More S10 question to follow my others. My 96 2.2 has a mechanical
thermostatic radiator fan. The shop manual says if it spins more than
5 revolutions if you spin it, its bad. When its cold, it won't even spin
one revolution. Today, it was about 210 on the water temp gauge and
i turned off the truck and did the same test. Even hot, it acted the
way as it did when it was cold. It barely spun less than 1 revolution
With the motor running, i can see it spin, but cannot verify if it
was truly engaged. And i am not hearing the fan roar. Hand in front
of the radiator did not detect hardy any airflow at idle. How else can
i trouble shoot this thing to see if its the thermostatic fan clutch
Have you ever pulled your radiator and flushed all the bugs, leaves, and
debris out of it? It sounds like your fan *might* be ok (it's stiff, so no
loss of fluid) , but the thermal coupling will *not* engage unless there is
sufficient hot air coming thru the radiator. I pull mine every two years -
surprising how much stuff is in there, and how much better the thermal fans
work after the radiator is clean. Fan will roar for a few seconds pulling
away from every traffic light in 80 Deg + weather.
Being a automatic with air, the AC condenser is in front of the radiator
as well as the trannie cooler. The AC condenser looks relatively clean.
But, you cannot see the front of the radiator because the condenser is
in front of it. The only way to check this for sure is to drain the
radiator and remove it for inspection and cleaning. Is this what you
did? How plugged could the radiator be if the condenser is in front of it?
I did squirt water through the front earlier in the year.
Both my cars have an AC condenser in front too. It is simply amazing to me how
much "junk" goes through that condenser and lodges in the radiator. I'm talking
bugs, "rocks" (ok-sand) lots of grass, straw etc. With my car, large bugs are
virtually "welded" to the radiator fins, from high-speed highway driving. Not so
bad on the truck, but still plenty to reduce the air flow significantly.
The fins in the AC condenser are much larger than those in the radiator, so you
can get quite a bit of stuff to pass thru. Your description of how tight your
fan was *seems* to suggest this to me - but I don't know. If your radiator has
not been pulled and cleaned in more than 3 years, I'd start putting money on this
as being at least *part* of the problem. Yes, you have to remove it completely
from the car, lay it over some 4x4's (to hold it up) on the driveway, and flush
from the backside with the hose.
You fan clutch is locking up. A good test is to have some one vary the
RPM's from 1000 to 4000 and watch to see if the fan slows down at higher
RPM's. If it does before 2000 (usually lose units), it's done for. If it
doesn't for a while (usually tight units), it's done for.
They don't cost too much new, and are not too difficult to change.
You may have to remove the upper radiator hose. You need to remove the
4 or 6 bolts for the top half or the fan shroud, then work it out. There are
4 bolts or nuts that hold the clutch hub to the water pump. Remove them.
work the fan back and forth if needed. Their are four bolts or nuts that
hold the fan blade to the clutch. Wear some leather gloves when removing
them, as blade edges can be sharp!
Some times you have to work a new clutch hub slowly on o the snout of a
water pump. This is done by tightening the fastener then losening them,
keeping the clutch hub square to the flange on the pump. Some times you
will need to remove the hub to clear some shavings. Other then that, even
for a novis it is less then a 4 hour job all told.
My 99 runs about 195 to 200 in the 5 yrs I have owned it the fan
engaged once at about 95 air temp except for the short start up
engagment.If it was mine I would put card board in front of the
condenser and watch your coolant temp it should engage at or before
220.It will make noise.
We are talking about a belt driven, engine mounted, clutch fan. Not an
electric fan. A clutch fan is always rotating when the belt is moving. It
does not have a tempture sensor, yet works off of a spring, and oil inside
of the clutch. There is no enguage or disengauge, just amount of RPM's the
fan is turning. In cold weather the fan will almost always spin at the same
RPM as the hub untill the oil inside warms up.
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