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jimmy
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6/05/2002
22:31:41

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Has any one experienced a loud fan type noise comming from their dak at start up? Is this a problem that needs to be fixed?



clutcher
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6/06/2002
13:20:16

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No, this is perfectly normal.
The viscous fluid thickens when engine is cold, thus the clutch is in full lock up. WHen you start it, you hear the FAN blades, not the clutch making noise. Then you drive for a bit and the noise goes away. This is totally normal.

When the fan ceases to make any kind of noise, then I would have it checked out.



don94
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6/06/2002
16:22:06

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Jimmy:
i have 2 questions on ur fan noise. do u have a/c? and what year is ur trk. my manual which covers to 96 dak states only trks with a/c have vicous fans and that when cold, and i mean normal cold not winter cold the fan does not activate and and high speed also disengages. on trks like mine the fan is activated at all times.I have 94 dakII v6. hope this helps. mine does not make noise at any time that is discernable.



Bill Smith
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6/07/2002
00:38:33

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Jimmy, somebody may have replaced your fan clutch with a thermal type instead of the viscouse
type. I personaly have made this mistake and my 96 3.9 sounds like a darn F-16 takin off! fan roars lika banshie! thermal fans are about half the price and we had one in stock. ( Auto Zone) hasn't hurt anything, Just agravating as heck. Hope this helps, Bill



JOE
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10/20/2003
15:52:54

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00 4.7 4x4 5 SPEED, MY FAN CLUTCH WORKS SOMETIMES AND NOT SOME OTHER DAYS. DAY TIME TEMP IS NOT A FACTOR. SOMETIMES IT IS ON FULL TIME FOR A WEEK OTHER TIMES IT WORKS FINE FOR A WEEK OR TWO MORE. I HAVE CUSTOM EXHAUST WITH RAVEN MUF. I CAN'T EVEN HERE THAT OVER THE FAN FULLLY ENGAGED. I HAVE 42K IT JUST STARTED 1000 MILES AGO. HELP?



Ed
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10/22/2003
12:13:01

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Yea, I have a 2000, at first I thought it was the idle air control celeniod not closing properly, but I cleaned it and it is still happening. The fan (I have a 3.9) makes more noise than my flowmaster, all I hear is the fan for about the first five or six minutes no matter if it is a hot or cold day, it sounds like the motor is going to explode. What is wierd is that if the truck has run for a while (say an hour or so) and I restart it, it will not kick on all the time, just some times at the same engine temp. Could this be something wrong with the viscus clutch, or is this just par for the course?



Kyle
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10/24/2003
18:55:44

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I have a 2000 3.9L SLT and my fan use to make this noise every time on a cold start and stop by the time I hit 2nd gear. Then one day here in Indiana, we had a flood. Trying to have some fun on a rainy day, I drove it through some high water. Got through it with no problem, but ever since then, that fan has not made a noise. Kinda made my horn sound funny though, like it was underwater. Horn works fine now. LOL



Frank
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5/18/2004
17:46:58

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I bought a used 96 3.9 w/ ac and had the fan clutch replaced because it would spin intermittantly and the ac was not pumping properly, especially on idle. I got a little cold air but not much. I read that on all Dakotas that the fan and fan clutch should be replaced by Dodge because of the noise, and I have that roaring noise, too! I wonder if there is a link between the noise and the failure of the fan clutch. At any rate, I had it replaced, and the ac worked wonderfully for about 8 months, and now it is broken again. Not sure about thermal vs. viscous.



peter
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8/07/2005
21:10:39

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I have this crazy loud noise since I changed the fan clutch on my 97 chev tahoe from auto zone. I dont know if they gave me the right fan cluth, and it kind loss power on my truck.



clutcher
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8/08/2005
12:11:03

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I'm a friggin retard and I don't have a clue.

When cold the fan should not be engaged. It engages when it gets hot.

Noise on start up is the sign of a bad clutch.

Again, I'm sorry I'm so stupid and I posted crap like a moron.



Tony Burgess
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2/15/2015
15:29:46

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I just had my 2002 Dodge Dakota in to replace the fan clutch along with the air conditioning unit. I had some noise from the fan every once in a while before hand, just thinking it was a cold engine warming up. The new F.C. is a more powerful one, and is loud when I start it up, but when I asked about this at the dealer, they said it is normal, and it dies down to nothing within 1/4 mile or less. It had made a light grinding noise before I replaced it, don't hear that now. Apparently the bearings were worn, most likely due to the fact the original wasn't powerful enough(??). But the noise on start up is normal.



Frank Rock
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2/08/2016
14:26:09

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I have a 1999 Dodge Dakota v-8. Fan clutch makes a squealing noise. Not all the time. Fan clutch runs from start-up to engine off. After engine stops, the blade continues to spin freely. Any ideas and is spinning normal?



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