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Hi guys - the cooling fan on my e36 cabriolet broke ...
its the 11 teeth blade.....somehow there are only 3 teeth left...One must have snapped and broke the rest as it was spinning...

Does anyone know how to replace it?

the car is an e36 1995 model convertibel with a 2.0 6 cylinder 24 v engine...


help...
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If I were you, I would take the rest of the fan off and replace it with an aftermarket electric fan... it will run smoother, get better fuel economy, and not rob any power. I'm going to make the change here in the relative near future. Something like this, but you'd want to make sure you get a thermostatically controlled switch for it so it doesn't run all the time... http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=33600&item=7977981232&rd=1
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I agree get electric if possible.

If you want to replace the blades I think they just slip off of the clutch assy and the new one slides on.
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ouch that was a pain in the bum...
Managed to replace the blades...ended up costing me 19 which wasnt too bad.

Was a bit difficult to get the thing off...4 alan key bolts holding it in were a bummer to get to....because of the lack of space between the radiator and fan...

After having managed to repalce it...i got told that you can take the whole unit off by nocking the big nut on the motor anti clockwise and fit the fan on with ease...

You should see the state of the fan!!
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Wink Blew it

Oops, I guess we blew it. LOL

Sorry. The fan assy does come off and the nut is reverse threaded.

Don't feel too badly, it is VERY hard to get the nut off without the fan clutch tool or something similar. Once the fan is off it is hard to get it out the engine bay. I think I had to remove the fan shroud in addition to the stuff I had to remove just to get to the fan.
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No worries - i will just blame you for the cuts and stuff on my hands
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here it is :

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Looks like it might be slightly out of balance.
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...yeah, slightly

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thats deffo what made the engine shake!!
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if it helps i have had a broken fan problem twice on my e36 and it was a result of a loose bolt (specifically the one that holds the fan clutch on to the water pump)
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