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Old 08-17-2011, 10:42 AM
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Originally Posted by oembimmerparts View Post
When the water pump or fan clutch bearing start to fail they allow the fan to dip down and come into contact with the fan shroud and that causes it to fly apart
This (the bad waterpump cause) is new information, to me.

Since it may be new to others, I'll add this thread to the bestlinks:
- What could cause a fan blade to disintegrate (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)

Summary of reputed causes of fan disintegration:
  • Bad fan itself (rare)
  • Bad motor or transmission mounts
  • Bad viscous fan clutch
  • Bad waterpump

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