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Old 07-30-2009, 06:40 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Fan clutch removal problems!

I own a 1999 Explorer with a 4.0L SOHC engine, now that I need to replace the water pump again I can't take the fan off. I know it has a left hand thread, i've done it 2 years ago, but i think i really tighten it real good now i can't take it off! I used a home-made tool, basically a metal spatula cut to the size of the fan nut, just like the picture shown, but this year the darn thing broke off. Believe it or not, that spatula worked fine to remove the clutch.
Last night I put some wd40 oil in the thread, didn't work. Any ideas will be appreciated as i'm really frustrated with this.


I forgot to tighten a bolt on the water pump pulley, that fixed the rattling for now, but still struggling to get the fan and clutch assembly off the vehicle.


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Old 08-05-2009, 11:01 PM   #2
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I've moved your thread to the stock 95-01 section.
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Old 08-06-2009, 01:34 AM   #3
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I used the 'free' rental tool from AutoZone a couple weeks ago to pull a fan/clutch. I couldn't get 1 of the 2 fans off that I was working on. The wrench on the fan nut kept widening, and spinning on the nut. When it comes time to replace the water pump, I don't know what I am going to do.

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Old 08-06-2009, 01:52 AM   #4
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PB blaster and a propane/cutting torch. Just soak overnight with pb then heat it up.




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Use caution since PB Blaster just like WD-40 is flammable.
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Old 08-06-2009, 09:32 AM   #6
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I know it has a left hand thread
Are you sure it's a left hand thread? I'm 99% positive the 1st gens at least had right hand threads. And with the way the fan turns it would make more sense to have a right hand thread. There should be a sticker right on top there that says what it has.




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Molded into the plastic shroud, right near the battery it says

" fan clutch right hand thread"


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actually says

" RH thread on fan clutch"
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