Re: fan clutch squeak repost (sort of)

From: Chris Reck (
Date: Mon Dec 18 2006 - 19:39:57 EST

I was able to repalce mine in under an hour at Daktoberfest with Jon's help.

First, loosen the Fan Cluch nut from the pulley. (This was the hardest
part; as Jon made a tool to hold the fan pulley stationary while a large
wrench (1 1/4" or 1 1/2") was used to turn the bolt.) If your pulley has
bolts, an AutoZone may have a spanner tool to go around the bolts and hold
the clutch steady.

Next, unbolt the 4 bolts holding on the fan shroud (you won't remove it, but
you'll need it loose to bring the fan clutch assembly up.

After that, it's very simple. Unbolt the fan blades from the old clutch and
put the new one on.

Installation is the reverse except you hand-tighten the fan clutch on the
pully, bolt down the shroud, then tighten the pulley down properly (we
guessed on mine).

Chris Reck
Bloomington, IL

'99 Dakota Sport + CC 4x4 V6 (Deep Amethyst)
"It's not the meat, it's how you apply the rub"

"Spook" <> wrote in message
>> Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 23:19:06 -0600
>> From: Spook <>
>> Subject: DML: fan clutch
>> 98 Dakota--3.9--46000 miles
>> Yesterday I noticed a squeaking noise coming from the engine compartment.
>> I checked the clutch with the engine off. I attempted to free spin it
>> with the engine off and it only turned a few degrees. Fan feels tight. I
>> was worried about the water pump but no wobble or leaking. Today I had
>> someone turn the engine off while I watched the fan. The engine stopped,
>> squeaking continued till the fan stopped, approximately 2 revolutions.
>> I've never heard a fan clutch squeak but maybe this is common on this
>> engine. Anybody had a similar experience? Clutch is only $54.00 but from
>> this list it sounds as if the clutch is a bear to remove and replace as
>> are many things on this truck.
>> ------------------------------
> On Nov 18 I posted this message. No reply but I sprayed the shaft with a
> product called Fluid Film by a company, Eureka Chemical Co.
> www.eurekafluidfilm . The squeaking stopped after only a few minutes and
> hasn't returned. What I am wondering is if this is a false fix. I mean
> have I just cured a symptom of a fan clutch failure or have I cured an
> annoying squeak with no other harm done?
> Thanks for any replies.

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