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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 02-03-2012, 04:53 PM
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Fan clutch problems

Cant get the fan clutch loose any tips??
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Old 02-03-2012, 05:25 PM
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It's reverse threaded...turn right...
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Old 02-03-2012, 05:30 PM
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did you know it's reverse thread??

you'll need to secure the pulley first. this can be done by many methods, but some work better than others.

a quick search will be able to give you some ideas as to what you may be able to use.

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Old 02-03-2012, 07:45 PM
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Soak it overnight and get a cheater pipe on a wrench and hit the pipe with a steel mallet/hammer, but watch the paint as the wrench usually falls off after the impact. Oh yea, did anyone mention it was Reverse threaded??
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Old 02-03-2012, 08:19 PM
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Lol thanks thats what i thought it was my buddy at work loosened it with an air hammer at work and told me it wasnt reverse n i was here trying to get it lose the other way it got dark so ima give it another shot in the morning thanks for the info
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Old 02-04-2012, 05:19 AM
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watch out for the fan blades

the blades and hammer wont ever be friends lol
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Lol thanks thats what i thought it was my buddy at work loosened it with an air hammer at work and told me it wasnt reverse n i was here trying to get it lose the other way it got dark so ima give it another shot in the morning thanks for the info
Your buddy at work is full of crap. It most definitely IS reverse (left-hand) threads. Facing the fan it comes off by turning it clockwise. If you've been beating on it trying to turn it counter-clockwise, you've got it REALLY tight now.
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Old 02-04-2012, 01:19 PM
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Thanks for the info.. I just finished it up about An hour ago i had to replace thermostat housing cause air hammer was to bulky n cracked the plastic thermostat housing lol found it at my local bmw dismantle shop for $25 n picked up a thermostat to replace since i had it off already.
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Old 02-05-2012, 05:25 AM
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If you replaced it with a used t. stat housing, you're going to find it failing sooner rather than later. The mantra with these cars is to replace the entire cooling system en masse every 75-95k miles. Choosing to do it piecemeal is really counter-productive. Replacing it with used parts... frankly, the kindest I can be on that one is: foolish.

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Old 02-05-2012, 12:37 PM
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Yea i was going to buy it new but the auto parts near me didnt have them in stock n had to order it from their main warehouse which was going to take more than a couple days n i couldnt wait that long its my daily driver cant be without my only car with a busy life style like mine so i did have in mind to order the new aluminum t.stat housing any ways cause i want to upgrade it and couple other things ima change while im at it once my tax check come in so it will get the proper care soon lol
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