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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 09-23-2012, 12:25 AM
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Cool 95 e36 clutch fan

Hello bmw friends, im new to the forum and a new bmw owner. I need help in replacement of my engine fan. Im wondering is there a link with detailed instructions or could someone give me some instruction. thank you in advance.
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:52 AM
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Here is a detailed DIY article on cooling system work, including removing the fan.

http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/tech...eplacement.htm

Tell me, why are you replacing the fan? Did the car overheat? We STRONGLY suggest a complete cooling system overhaul/replacement every 70k-90k miles. If the car overheated, you may have far worse troubles than just a fan replacement.
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:03 PM
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no it hasent overheated, while i was driving i heard a thunk type of noise. I popped the hood and noticed the fan had pulled the fan shroud back towards the motor and was stuck under the shroud and the upper radiator hose. Im not sure how this happened I just assumed the shroud came loose. I secured the shroud and now need to replace the fan due to it broke off 1 blade. my car has 165,000 on it. i dont know what has been done to it because it was purchased second hand. is there something i should be weery of?
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:10 PM
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Thanks for the pelican parts link, that is very informative and helpful.
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I secured the shroud and now need to replace the fan due to it broke off 1 blade. my car has 165,000 on it. i dont know what has been done to it because it was purchased second hand. is there something i should be weery of?
Yes, there is. I reiterate: overhaul the cooling system. Replace the radiator, water pump, fan clutch, fan, thermostat housing, thermostat, radiator cap and all the hoses and belts. And don't drive the car with a blade broken off the fan. The next one that breaks off (and another one WILL break off since it's now way unbalance) it may severe a hose, or take out the radiator and strand you.

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Thanks for the pelican parts link, that is very informative and helpful.
You're welcome! That link has a parts list for the cooling system overhaul.
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