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Thermostatic Fan Clutch locked up should I get an efan ?

So I am driving along and my Thermostatic Fan Clutch locks up and wont unlock so the fan is running all the time. Its really loud, it sounds like there is a hurricane under the hood. So I don't know what to do. I am going to try and get it fixed under warrrentee, if that doesn't work I wondering how much does an efan really cost ?
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efan 150 bucks from bob.

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how loud is that efan, I know Griggs has one and it sounds like an air raid
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They will be pretty loud if they move over 2800 CFM...which is a lot of air. They wont always be on though un til needed
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Ha ha! My efan is a cheap but effective one -- loud but high airflow.

You can spend more than I did and get a quieter one that does a fine job.

That's exactly what happened to me though: fan locked up and was loud and killed my acceleration also.

Bob's fans are good and much quieter I believe. I went "budget" to keep the cost well below $100 (the deductible from my extended warranty on the truck, lol) -- but since then the cheap controller I bought failed and I had to MAKE (not buy, lol) another one, and I must endure the eternal jokes about how loud the fan is, lol (though it really doesn't bother me).

You may want to wire a 3 position switch as I have. In one position the fan is off. Period. Good for hitting deep water. In another position the automatic controller is in charge. In the third position the fan is in override -- full on. This allows me full control in all circumstances including failure of the automatic controller.

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Ha ha! My efan is a cheap but effective one -- loud but high airflow.

You can spend more than I did and get a quieter one that does a fine job.

That's exactly what happened to me though: fan locked up and was loud and killed my acceleration also.

Bob's fans are good and much quieter I believe. I went "budget" to keep the cost well below $100 (the deductible from my extended warranty on the truck, lol) -- but since then the cheap controller I bought failed and I had to buy another one, and I must endure the eternal jokes about how loud the fan is, lol (though it really doesn't bother me).

You may want to wire a 3 position switch as I have. In one position the fan is off. Period. Good for hitting deep water. In another position the automatic controller is in charge. In the third position the fan is in override -- full on. This allows me full control in all circumstances including failure of the automatic controller.
Good idea, I had been thinking about it trying to run while in water, somebody told me they had theirs try to come on while submerged and it blew the fuse and they didn't have a replacement and about over heated getting to a replecement.

I don't think mine is hurting my acceleration what I lost in horsepower I must have gained in thrust. j/k
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OEM is about $120...

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The price from Bob is a complete kit with fan, controller, switch, etc. It's not a bad price. It's $159 at the site when I looked last.
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OEM is about $120...

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You can buy the fan clutch for cheaper than that at autopart stores. Mine was replaced at one point for less than a hundred bucks.
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I'd just go with buying one from bob. Its all gotta come off anyway to be replaced. I wheeled with my fan and never had a problem.
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Oh, and some of the fan clutchs at auto parts stores aren't thermostatic like ours was, by the way. Ours is both viscous coupled and thermostatic.

Some of the aftermarket ones are less efficient fuel-wise, due to the loss of the thermostatic function. Always check to make sure it's an exact replacement in terms of function. Some are and some aren't. I found that out when I was looking around making up my mind about what to do about mine when it locked up.
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