Reinstalling Fans


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aholloway17
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Reinstalling Fans

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I had to track down a pesky leak that seemed to run all over the place! I would up removing both fans to find it. Now, I have to reinstall them and as you already know, this is an ordeal! Any suggestions or tips?

Thanks in advance!

Allen


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Take your time! The problem I always ran into was the wires got in the way at the top of the fan. I just had to move them around some and make sure they were in the holder that is on top of the fan. If I did that, there was just enough room for it to slide back into place.
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Ordeal all right,,, the rear bolt that mounts left fan is still on the shelf,,,
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aholloway17 wrote: Mon Apr 05, 2021 3:41 pm I had to track down a pesky leak that seemed to run all over the place! I would up removing both fans to find it. Now, I have to reinstall them and as you already know, this is an ordeal!
Any suggestions or tips?
Thanks in advance!
Allen
YA, those shrouds can be a REAL BEAR. :evil:
Sometimes I have good luck using soda case cardboard. Line 3/4 of the the area where the fan inserts and it slides in a little easier.
It DEFINITELY stops catching hanging wires BUT do be sure said wires are where they're supposed to be so not to pinch when bolting up.

IF you're having wires hang issues, I use either a red, orange, blue, any bright color primary wire to hold said wires that get in the way.
Primary is better for it than twist ties since primary has a thicker coating which wears less.

Another suggestion, which works for me.
I sand the sharp or protruding points on the fan shroud. Helps slide in a little easier.
Of course don't sand away material that enters the shrouds channel, don't want dirt or moisture sprayed on the engine.

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Re: Reinstalling Fans

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Thanks for all the help. It took a few hours to figure it all out but they are both reinstalled! I think the biggest barrier was remembering the amount of force it took to pull them out; it took an equal amount to get then back into place and conquering the fear they might break!

Thanks again,


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