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Noisy cooling fan, 98 ranger

Hey guys ive been having a problem with my cooling fan...it is EXTREMELY NOISY when accelerating. like it sounds like a tornado is under the hood or like being in a wind tunnel or something. kinda embarrassing and annoying.

I also seem to be getting worse gas mileage and lacking power since this problem started. Are these symptoms of a shot fan clutch? I tried turning the fan by hand with the engine off and it turns but with a little resistance, is that normal or should it spin freely?

Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!
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Either the fan clutch or the coolant temperature is running high. If it does it when the engine is cool it's the clutch.
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yep it does it all the time even when engines cool. i was hesistant to think clutch because i was told if clutch is seized then i wouldnt be able to turn the fan by hand, which i can but with a bit of resistance.
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