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Old 09-02-2007, 10:20 PM
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Question Fan Shroud Install Help 1989 F150 4.9l

I have a 1989 F150 with a straight 6 4.9L engine. I had the a/c serviced and was told if I did a lot of city driving I needed to replace the missing fan shroud to improve cooling. I ordered one off Ebay, it came with no instructions. Do I remove the fan clutch and blades and then slide it all back in together? Thanks for your help. Also, this truck is a short bed 4x4 5 speed with 130K miles. I only get 13 miles per gallon. Is this about normal for my truck? Thanks for your help.
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Old 09-03-2007, 12:36 AM
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I know on my truck it was not possible to pull the shroud without pulling the fan. Just separate the fan/clutch assembly from the engine AT the engine pulley, pull the fan out, position the fan inside the shroud and drop both of them in together. The shroud should drop into 2 clips at the bottom of the radiator and will bolt to the truck in two places at the top. Good luck.
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What he said . Been years since I worked on a 300 (They don't quit) If the shroud wont fit around fan and rad . Do above and bolt on. Good luck
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fan has to come off.
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Put a large peice of card board across the radiator before taking fan off. Don't ask why I suggest this...
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great suggestion scndsn.
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Question What is the easiest way to remove fan & fan clutch?

Thanks for all the help. Could you tell me the quickest way to remove the fan & fan clutch? I tried taking off the serp belt and removing 4 bolts from pully the fan clustch is attached to and only the pully itself loosened up. Am I supposed to leave those 4 bolts in place, wedge a screwdriver across two of them and try to loosen the large nut on the clutch shaft itself? Any help appreciated. Bill
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The pulley should be sandwiched between the water pump and the fan mounting thingy. You should only take out those 4 bolts and the entire fan and clutch should come off. It may take a couple of taps of a hammer to knock it loose.

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Yeah, what Dave said. There is a center shaft that the fan slides onto and you have to slide it straight out to the front of the truck (not very far), but it might take some convincing...
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rent the tools for this at any auto parts store.
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These fan clutches don't require a fan clutch wrench. You just need to prop a screw driver between 2 of the bolts and unscrew another with a socket wrench.
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These fan clutches don't require a fan clutch wrench. You just need to prop a screw driver between 2 of the bolts and unscrew another with a socket wrench.
Maybe there's more room on the 6, but I always have to use a 7/16 (or 11mm) open end wrench to get to the bolts.

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My truck has a 351 and I did it just the way I described... Not sure if it's different for the straight six.
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You have an 89 .... I don't know if they still used the bolt on clutch .... but on my 90 4.9L it has the screw on clutch .... it requires a special tool ... and sometimes a 25CFM 150PSI compressor and an air chisel to break it loose. If this is the one you have, I would suggest removing the radiator to slide the shroud around the fan and clutch assy .... then reinstall radiator and clip/bolt shroud in place as the easier route to take, who knows, you may need a coolant change anyway.
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i do not have an 89, but i looked up the parts: fan clutch and water pump, and it looks like the 94 with the 4.9 that i have.

on the 4.9 engine it looks like you need the tools to remove the fan clutch.

a 302 or 351 or 460 may be different and you do not need the tools but it looks like on the 300 six you do.

can someone with a 89 ford manual or the same year truck and engine combo chime in so we can be sure.
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