nice fit with less pressure on the bolts
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