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donmacn



Member Since: 07 Nov 2017
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Viscous fan removal - any hints or tips?

So, was taking the radiator out this afternoon. Tried to do it 'by the book' by taking the viscous fan off - but no joy. I had bought a cheapy offset spanner to do the job - but it's really poor. Cheap, pressed/cut steel, and it's opening up and getting chewed up.

On the other hand, the nut itself isn't in brilliant nick - rusty and a bit chewed. I have two other 32mm spanners, but they're too thick to get in. I'll head into town tomorrow to see if I can find something else, but has anyone got any suggestions? Any hints and tips that might help? I did try tapping it with a hammer to see if it would 'shock' off, but the spanner is just too poor. What sort of torque is the likely to be at.

....and yes, I do know it's a left hand thread Thumbs Up

Having said that, I have managed to get the radiator off. The cowl went back enought to allow me to get to the lower oil pipe - but it was awkward, and will be awkward on the rebuild. I have a new viscous unit to fit, so keen to get this sorted if I can.

Ta

D Donald

1994 Defender 300Tdi 110 SW - owned since 2002 - 220k miles and going strong

The 'rolling restoration' or tinkering thread: http://www.defender2.net/forum/topic58538.html

in the past..
RR classic - fitted with 200Tdi
1984 RR classic - V8 with ZF auto box
1993 Discovery 300Tdi

not to mention the minis and the Type 2 VW camper...

Post #685638 10th Feb 2018 8:55pm
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geobloke



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Ahhhh.... Old skool viscous removal trick... As taught to me by one old skool tractor mech years ago...

Do not use a double ended viscous fan spanner. Either buy a 32mm spanner and grind down one side until it fits (this is the better way apparently) or source a single ended 32mm viscous fan spanner (this is cheaper and what I did).

Grab LR tool #1 (lump hammer), place spanner at 1 o'clock, lightly press clockwise, TWACK end of spanner with #1 LR tool.

It will work!!! Every time!

It is worth noting that on a 200tdi the Poly-V belt slipping can cause a little agro but persevere and it will work.

Post #685653 10th Feb 2018 9:42pm
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Alex1976



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Agree with Geobloke - works every time!

Post #685657 10th Feb 2018 9:55pm
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donmacn



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Thanks guys. Land Rover No1 tool was already deployed in exactly the manner described - but the two ended spanner wasn't up to the job.

I can see the Sunday peace being disturbed tomorrow then as the grinder comes out...!

Will report back! Donald

1994 Defender 300Tdi 110 SW - owned since 2002 - 220k miles and going strong

The 'rolling restoration' or tinkering thread: http://www.defender2.net/forum/topic58538.html

in the past..
RR classic - fitted with 200Tdi
1984 RR classic - V8 with ZF auto box
1993 Discovery 300Tdi

not to mention the minis and the Type 2 VW camper...

Post #685666 10th Feb 2018 10:28pm
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donmacn



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Forgot to update this one...

I did just as suggested and ground down an existing 32mm spanner until it was just thin enough to fit on the viscous unit nut, then one wee tap with the hammer, and off it came. Dead simple - and now I know I have something I can rely on when I do the job next time.

Thanks very. much for the advice! Donald

1994 Defender 300Tdi 110 SW - owned since 2002 - 220k miles and going strong

The 'rolling restoration' or tinkering thread: http://www.defender2.net/forum/topic58538.html

in the past..
RR classic - fitted with 200Tdi
1984 RR classic - V8 with ZF auto box
1993 Discovery 300Tdi

not to mention the minis and the Type 2 VW camper...

Post #686109 12th Feb 2018 7:23pm
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Blackhat90



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Scotland 1995 Defender 90 300 Tdi HT Epsom Green

Leave it off ,, i removed mine 15 years ago, never overheated, better mpg too, thats towing 3.5 tons also,, uphill ,downdale, Cool

Post #686152 12th Feb 2018 9:02pm
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donmacn



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I think I've heard that said before - though I lean towards the idea that if LR and all their testing thougt it was necessary....

