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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 06-29-2013, 12:24 AM
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fan clutch

My fan exploded a few months back and I finally decided to replace it and the clutch ...but the new doesn't disengage until about 3k rpm ..is this normal for a new clutch ...as in does it need to break in for a while...

I can hold the fan and have someone start the car so I know its not stuck but once the car is started Iccan't stop the fan from rotating...

If I rev it to 3k it disengages but when I leave in the morning it makes an ungodly racket till I hit about 3k ...advise please
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:22 AM
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Depending on the kind you bought some are more noisy then others, but all new clutches are a bit noisy compared to the week one .
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Old 06-29-2013, 07:56 AM
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If I rev it to 3k it disengages but when I leave in the morning it makes an ungodly racket till I hit about 3k ...advise please
Yea, that's not supposed to happen there. You should be able to start your car first thing in the morning and pretty much sneak out of the house w/o anyone hearing the car run.
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Old 06-29-2013, 10:15 AM
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baahaaahahaha good one, but not with dinan muff,headers, resonator delete and whining blower. lol ... way too noisy, but the fan drowns even the blower sound out man.
i think i might end up buying a dfferent one.. any suggestions on which one... meyle and i cant remember the other one.

the box has a hamburg tecnic logo on it, the part number suggests its the same but i dont think so.
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:19 PM
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the box has a hamburg tecnic logo on it, the part number suggests its the same but i dont think so.
Hamburg Technic explains it. Get a real fan clutch, preferably OEM. HT is eBay junk!
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Old 06-29-2013, 02:03 PM
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Lmao lol will do ..put it in on Monday and report ...hotter n hell here ...103 f..
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Old 06-29-2013, 05:31 PM
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Lmao lol will do ..put it in on Monday and report ...hotter n hell here ...103 f..
Well, it's 114 in Tucson, but its a dry heat.
Dry my ass its sill 114! I spent the day out back in the pool.
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Old 06-29-2013, 06:22 PM
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baahahaha lmao...i spit a little beer out on that dry heat one...goog god .... well unfortunately its not a dry heat here, its a swampy sweaty MFer..heat index says FEELS LIKE 107...lolol still noto as hot as arizone though...i cant say i miss the heat ..spent 2 years at huachuca
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Old 06-29-2013, 06:54 PM
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you knlow chief ive been on the hunt for wheels for my mtech..and seeing yours made me make up my mind, im gonna hold out for the 19inch mpars ...just pay and wait for em, that is a classy look, the 19s with a huge lip will most definately look sick, but still classy.

not that it matters, im sure ill break a rod long before i ever see wheels on it, horsepower/torque should be illegal..

thanks for makin me laff boss, ive been pissed off over the fan noise for days man
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Old 07-04-2013, 03:24 PM
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got the new one from the stealership... its a little more active than the old one, but i can barely hear so all is well again
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the fan clutch took a dump again..locked up fan disintigrated but actually came through the hood this time...yes ..second time, fortunately it didnt cut any lines time somehow. this was a couple weeks ago... i said screw it and bought a 16 inch fan, the flexalite proportional fan controller ... i had to make a sheetmetal spacer ring like thing to close the gap between the fan and the fan shroud, used an aluminum hose adapter for the temp sending unit... used delphi sealed connectors for the connections and hooked up the ac to an input on the fan controller

its an awesome little unit, it comes on at 60% at the temperature you set it for and then slowly rises to 100% as the temperature rises...if necessary, i changed the thermostat to an 80C setup..i have it set to come on at 180, but with the ac fan on and the main at 60 percent...it never goes over 185... the under hood temps are way down, the A/C is colder and for some strange reason, all the clicking and rattling from the engine went away(strange), i know this has been beat to death but im gonna put up some pics anyway..cuz i do it with one arm LOL
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Old 08-02-2014, 04:51 AM
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Awesome! Make a How to DIY guide with steps so someone like myself who does not know much about this cooling change could do it. I know there is a super long thread with all this in it but in reading it there were so many options that I could not figure it out. This seems like one of the best upgrades to the cooling issue with these cars it to put on an electric fan. Well done.
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Old 08-02-2014, 07:48 AM
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the best fix is fan delete.

I haven't had one in three years, i drive hard and it never goes over 104C. In fact the harder I drive it the cooler it gets. When I'm running hard it will actually drop to 99C sometimes.
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Old 08-02-2014, 01:49 PM
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i agree, i should have done it when the first clutch and fan exploded... the strange part is that the clutch that failed this time was a behr unit, which is oem...
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