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Fan clutch ??

A buddy of mine has a 88 Sami and the fan clutch is frozen (doesn't spin free). As long as it doesn't overheat, would driving it as is be damaging in some way?

What exactly determines 88 or 88 1/2? His has the square dash but has the 12mm drive shaft bolts. Is his an 88 1/4? Thanks.....

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Re: Fan clutch ??

Don't know about the fan clutch but the Samurai is an 88.5 if it has the square vents and a 4 spoke steering wheel. My 88.5 also has the 12mm bolts on the driveshaft. I recently ordered some d-shaft spacers from NCOffroad and Tim said that wasn't uncommon. Hope this helps.

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Re: Fan clutch ??

hey there man, i ran a froze clutch fan on a one ton ford for over a year, never had any problems.
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Re: Fan clutch ??

Doesn't the clutch just allow the engine to heat up quicker when the its cold so you can get heat faster in the winter? Someone correct me if I'm wrong. Jim

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Re: Fan clutch ??

Running with a locked up fan clutch is NOT GOOD.Draws lots of extra power from the engine and the water pump bearings are NOT designed to handle the exta load of a fan rotating at full engine speed.A working fan clutch on a warm engine decouples at a around 2200 rpm and and holds that speed regardless of the actual engine rpm.On a cool engine it's just along for the ride. Besides ...take it off and go with an electric and it feels like someone added 10 hp and the a/c works least it did on mine .I used a condenser fan unit off a hyundia elentra...looks like it was made for the zuki,almost the same size as the rad and fits between the rad and water pump pulley.............or I can sell you the used hood that I have lying around after the fan blades make nice big dents in yours

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Re: Fan clutch ??

Oh yeah, I've been meaning to ask about that. I've been considering exchanging the fan for an electric one and was wondering what kinda improvements it would make. what are the shortcomings of going electric? aside from the hyundia fan what other recommendation could you make?

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Re: Fan clutch ??

I guess it would not hurt anything as long as the water pump is turning properly. You may want to pull the theromstat out until he gets the cooling system back up and runnig properly.
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Re: Fan clutch ??

porschefixer, what year did you get the fan off the hyundia? You just replaced the stock fan with this electric condenser one? Was the re wireing easy? Sounds like something I might want to try. Thanks Max

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