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How to Replace Radiator Fan and Clutch 00-06 Chevy Suburban

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  1. step : Removing the Intake Runner (0:57)
    • Loosen the intake hose clamp with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Separate the hose from the mass air flow sensor
    • Loosen the hose clamp at the throttle body
    • Separate the hose from the throttle body
    • Unclip the hoses from the intake runner
    • Lift the intake runner out of the vehicle
  2. step : Removing the Fan Shroud (1:53)
    • Unclamp the hoses from the fan shroud
    • Remove the two 10mm bots from the top of the fan shroud
    • Pop the four plastic pins out of the shroud with trim tools
    • Pull the radiator shroud up and out
  3. step : Removing the Radiator Fan (3:03)
    • Use a c-clamp to hold the serpentine belt to the water pump pulley
    • Use an adjustable wrench and a piece of pipe to break the fan nut loose
    • Spin the fan off the water pump pulley by hand
  4. step : Separating the Fan from the Fan Clutch (4:04)
    • Remove the four 13mm bolts that attach the fan to the clutch
    • Pop the fan clutch out of the fan
  5. step : Attaching the Fan to the Fan Clutch (4:47)
    • Line up the fan and fan clutch
    • Install the four 13mm bolts that hold the fan to the clutch
  6. step : Installing the Fan (5:12)
    • Spin the fan onto the water pump pulley
    • Use a c-clamp to hold the serpentine belt to the water pump pulley
    • Tighten the fan nut with an adjustable wrench
    • Remove the c-clamp
  7. step : Installing the Fan Shroud (5:48)
    • Line up the fan shroud using the locating pins
    • Push the four plastic clips into the fan shroud
    • Install the two 10mm bolts into the fan shroud
    • Clip the hoses onto the shroud
  8. step : Installing the Intake Runner (6:36)
    • Line up the intake runner
    • Push the hose onto the throttle body
    • Clip the hoses to the intake runner
    • Push the hose onto the MAF sensor
    • Tighten the two hose clamps with a flat blade screwdriver

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In this video, we're going to be working with our 2002 Chevy Suburban 5.3 liter V8. We're going to be showing you how to remove and replace either your fan or fan clutch. The process to remove and replace these parts is the same regardless of which one you're changing. If you like this video, please click subscribe. We have a ton more information on this and many other vehicles, and if you need the fan clutch for your car, you can follow the link down in the description over to Here are the items you'll need for this repair.

Loosen the hose clamp just after the mass air flow sensor. This is going to be the second one back from your air box. We'll do this using a flat blade screwdriver. Wiggle and twist the boot to release it from the mass air flow sensor. You may need to use your screwdriver to help kind of peel it back here. These tend to get stuck on pretty good.

We'll also remove the one at the throttle body. We'll need to disconnect the hoses from their clamps here. You can either try prying it out there or there's also a little clamp at the bottom here that you should be able to compress, pop loose with a flat blade, and remove the intake runner from the vehicle.

We'll pop this hose clamp out with a flat blade screwdriver and remove the hose. Remove the two 10 millimeter screws at the top of the fan shroud with a 10 millimeter socket and ratchet. We're going to use our trim tool from 1A Auto to pop these up. You can also do it with a flat blade screwdriver or a pair of side cutters. You don't have to remove the center pin fully. Just pop it up and wiggle the rest of the pin out. There's one at the back on each side like you saw there and then another one here up by the radiator. That one also has a twin on the opposite side. Pull back and lift out the upper radiator shroud.

There are a few methods for removing the large nut securing the fan clutch onto the water pump. Some of these methods include using air hammers, putting a wrench or an adjustable wrench on there and hitting it with a hammer. We haven't had luck with any of these methods, so we're going to use a C-clamp with a rubber boot on the clamp and clamp the serpentine belt together and onto the water pump pulley to try to keep it from turning. We also haven't had any luck with striking our adjustable wrench, so we're actually going to put a piece of pipe over it and just try to leverage it off there nice and easy. You should be able to spin the rest off nice and easy.

Now whether you're replacing the fan or the fan clutch, this being the fan, and the fan clutch being this aluminum, finned assembly here, the removal and re-installation process for either part will be the same. Once we've got it off the vehicle, use a 13 millimeter socket and ratchet to remove all four of the bolts.

Once the bolts are out, pop the fan clutch away from the fan and regardless of which piece you're replacing, install either the new clutch onto the old fan or the old fan onto the new clutch simply by laying it in, lining up the bolt holes, reinstalling and tightening all four of your 13 millimeter bolts.

Reinstall the radiator fan and clutch assembly onto the threads of the water pump pulley. Then you should be able to get this pretty much bottomed out by hand. Reinstall your clamp or whatever method you used to keep the water pump pulley from turning. Then tighten it back down with either the right wrench or your adjustable and remove the C-clamp.

Lift up on the upper radiator hose and reinstall the upper fan shroud. There are two little pins, one on each side, that'll help you to align everything and then we'll reinstall our four plastic clips by popping the base in and then locking the center pin down. Reinstall the two 10 millimeter screws at the top. Tighten them down with a 10 millimeter socket and ratchet.

Reinstall the hoses back into their clips. Reinstall the intake tubing. It's easiest to set it onto the throttle body. Re-engage the hoses into their clips and then get the boot over the air box. Then tighten down both clamps with a flat blade screwdriver.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Large C-Clamp

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Adjustable Wrench

  • Ratchets & Related

  • A Piece of Pipe (for leverage)
  • Ratchet
  • Socket Extensions

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 11mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket
  • 13mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

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