Do a search in this news group for "triflo" or "tri-flow"
As for my thoughts, I really don't know much about the product except
that I like it. I know I love the new sound it makes and the car feels
stronger. It also looks much cooler. My exhaust has a about a 4 inch
diameter, oval shaped. Its pretty loud at low rpm's but not obtrusive,
although I guess that depends on what loud is to you...
I got it from bavarian autosports. It was recommended to me by another
Ok the worst possible thing has happened to what I thought was a
successful engine fan replacement. The water pump was bad and it
happened again. It caused the fan to wobble, hit the shroud, break
into pieces, ruin the radiator and the fan clutch. I am now stuck with
an 1100$ bill from my mechanic.
Next time I will just take the car to the mechanic, where he would have
found the bad pump as well as fixing the fan. So Instead of saving 100
I'm paying 1100$
Merry Christmas and make sure you know what you are doing if you are
working on your car yourself.
First, how do you know that the water pump caused this? Maybe the new
fan you bought was defective. I've never known a water pump to cause
premature fan blade failure, though I suppose it is possible...
Secondly, what makes you think that the pro-mechanic would have noticed
that the pump bearing was shot? He would have probably just replaced
the fan blade too. Afterall, they are known to occasionally fail
spontaneously. So, as long as the pump was not leaking, making noise or
wobbling around I seriously doubt they would have noticed it either.
You did look at the fan while the engine was running after you made the
Third, this catastrophic failure (causing the damage to the rad) could
have happened on the first fan. It's just a matter of luck (or lack of it).
Fourth, it is not very likely that a fragmenting fan blade would destroy
a fan clutch. It sounds like the mechanic you have now consulted may be
taking you for a little "guilt" ride. Like, "Why didn't you come to me
to begin with..." So now you're going to pay.
Fifth, you could replace these parts yourself and it would be nowhere
...but if you don't feel up to it, by all means seek professional help.
My trusty mechanic, who has been cheaper than any other guy in the area
for the past 5 years, told me that if I had brought it to him the first
time the fan blade broke, he would have asked the question "why?"
These things don't just break out of nowhere unless something causes it
like an animal living in there or something. The answer to the
question would have been the failing bearings in the water pump,
therefore saving me about 800$.
You live and learn is the way I'm looking at this one. I should have
asked the same question. I don't know how to do engine work. Just
like I am not a doctor.
You are right, it was somewhat unlucky... Oh well, what's done is done.
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