Common Fan Clutch Problems For The Chevy Trailblazer
If you have a Chevy Trailblazer, odds are you’ll experience issues with the fan clutch at some point. That’s why our team came up with this helpful guide about Trailblazer fan clutches. We’ll highlight causes of a fan clutch failure, cover some diagnostic tips, and provide repair info.
Chevy Trailblazer Fan Clutch Failure Symptoms
- Vehicle is overheating
- Vehicle doesn’t get to proper operating temps
- Loose or wobbly fan
- Excessively loud fan
- Lessened power and fuel efficiency
Trailblazer Fan Clutch Diagnosis And Repair Tips
If you think the fan clutch in your Trailblazer has failed, you can use a few reasonably simple tricks to check the fan. With the engine off and cool, try to spin the fan. If it either turns very easily or doesn’t move at all the fan clutch has likely failed. Also to wiggle the fan side to side. It should not wobble on its axel. If it does, the bearings are worn excessively.
If you have determined the fan clutch has failed, these tips may make removal easier:
Begin by disconnecting the battery. You may need to remove the fan shroud or even one of the upper coolant lines to provide enough room to work and maneuver your tools. Once you’ve located and identified the clutch, look for wiring at the rear of the clutch. Disconnect the wiring if present. (Not all fan clutches have wiring. Many do not.) Now you can begin to loosen the fan clutch from the water pump. You may need to use a large screw driver to hold the clutch in place while loosening the nut. A helper may come in handy for this step. You may need to use a breaker bar to help you get enough torque to break the nut loose. You can then remove the clutch from the topside of the engine bay.
Recommended Replacement Trailblazer Fan Clutch Parts
Why Do Chevy Trailblazers Have Fan Clutch Problems?
Chevy Trailblazer fan clutches aren’t inherently less reliable than other fan clutches. Because driving conditions can vary so much, fan clutch life can’t really be attributed to a certain mileage or years of usage. In most cases, a fan clutch failed simply because it wore out.
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