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Fan clutch - how long can I run without fan clutch engaging on 2RZE

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by netsomnia, Sep 4, 2014.

  1. Sep 4, 2014 at 10:56 AM
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    netsomnia

    netsomnia [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have the 1998 5-lug 2WD model with 2RZE.

    I noticed the fan was wobbly and clutch not engaging about a month ago. I had some other repairs and upgrades to do and was not worried because my OBDII scanner indicated steady operating temperature at 185 degrees rain or shine this Summer. However, I know I should not run without for too long - and I don't want to be monitoring for temperature increase forever.

    How long can I run without a fan clutch? Will it create hotspots inside the motor if I runs too long without it? My son had a 1990 with 22RE that overheated and blew head gasket around the same time that the fan clutch stopped engaging.

    I do not have air conditioning and I only commute to work via highway. It is a plain, manual everything, green, pickup and my daily driver. It's growing on me and I want to take care of it with only 98K miles. The owner before me was a doofus :confused: and letting it go. Who knows how long doofus ran without a fan clutch engaging? I don't think I should be either.
     
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  2. Sep 4, 2014 at 11:12 AM
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    Fordless

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    Usually Toyota 4 cylinders are pretty cool running engines and with us going into cool weather you probably won't have a problem. But when you get ready to buy one this is the cheapest way I have found to get the OEM part without going to Toyota. Although yours seem quite pricey compared to the ones I have bought. According to my research this is the correct part # for your truck.
    http://www.amazon.com/Aisin-FCT-002-Engine-Cooling-Clutch/dp/B00829HAM2/ref=au_as_r?ie=UTF8&Make=Toyota%7C76&Model=Tacoma%7C1037&Year=1998%7C1998&carId=001&n=15684181&newCar=1&s=automotive&vehicleType=automotive
     
  3. Sep 4, 2014 at 5:46 PM
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    netsomnia [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I agree with your comments and part number and saved that part in my Amazon wish list. Along with all of the other parts I could think of based on tips here and my experiences with 22RE in the past. Thanks.
     
  4. Sep 4, 2014 at 6:02 PM
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    Built for maximum low end torque, tooter II.VII intake manifold spacer, LCE long tube header, Injen long tube intake, 2,900 rpm torque peak.
    Fan clutch - how long can I run without fan clutch engaging on 2RZE

    As long as you want...

    ...just don't stop.

    :rimshot:
     
  5. Sep 5, 2014 at 3:07 PM
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    netsomnia

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    Still holding at 183 degrees Fahrenheit after a bunch of stop and goes, but I agree that it needs to be fixed before the engine overheats and causes head gasket failure or something worse.
     
  6. Oct 6, 2016 at 5:43 PM
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    netsomnia

    netsomnia [OP] Well-Known Member

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    It's been 2 years on same aftermarket fan clutch that I used to replace the existing aftermarket.
     
  7. Oct 9, 2016 at 11:30 AM
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    toyodajeff

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    I'd put Toyota stuff back on it especially since it only has 100k miles. Also if you ever take a fan clutch off leave it standing upright like it is installed in the motor or the oil will leak out and it won't work anymore
     

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