[Biturbos4] Radiator fan replacement

MattOVR6 at aol.com MattOVR6 at aol.com
Mon Feb 14 15:25:41 EST 2005

Frank (and biturbo list),
    After doing more research and talking to my mechanic about it, I determined that it was the fan clutch the is causing the fan to be making so much noise.  We tried to slow down the fan while it was running, and it wouldn't happen.  I guess the oil inside has a viscosity that makes it turn more when hot and less or not at all when cold. It might be the bearing too, but it's just as easy to replace the whole unit.  I scored a fan and fan clutch from Mike (piggie on AW), and got it here.  I haven't taken it apart just yet; was trying to find a way to replace it without taking off the front of the car, but I don't think there is a way.

The DIY I found on Audiworld is located at:

Thanks for replying. Does anyone know an easy way to replace the fan without pulling the front end off??

-Matt O.
00 S4

Might it be a bearing gone rather than the clutch?

If so you will have to repair it to allow the belt to
be used


--- "D. F. Haley" <dfhaley at snet.net> wrote:
> Matt O wrote:
> Since I changed the timing belt on my 2000 S4, the
> fan has been running non-stop, and sounds like a
> truck.  I talked to my mechanic about it, and he
> said that he thinks that the fan clutch inside the
> belt driven fan on the front of the motor might have
> gone bad.  It is always on, and you are not able to
> stop it when it runs.  It's my understanding that
> there is a fluid inside that thickens as it warms
> and causes the fan to turn with the engine at that
> time, and when it's cool, it won't spin as fast.
> Has anyone had theirs go bad?  He thought that it
> might be a good idea to remove this fan, and replace
> it with a flex-a-lite electric unit mounted to the
> back of the radiator instead (if the fan unit and
> fan clutch were about the same price).
> Anyone?  Thanks for the help!
> Matt O.
> 2000 Nogaro S4, 77k miles.
> ----
> Matt,  there's a nice write-up with pictures for
> replacing the fan which you can find by searching
> the archive at Audiworld.com.
> If I recall correctly, it requires removing a lot of
> stuff, including the front bumper.  I think the
> poster got a kit from someone
> like SPP.  The kit allows you to mount the new fan
> inside the shroud behind the radiator.  It's a bit
> tricky though because there's
> not a lot of room there, so it has to be mounted
> pretty carefully.  The good news is that the
> electric fans will draw less power, and
> you can hook them directly into the aux fan circuit,
> or switch them manually if you prefer.
> HTH!
> Frank
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