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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-02-2010, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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Fan and Clutch Remove during the winter?

Anyone remove the fan and clutch during the winter months? Just curious is it helps at all seems the diesel never gets real warm during the winter months. Gets to operating temp and all good heat. Just wondering if its worth doing? Pulling 4 place sled trailer to the mountains soon and wondering if it would be any benefit.

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Re: Fan and Clutch Remove during the winter?

I wouldn't remove it... With my 360 conversion, I would get absoutley no heat at all..... I merely cut a sheet of cardboard half the size of the radiator and slid it between the IC and rad. This way the IC still works efficently and now I have heat in the cab....

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Re: Fan and Clutch Remove during the winter?

They also have the perfab grill covers that the run up north that strap onto the outside of the grill.
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Re: Fan and Clutch Remove during the winter?

If you are gonna pull, leave it on. I removed mine and ran almost to summer here in TX with it like that.

The problem is this, if you fog up your windshield and turn on the defrost, then stop at a light with it on, it will spike the pressure in the system because it can't cool the condenser. If you remember to turn it off except when you are moving, you are okay. But if you are gonna pull, you need some kind of fan. I went to electrics and it does fine if I'm not pulling in the summer. But I found out the hard way that if it's hot, and you are pulling, electric fans won't cut it.

But for the most part, during the cooler months, you can get away without a fan. You can actually still cool the truck by idling without a fan when it's cool. Just remember when you have the a/c or defrost on, it needs air moving over the condenser, or bad things happen. The first time I did this, I started hearing this loud hissing noise in the cab. Scared the crap outta me. Anyway, that's my take.

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Re: Fan and Clutch Remove during the winter?

I pulled mine off a couple years ago and it worked great! Seemed to warm up faster, run quieter, and the heater was warmer. I also had the front end completely blocked off and had no overheating issues, in fact I feel that the heater core was enough to keep temps normal. This worked so well I ended up leaving the fan off since then(year round), even when pulling my 32' Enclosed gooseneck that is loaded with a race car, parts, tools, gennie, and everything else.............no issues...........at all! Keep in mind that while we have some serious hill climbs around here, there is hardly any stop-and go traffic either. In a city driving situation I might not have had such great luck.
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