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Old 10-23-2011, 01:28 PM
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water pump pully does not have bolts to stop the spinning when i try to loosen fan nut. trying to hold pully by hand is not working. any ideas?
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Old 10-23-2011, 01:50 PM
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The easiest way (so far) I've found to do it is to take a metal bolt or rod long enough to reach above the fan, and a hammer, and give it a good ding, out close to the fan, to sort of shock the threads loose. Then, if it won't turn by turning the fan blades, find a large pair of pliers, or vice grips, and start it turning that way. It's not left-hand threads, by the way, like the idiot on the phone from the local Dodge dealer told me it was.
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when I had to replace my fan clutch I got an OLD serpentine belt (don't use your good one or it will most likely ruin it) and had someone hold it very, very tightly around the water pump pulley to hold it still while I used a very large crescent wrench to break it loose. If you don't have someone to hold the belt for you, get a cheap socket and make a bug enough notch in it so you can put the belt through it and use a socket wrench to hold it tight (my grandpap used to use this trick for holding pulleys)
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what that_guy is describing is a make shift strap wrench, which works very well for this, as well as a BFW (big ****ing wrench) and BFH (big ****ing hammer) to break the nut loose.
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what that_guy is describing is a make shift strap wrench, which works very well for this, as well as a BFW (big ****ing wrench) and BFH (big ****ing hammer) to break the nut loose.
+1 shrp
strap wrench... I had a brain fart when I wrote that and couldn't think of what to call it
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+2 on the BFH and BFW. My dad stuck a piece of scratch pad in between the belt and pulley so the pulley couldn't slip. Then just put a little extra tension on the belt using the tensioner and a socket. Then come the BFH and BFW to get your fan loose.
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I just used a set of vise grips on the pulley and then let the VGs catch on the engine stud and turned the channel locks.
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thanks guys,from proud owner of new strap wrench. i might get the next one done in half a day.
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I just did my water pump and what i used is an old jack handle (one with the little nu that sticks out and a hex key. now the nut will turn to the passenger side so here is what you do. take the hex key (as big as you can get to fit the pulley hole) put it in one hole and put the end of the hex key in the end of the jack handle and rotate the pulley to the passenger side (this will brace the pulley and keep it from spinning) now place your 36mm / 1 7/16" open end wrench on the fan clutch nut and give it a good quick whack twords the passenger side and bingo it"s loose. and top it all of you didn't have to fab up a special tool or spend money on one.
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I just did my water pump and what i used is an old jack handle (one with the little nu that sticks out and a hex key. now the nut will turn to the passenger side so here is what you do. take the hex key (as big as you can get to fit the pulley hole) put it in one hole and put the end of the hex key in the end of the jack handle and rotate the pulley to the passenger side (this will brace the pulley and keep it from spinning) now place your 36mm / 1 7/16" open end wrench on the fan clutch nut and give it a good quick whack twords the passenger side and bingo it"s loose. and top it all of you didn't have to fab up a special tool or spend money on one.
that would be ideal except that not everyone's pulley has holes in it or bolts to hold. mine has no holes or bolts and I believe that the rest of us are in the same boat. guess you just got lucky with that
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No it should have holes in it. Dodge has a special tool that goes in those holes to hold it while you take the fan off.
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No it should have holes in it. Dodge has a special tool that goes in those holes to hold it while you take the fan off.
+1... i used the strap wrench and the bfh and bfw. there are holes in mine. the tool cost a lot and isn't worth it for a one time job. the tool would cost more than my water pump did
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No it should have holes in it. Dodge has a special tool that goes in those holes to hold it while you take the fan off.
mine definitely has no holes or bolts on it
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mine definitely has no holes or bolts on it
Not doubting you but could you take a picture of the pulley and pump I would like to see if it maybe an aftermarket pump and pulley.
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Dirtrango....not to change the subject here, but I see that you're getting 17.5 MPG average. Are most of your miles on the highway? I've read that these things are lucky to average 14 or 15, with a mix of city/highway driving, which means that mine will get little use, if I can't make it do any better than that.
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Dirtrango....not to change the subject here, but I see that you're getting 17.5 MPG average. Are most of your miles on the highway? I've read that these things are lucky to average 14 or 15, with a mix of city/highway driving, which means that mine will get little use, if I can't make it do any better than that.
i get about 14 city and 17 or 18 highway. the trick with these is when accelerating is to try to keep your rps at about 2000 and dont lead foot it
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i get about 14 city and 17 or 18 highway. the trick with these is when accelerating is to try to keep your rps at about 2000 and dont lead foot it
+1 about the 2k rpms. I've gotten mine to just about where yours is at search for mileage.
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brhordes, if you do a search you will get a full list of mpg results, but i usually get around 16-17 around town, and as high as 20 on the highway, i however have the 4.7 (im not sure what engine you have)
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brhordes, if you do a search you will get a full list of mpg results, but i usually get around 16-17 around town, and as high as 20 on the highway, i however have the 4.7 (im not sure what engine you have)
It's the 360, but to be completely honest, I'd rather have the 4.7 and the 20 mpg.

Anybody know what the compression ratio is in these things, and whether there's room to increase efficiency by changing pistons and going with 10 or 10.5 to 1 squeeze, if it isn't already?
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Dirtrango....not to change the subject here, but I see that you're getting 17.5 MPG average. Are most of your miles on the highway? I've read that these things are lucky to average 14 or 15, with a mix of city/highway driving, which means that mine will get little use, if I can't make it do any better than that.
Yes the majority of my driving is highway but in the morning you could call it a parking lot.

And as SRCH said drive keeping the rpm under or around 2000 and you can get better mpg's
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