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Aftermarket fan clutch?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by SmogSUX, May 14, 2012.

  1. May 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM
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    SmogSUX

    SmogSUX [OP] No Money. No Love.

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    Just wondering if any of you have had any experience with an aftermarket fan clutch. I've got a crazy loud squealing noise that the P/O thought was his fan belts, but I'm 99% sure it's the fan clutch.

    Now I'm wondering if anyone has had experience with the $50ish fan cluthes you can get at Kragen, online, etc, or if they're garbage and if I should just shell out the $140 for a Toyota OEM one.
     
  2. May 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM
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    chris4x4

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    most squeals at the front of the engine, are the idler pullys. Check those first.
     
  3. May 14, 2012 at 1:22 PM
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    I have a brand new after market I bought and never put it on. I went with oem. 3.4 l. Let me know if u need it.
     
  4. May 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM
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    Go Electric if your going to yank the fan off.
     
  5. May 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM
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  6. May 14, 2012 at 1:28 PM
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    Hitch and wiring, aux back-up light, rear strobe lights, radio and underseat sub.
    Squirt water on the belt. If the noise goes away, it's the belt, or a misaligned pulley. If it stays, oil the idler and tensioner pulley, one by one. If it stays, it's probably the fan.
    Get a mechanic's stethoscope to listen to the alternator and water pump bearings. $7-20 ish. It'll help you isolate the noise.
     
  7. May 14, 2012 at 8:32 PM
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    I'll look (listen) more in depth, but it's for a 2.7.

    The only diagnosing I really did was noticed that it only squeals upon startup and the second it goes away I hear the clutch fan catch and start blowing air for a second. Does it every single start up warm or cold and goes away within 30 seconds. When it's warm it'll go away in like 5 seconds.
     
  8. May 14, 2012 at 8:40 PM
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    Water pump bearing maybe?

    I've used a couple parts store clutches. They seemed to work okay. Never put a lot of miles on them though, by the time I needed one replaced the vehicle had a lot of miles on it already.
     
  9. May 15, 2012 at 5:06 AM
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    very possible the belt it just loose. I had the same issue on my 2.7 PS pump belt.
     
  10. May 15, 2012 at 11:18 AM
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    Hitch and wiring, aux back-up light, rear strobe lights, radio and underseat sub.
    A properly working clutch fan will be engaged with a cold startup. Until the silicone inside the clutch heats up, then it disengages.

    Let is know what else you find.
     
  11. May 15, 2012 at 1:17 PM
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    SmogSUX

    SmogSUX [OP] No Money. No Love.

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    That's why I figured it was the clutch fan. Only when the squealing went away would I hear the clutch fan engage and push some air. I'm gonna check it out tomorrow though in depth...so embarrassing every time I start my truck.
     
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