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Old August 12th, 2011, 05:58 PM
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200TDI Viscous Fan

noobie to D-90 but have posted before (this is the first appeal for advice though).

I have a D-110 w/ 200TDI that I noticed was getting a bit "warm". Further inspection revealed that the fan unit (viscous clutch type) was spinning pretty slowly given that the engine temp was creeping up to 3/4 on the gauge. Wasn't getting too hot, just a little hotter than normal IMO.

Is there a way to test the viscous fan to see if it is failing/failed? I would like to keep the current system an avoid going to electric fan. I was horrified to learn that RN would have to special order the fan clutch from LR at a cost of $570 (ouch!!)

Assuming the fan clutch is cooked, is there any way to permanently lock-up the clutch? is there really a need for the fan to slip at all?

I'm trying to avoid sinking $570 into one of the most basic/simplistic parts in the entire vehicle.

I'll post a WTB in the correct section of this forum if anyone has a used fan/clutch.
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Old August 12th, 2011, 06:30 PM
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My understanding is that when the motor is warmed up you should not be able to stop the fan. So you can gently stick a rolled up magazine or newspaper in there to attempt to stop the fan. If it stops, it's toast. I think Pendy on this board sells normal fans without clutches.

I am in the same boat as you with my 200tdi.
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Old August 12th, 2011, 10:10 PM
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http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Land-Rover-Dis...-/270358377766

Or this one

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Land-Rover-Def...ht_1664wt_1141

See if they'll post it to you

I'm sure a discovery one is the same as a defender one.
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Old August 13th, 2011, 12:31 AM
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http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Land-Rover-Dis...-/270358377766

Or this one

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Land-Rover-Def...ht_1664wt_1141

See if they'll post it to you

I'm sure a discovery one is the same as a defender one.
Thanks!
I should have thought eBay.UK. It's on its way!

US$55 plus postage is what that part should cost. I realize it's not RN's fault they can only get the part from Land Rover, but geez $570?!?!?
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Splendid, get it mended.
Glad to have helped
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Old August 16th, 2011, 12:50 AM
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My understanding is that when the motor is warmed up you should not be able to stop the fan. So you can gently stick a rolled up magazine or newspaper in there to attempt to stop the fan. If it stops, it's toast. I think Pendy on this board sells normal fans without clutches.

I am in the same boat as you with my 200tdi.
I can stop my fan most of the time with the engine warm, the fan does kick in but rarely, same with the discovery.
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If you want to fix it on the cheap...then just replace the bolts that hold the fan to the clutch with longer ones. You really only need to do two of them to make it work right.
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