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Water pump and fan clutch?

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spyboy
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Water pump and fan clutch?

Post by spyboy » Fri Oct 14, 2016 3:25 pm

getting ready to replace water pump and have noticed that sometimes the part houses have a note that you should replace fan clutch when replacing water pump any thoughts? as I read through some post I did not come across any mention of changing fan clutch with water pump. Thanks for your time guys. Have not needed to post anything in a while because my Astro has been wonderful!
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Re: Water pump and fan clutch?

Post by ihatemybike » Fri Oct 14, 2016 5:36 pm

I've replaced a couple water pumps, never replaced the fan clutch.
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Re: Water pump and fan clutch?

Post by AstroWill » Fri Oct 14, 2016 6:48 pm

Unless it's malfunctioning, I wouldn't replace the fan clutch.

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Re: Water pump and fan clutch?

Post by Astrophysics » Sun Oct 16, 2016 3:26 pm

Hi,
You may want to take this repair time to also modify the composite fan shroud to be 2 pieces.
The large 1 piece shroud is difficult to remove and hard to re-install.
I cut my shroud down the middle with jig saw. Then use simple mending plate and 1/4" stainless pan head machine screw to make top rear shroud bracket. This bracket secures the top rear when shroud is re-installed.

AP

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