Overview Guide to Replacing a Radiator Fan
The radiator fan is a big part of the car's cooling system that keeps the engine running properly. However, this device can easily give way especially if your vehicle is of age. This is usually noticeable when the temperature gauge is at a high reading and the engine struggles to perform well. Replacing or converting the radiator fan may be challenging for most people, but it's totally feasible for a seasoned DIY enthusiasts. The following are the tools and steps needed in order to do the job:
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials
Inspecting and preparing the radiator assembly
With the engine off and the car parked, pop the hood and inspect the radiator assembly. Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, it may be driven electrically or mechanically. If you're doing an OE replacement job, the task simply involves removal and replacement. However, for conversions, it's necessary to setup certain electrical wires and connections first before fully installing the fan.
Removing the old radiator fan
There are lots of screws and bolts that have to be undone in order for you to take out the old radiator fan. Some are one-piece assemblies that can be removed in one pull while others must be taken off piece by piece. For those that need to be separated first, work on the cover and shroud. A hammer and chisel can help you loosen things up. Follow this up by taking out the fan blades themselves. For electrical assemblies, make sure you disconnect the battery and wires before disassembling anything.
Installing the new radiator fan
Installing the fan is just the reverse of removal. Since the new piece is intact, all it takes is simply inserting the assembly in and securing it in place. Return the screws and bolts to their proper place. For electric fans, reconnect the wires properly to get it running. Start the engine to test if everything works fine.
Tips and warnings
- Since this involves lots of screws and bolts, it may help to take pictures of where each are placed to serve as your reference.
- Conversion jobs require you to prepare various electrical setups prior to installation. Follow the specific procedures that come along with your new radiator fan to know how to configure the wires.