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Cooling systems depend on the amount of cool air that passes through the car's radiator. The radiator fan, a vital cooling system component, forces cool air through the radiator. How about taking it a step further and get a Fan Shroud for your car? The shroud assists the radiator fan in channeling the flow of air sucked by the fan. This helps increase the cooling potential of the fan for a cooler and more efficient engine operation. A cooler running engine burns fuel more efficiently, resulting in more power and better fuel savings. Now, who says that this Fan Shroud is an unimportant part of your car? Made of durable and strong materials, this shroud is tough enough to endure extreme heat coming from the radiator and the engine. With controlled airflow, this accessory increases the cooling potential of your ride, protecting your car's engine from overheating. Check out Auto Parts Warehouse's product catalog and find the best Fan Shroud that fits your car best. With our price-match guarantee, you're sure to get the parts that you need at the lowest prices possible. So what are you waiting for? Go and get your car parts needs only from Auto Parts Warehouse.
Supply Your Engine the Right Air Amount Using a Fan Shroud
A car engine produces heat that reaches 280F in only a few minutes. This is why a cooling system is included to maintain the engine's temperature at a tolerable level. The radiator, fan, and fan shroud are parts of that system, and the focus of this segment is on the fan shroud. It may look like a part your car can live without, but it actually provides an irreplaceable function. Read on to find why, and discover more information.
What's a fan shroud and how does it work?
Basically, a fan shroud surrounds the fan, that's it; but there's an even deeper explanation. Since the fan assists the radiator in cooling the engine, the radiator needs all the air it can get. The fan shroud is designed to gather the moving air from the fan to the radiator. If there's no fan shroud, the air from the fan will scatter, and the radiator will not cool the engine effectively.
Are fan shrouds the same for all types of cars?
Fan shrouds are mostly different for every car type. Although the difference can be minimal, you should remember that it has to equate the size of the fan, and the need of the engine. The material used also varies; it can be plastic, aluminum or steel. Another factor you should consider is the single or dual fan types. To make it easier, check your current fan shroud and see whether it has only one fan or two.
How difficult is it to put a new fan shroud?
If you have a wrench at home and some safety gear, then there's no difficulty at all. Fan shrouds have been designed with bolt-on installation. Keep in mind the size of the fan shroud though, it ranges from 16-20 inches; make sure to get the size you need.
An Easy Reference for Fan Shroud Replacement
The arrangement of the cooling system in your engine begins with the radiator; next is the fan and then the fan shroud. Since this guide is for the fan shroud replacement, you will first discover how to remove the radiator and then the easier portion which is the fan shroud. This step-by-step guide will show you how.
Difficulty Level: Hard
Tools you'll need:
- Floor Jack
- Jack Stands
- Oil Pan
- Socket wrench
- Socket Set
- Screwdriver set
- New fan shroud
Safety Advice: Before you begin, wear a safety eyewear first. Use gloves to avoid grease all over your hands and wear appropriate working clothes.
Step 1: Lift the front portion of the car using the floor jack.
Step 2: Secure the desired height by placing the jack stands underneath the car's solid frames.
Step 3: Place the oil pan underneath the radiator drain hose, and pull the hose off. Make sure it the pan catches all the coolant.
Step 4: Remove the radiator hose located on top using the screwdriver or the socket wrench.
Step 5: Disconnect the electric connection of the radiator fan, and remove the bolts that hold the fan. If the fan is connected to the radiator, you have to pull-out the radiator first.
Step 6: Remove the bolts that hold the radiator on the top and lower portions, and pull the radiator out. You will also be able to pull-out the fan as well.
Step 7: Locate the bolts on top that hold the fan shroud on top and use the socket wrench to remove it. Likewise, find the retaining clips at the bottom, snap it loose, and remove the fan shroud.
Step 8: Attach the new fan shroud.
Step 9: Return all the parts by doing the entire procedure starting from the previous step. Remember to refill the car's coolant before you switch the engine on.
The fan shroud replacement itself takes only 10-15 minutes, but since you have to deal with the radiator and the fan, the entire process is around 1-2 hours to complete.