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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Fri, Jul-30-2010, 10:53:39 PM   #1
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A mechanic told me, to check if my fan clutch is going bad, you should be able to stick your hand while the fan is running and be able to stop the fan effortlessly.

Is this true?
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PLEASE DO NOT put your hand in there... you will be looking for your finger tips

Search "newspaper test"

If the Fan Clutch is working properly while COLD the fan should ba able to be stopped.
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Old Sat, Jul-31-2010, 12:43:19 AM   #3
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A mechanic told me, to check if my fan clutch is going bad, you should be able to stick your hand while the fan is running and be able to stop the fan effortlessly.

Is this true?
Yeah but what if your fan clutch is working fine. YOU'LL LOSE A FINGER!!!!!! Don't stick your finger in there. Find something else do use. Hint....not your dick.
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Old Sat, Jul-31-2010, 12:59:35 AM   #4
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Haha! Well I meant theoretically stick something there. :P
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I guess my fan clutch is on its way out because I was able to stop it with my hand. Of course I tried the rolled up newspaper first.
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Yes it is true, but you should test it when the engine is warm to make sure that it's not just idling in attempt to warm up the engine.
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A mechanic told me, to check if my fan clutch is going bad, you should be able to stick your hand while the fan is running and be able to stop the fan effortlessly.

Is this true?
WTF? Whatever happened to commonsense?

Follow the above advice and use the newspaper, not your hand...
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Take that mechanics hand, and stick it in there
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WTF? Whatever happened to commonsense?

Follow the above advice and use the newspaper, not your hand...
Went out the window with modern-day culture. Thanks MTV.
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Lol to the above posts
Another question.
Didn't want another fan clutch thread.
I've did the test seemed like my fan clutch is going bad but it only stop when I pretty much shoved the paper in. But when I only put a little bit in it was still good.
Does that mean my fan clutch is going out or it's ok. For now i'm guessing its about to go out.
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