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Posted by sriffe on August 03, 2001 at 12:03:47:

In Reply to: Auxillary fan-Seized??? posted by Pete Hawkster on August 02, 2001 at 17:55:52:

Mine had seized solid - I mean solid. I removed it to take a look to see if I had the loose magnet problem. Nope - I had the salt from Mass roads corroding the entire motor problem. It was a true mess, and wasn't gonna unsieze no way no how.

I ordered a new fan from Bavauto - they were like 490.00 or so (better than the 550.00 from the dealer, and still oem). Installation is easy, just takes a little time. Drop off your front bumper (four bolts - two each side behind the molding, + you may want to unplug a few lights so as to not strain the wires), take off your grill (to make it a bit easier), and you're at the fan. Three mount points, a little grunting and squeezing in where it's hard to reach, unplug the connector, and you'll have the fan in your hand. BTW, learn from my experience - the rubber pieces on the mount points for the fan are probably stuck prety solidly to the metal pieces they slide into - spray 'em down with WD40 before you try to take em off (or slip new ones back on).

Let me know if you have any questions.

btw, the first fan Bavauto sent me was damaged. They were very cool about it, sent me another, which was also damaged. Fortunatly, I could put together one good one from the two and returned a bad one with two problems. Bla Bla Bla - anyway, the point is, look the fan over very thoroughly before you install it - looks like they are prone to shipping damage...


Should the auxillary fan move when you turn it with your hand? Mine doesn't and I was wondering if it was seized. Could this be causing my fuse #20 to short circuit? Thanks for any help I can get.

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