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How to Replace Radiator Fan Shroud 02-08 Dodge Ram

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  1. step : Draining the Coolant (0:39)
    • Open the radiator drain
    • Drain a bit of fluid out
    • Close the valve
  2. step : Removing the Radiator Fan (1:02)
    • Insert a pipe wrench to the radiator fan nut
    • Insert a 3/8 drive ratchet into the tensioner
    • Tap the pipe wrench with a hammer to knock the nut loose
    • Loosen the radiator fan nut off with an adjustable wrench
    • Remove the radiator fan
  3. step : Removing the Coolant Reservoir (1:45)
    • Remove the hose from the bottom of your washer pump
    • Drain the coolant fluid
    • Disconnect the water pump connector
    • Disconnect the coolant level sensor
    • Remove the overflow hose from the fill neck on the radiator
    • Remove the two 10mm bolts from the coolant bottle
    • Lift the reservoir up and out
  4. step : Removing the Radiator Fan Shroud (2:39)
    • Remove the 13mm bolt under the fill neck on the radiator
    • Loosen the upper radiator hose clamp at the radiator
    • Twist and free the radiator hose up and off
    • Remove the 13mm bolt on the fan shroud
    • Lift the fan shroud up and out
  5. step : Installing the Radiator Fan Shroud (3:19)
    • Insert the radiator fan shroud into place
    • Insert the two 13mm bolts at the top of the fan shroud
  6. step : Reinstalling the Radiator Fan (3:48)
    • Insert the radiator fan into place
    • Start the nut by hand
    • Spin the nut into place
    • Tighten the pipe wrench to the radiator fan nut
    • Hammer the radiator fan nut into place
  7. step : Reinstalling the Coolant Reservoir (4:29)
    • Insert the coolant reservoir into place
    • Tighten the two 10mm bolts to the top of the tank
    • Insert the overflow tube into place
    • Reconnect the water pump connector
    • Reconnect the coolant level sensor
    • Reconnect the upper radiator hose
    • Tighten the upper radiator hose clamp into place
  8. step : Refilling the Coolant (5:30)
    • Refill the washer fluid
    • Remove the radiator cap by pressing down counterclockwise
    • Refill with 50/50 coolant

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In this video, we're going to show you how to replace your radiator fan shroud. This is a 2008 Dodge Ram, this is the same for 2003 to 2008. You'll need a new radiator fan shroud from 1AAuto.com, large adjustable wrench, 3/8 drive ratchet, hammer, drain bucket, flat blade screwdriver, 10-13mm sockets, more engine coolant, and more washer fluid.

This can easily be done from the ground, but we raised and supported our vehicle, and put a drain bucket under our radiator.

Open the drain on the bottom of the radiator. You only have to remove the upper radiator hose, so just drain a little bit of fluid out to make sure you don't lose too much, and then re-close valve.

Your radiator fan is located at the back of your radiator, attached to your water pump. There's a few different ways to take this off, but we're going to use a pipe wrench secured to the nut, a 3/8 ratchet to add a little bit of tension to our serpentine belt and keep the water pump from spinning, and a hammer. We're just going to knock the nut loose, and use an adjustable wrench to take the nut the rest of the way off. Then move your fan out from behind the shroud and set it off to the side.

Remove the feed tube on the bottom of your washer pump, make sure you have a drain bucket to catch what comes out. Lift the red safety to the connector, release the connector from your washer pump. Release the red safety from the level sensor, disconnect from your level sensor.

Remove your overflow hose from the fill neck on the radiator, remove the two 10mm bolts. Lift the reservoir out of the car, being careful not to damage your sensors and pump, set it off to the side.

Remove the 13mm bolt under the fill neck on the radiator. Loosen the hose clamp on the upper radiator hose at the radiator.

To remove a radiator hose without damaging it, we're going to twist and free it up before pulling it off and setting it to the side. Remove the other 13mm bolts on the fan shroud. Lift up on the fan shroud to release it from its tabs, put it off to the side.

Your fan shroud has two tabs that will slide into this hook and the matching one on the opposite side. These tabs will slide into the hooks. Install your two 13mm bolts at the top of the shroud.

Reinstall your cooling fan into the shroud. You should be able to start the nut by hand; spin it down pretty close using the fan. Finish tightening, adjust your pipe wrench or pliers to the nut. Some water pumps are reverse-thread. This one is not, so we'll give it a few tabs clockwise to finish putting it on.

Reinstall the two tabs on the bottom of the expansion tank and washer reservoir into the corresponding slots at the bottom of the fan shroud. Install the two 10mm bolts at the top of the tank.

Reinstall your overflow tube to the back of the filler neck on the radiator. Reconnect your washer fluid line and your electrical connectors. Make sure to snap the red safety tabs back into place.

Reconnect your upper radiator hose and tighten the clamp.

Refill your washer fluid. Remove the radiator cap by pressing down, turning counterclockwise two clicks. Fill your radiator with mopar approved 50/50 coolant.

Thanks for tuning in. We hope this video helped you out. Next time you need parts for your car, please visit 1AAuto.com. Also check out our other helpful how-to and diagnosis videos.

Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Hammer
  • Drain Pan

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Anti-Freeze
  • Windshield Washer Fluid

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Pipe Wrench

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet
  • Socket Extensions
  • 3/8 Inch Drive Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket
  • 13mm Socket


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