My CV does not have a factory auxiliary electric cooling fan as does
my 95 Town Car, whose A/C works great regardless of the heat.
When it gets up to around 90 degrees the A/C stops working once the
temp gauge gets to the high end of the "NORM" range. Once the it goes
back down to say the "R" of that range, the A/C starts working again.
Only had this car for about a year, and this was the first time I took
it our for a 60 mile trip in hot weather.
Is this because of there not being an electric fan and, if so, is the
car already wired for it?
No real need for an electric fan, your fan clutch is dead. This is really
these cars. I'm seeing a lot of them this season.
Get a Motorcraft clutch, the aftermarket clutches don't seem to work well.
know, it's about $100, but the $60 ones from the parts store just don't quite
This will also keep your engine temp lower.
I'll bet the one on the Town Car is bad too.
I'm not sure if it's a bolt in or not, but it would work better than a dead
clutch. I "think" those fans are only meant to augment the fan clutch (like on
Town Car), not replace it. I recall reading that they don't move enough air to
stand alone. Now, if the PI used only the electric fan, it would work. You just
to make sure your electrical system is up to the added load of the fan. You may
to install a higher capacity alternator and a larger charge line from the Alt to
Personally, I'd just bend over for a fan clutch. It will only hurt once. ;)
I did a fan clutch job on my '95 CV a short while ago. The '95 has both
electric and mechanical fans. It was fast and easy. I am a big fan of
using the Ford service manual - you can find them on ebay as a CD easily and
they are usually cheap to buy. Be sure to rent the fan clutch tool from
AutoZone or someplace similar - makes the job a snap!
I have the authentic Ford manuals on CD already for all the 90's Ford
products I own, and they are not Haynes or Chiltons. If there's a
year or years anyone in the group needs just say so and I will burn a
copy and mail it out. I already own the fan clutch tool, but thanks
for your excellent suggestion.
Will do, Tom. Is there a bench-testing method for determining if a
fan clutch is bad? There's no evidence of leaking oil.
The Motorocraft one at Rock Auto is around $133, but I just won one at
AutoPartAuctions.com--here's the link:
Have you heard of this place? This will be my first experience with
them. $36.99 with shipping. Thanks again, Tom. Fred
If that's an actual Motorcraft clutch, I'd say you hit the lottery. It's the
I've heard of that site, but I'll check it out later when I have time.
The very best way to test a fan clutch is: "If it's over 8 years old, replace
90% of them are at least weak by then. There's no easy way to test them in
operation. You can get fancy with a strobe tach, but...
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