I was going to ask more, but to be honest I know I'd be much more comfortable leaving it 'as is'. Cheers. Donald

1994 Defender 300Tdi 110 SW - owned since 2002 - 220k miles and going strong

The 'rolling restoration' or tinkering thread: http://www.defender2.net/forum/topic58538.html

in the past..
RR classic - fitted with 200Tdi
1984 RR classic - V8 with ZF auto box
1993 Discovery 300Tdi

not to mention the minis and the Type 2 VW camper...

Post #686165 12th Feb 2018 9:21pm
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Retroanaconda



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MPG savings from removal would be imperceptible if they exist at all (which I doubt). Only real benefit is more space in the engine bay.

Far better left on in my opinion.

Post #686206 12th Feb 2018 11:00pm
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Klausy



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Hi All,

I am refurbing an E reg '90 and have chosen to remove my viscous fan and replace it with a Kenlowe unit, although I'm several months away from completion so don't ask how it is performing.
I'm not a fan of modifying tools for a one off job you never know when/if you'll need to use the tool for it intended use. I fabricated a removal spanner from a thick sheet of mild steel with a tube on the end for a handle. It's amazing how resourceful you can be if it saves a bit of money.

Cheers
Klaus

Post #687825 20th Feb 2018 4:10pm
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Blackhat90



Member Since: 31 Dec 2016
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Scotland 1995 Defender 90 300 Tdi HT Epsom Green

How does your Kenlow fan fit,, i hope its not that type that fixes thru the rad with Zip tie & pads, theyre a bad idea,

Post #688084 21st Feb 2018 8:12pm
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Klausy



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To answer your question, I haven't bought the Kenlowe as of yet but that is what I am considering.
I thought that these were the ultimate in cooling fans, what is the issue with them ?

Post #688178 22nd Feb 2018 10:53am
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benniferj



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United Kingdom 1986 Defender 90 200 Tdi ST Caledonian Blue

There is no problem with a Kenlowe fan, they are very good, the previous poster is assuming they are cheap generic eBay tat that clips onto the rad fins in a flimsy manner, the Kenlowe has a proper custom mounting bracket and is very very good.

Post #688183 22nd Feb 2018 11:11am
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Blackhat90



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Scotland 1995 Defender 90 300 Tdi HT Epsom Green

Klausy wrote:
To answer your question, I haven't bought the Kenlowe as of yet but that is what I am considering.
I thought that these were the ultimate in cooling fans, what is the issue with them ?


Yeh exactly. i"v seen one of these, it rubbed thru the guys core of the radiator . . i thot it was a kenlowe , few years back, cant remember the make,

Post #688282 22nd Feb 2018 8:02pm
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Klausy



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I stand corrected, it's a REVOTEC fan that I am looking to get.
It fixes to a bespoke steel frame that screws to the rad frame and looks like its meant to be there.

Post #688300 22nd Feb 2018 9:26pm
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ericvv



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Klausy wrote:
To answer your question, I haven't bought the Kenlowe as of yet but that is what I am considering.
I thought that these were the ultimate in cooling fans, what is the issue with them ?


Do a search on here with the words viscous and kenlowe for instance. Quite a few threads come up with little or nothing in favour of electric fans. Below a few examples of what the search throws up. Just thought worth to highlight...
Eric

Retroanaconda wrote:
Unless you need the space (unlikely) then the viscous will be better in every way.

Sapping engine power when cold is a myth, they freewheel until the temperature rises enough to kick them in. And then when it is needed, the viscous fan with its cowling is far far more effective than any electric fan you will be able to fit. Land Rover know what they are doing, hence why all Defenders have had engine-driven fans.

And yes I have had both fitted to mine.

Dave-H wrote:
chopcat wrote:
We had a kenlowe fitted and Vince's advice when we went to Morocco the first time was "you're not coming unless you take that off"

So we did replaced it with viscous one and have had no problems in the 12 years since then.

We found no appreciable difference in power of fuel economy and it seems there is benefit in pulling air through the rad and intercoolers regardless of the temp of the water.

+1
My 'many years' of experiance have taught me never to bother with Kenlowe fans ..... Whistle
 You never actually own a Defender. You merely look after it for the next generation.
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