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Old 01-14-2018, 10:02 PM   #11
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The fan is going to spin when the engine is running, but when the clutch is engaged it is moving air around with much greater force than when it is just running along on parasitic drag.

The real test is, engine off, spin the fan by hand, and it should be pretty loose. Then get the engine up to temp, shut it off, the fan should still move, but be noticeably stiffer.

Or knock that sucker off there and see if it will warm up without the cardboard.
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Old 01-15-2018, 02:48 AM   #12
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I agree there is more to the story, Iím going to look more into it when itís no longer 10 deg outside. For now I can pass the inspection and drive my truck. I will update this when I figure it out. Is the fan supposed to run at all times?
The fan "runs" all the time because it is attached to the crankshaft. But, it has a clutch which is heat sensitive. When cold, it spins freely. When hot, not so much. If it's locked up, which can happen due to age, it will pull a whole lot more air through the radiator. And, when that air is as cold as it has been in most of the lower 48 lately, it can make a huge difference.

Like has been said, with the engine cold, you should be able to spin the fan very easily by hand. If you can't, it's in need of replacement.
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Old 01-19-2018, 07:10 PM   #13
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Awesome looking into this thanks fellas I’ve worked a lot the last few days but I’ve changed the oil the truck is doing well still. Hoping the fan isn’t junk.
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Old 01-19-2018, 08:14 PM   #14
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Just a thought-I was thinking maybe your truck heats up OK but maybe your heat blend door actuator is bad? Mine was and the heat was marginal at best until I replaced the motor that opens the little door to let the heat in. Plenty of youtube vids on how to check/replace.
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The blend door on mine has been broken for years. But mine, the part the door rotates on is broken, and thus I get heat on all settings except max air. And that is typically what happens when the blend door is broken. There's a fix for it, but I haven't really lost any sleep over it. My ac quit working some time ago, and I intend to rip all the ac stuff out. Like driving with the windows down, even in my Lightning. As long as I have heat in the winter, it's all good.
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Haven’t done much but drive the truck and have it inspected. I need to find new plate light sockets and covers. Local cops keep stopping me for the light looking for drunks. Also get a few bulbs for the cluster only 3 work I can’t see anything at night......

Also found out it’s the flex fuel model going to run a few gallons in the old girl and see what happens.
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Havenít done much but drive the truck and have it inspected. I need to find new plate light sockets and covers. Local cops keep stopping me for the light looking for drunks. Also get a few bulbs for the cluster only 3 work I canít see anything at night......

Also found out itís the flex fuel model going to run a few gallons in the old girl and see what happens.

if its never had alcohol in it before I would not do it now. Alcohol has a tendency to clean things which means contaminates in the tank can get loosened then sucked up by the pump.


NAPA and others have new bulb sockets
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Well I put half a tank of E85 in the old girl 30 Miles later still going lol 1.89vs 2.71 a gallon worth the risk. Going to hit the local parts store Monday looking for the sockets for the plate light.
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My 98 3.0 is not even a flex fuel vehicle, yet I put two gallons of E85 in with every fill up. It pings, so I use premium and add the E85 to that. I've had a lot of starting problems with it due to plugged injectors. Haven't had one starting problem since I started doing it last January. Haven't had one issue at all, not even a check engine light. Occasionally I get the PD codes for P0171/174, but they have yet to turn the light on. PD codes are pending codes, and mine will hold a P0171/174 PD code for months without turning the light on. So I don't lose sleep over it.

You can only know if a PD code is present by plugging a code reader in, which I do every time I drive it. It's old, and had a lot of issues in the past, so I like to keep an eye on it.
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I’m happy with the truck it’s a great beater man! Well worth the 800$ and a few hours of work I’ve put into it. E85 for the win! Can’t wait to do a full tank!
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