The High Cost Of Putting Off Fan Clutch Replacement

For whatever reason, many people put off replacing the fan clutch on their vehicle. After all, if the fan is working and not making too much noise, or the car doesn’t overheat, it shouldn’t be a big deal, right?

But a bad fan clutch doesn’t just cause overheating issues. It can also cause poor engine performance or create other issues which can cost you more money. Let’s look at some of these issues and why they could lead to a high cost from putting off a fan clutch replacement.

A Failing Fan Clutch Causes Poor Engine Performance

A bad fan clutch fails in one of two ways – it can either prevent the fan from engaging or cause it to run all the time. When the fan doesn’t engage, it can cause the vehicle to overheat, leading to a host of issues and costly repairs. However, a fan that runs all the time can also cause serious problems because the engine never warms up to the right operating temperature. The most common fan clutch issues include:

  • Poor engine performance
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Excessive wear on the battery or charging system
  • The heater doesn’t warm up the interior effectively
  • The air conditioning does not cool the interior as efficiently

A Failing Fan Clutch Can Cause Other Issues

The fan clutch has an important job – it engages the fan when the engine gets too hot and disengages the fan when the engine is cool or at a normal temperature. As such, the fan clutch will operate the most in warmer weather and when your vehicle is traveling at low speeds. Low speed driving in warm weather conditions is the time when your vehicle is most susceptible to overheating. If a failing fan clutch is left too long or driven excessively under harsh conditions, it can cause other issues which could lead to more expensive repair bills, including:

  • Noticeably higher gas costs
  • Shorter battery lifespan
  • More frequent tuneups or fuel-related issues

Replacing A Fan Clutch With One From GMB Will Save You Money

New Fan Clutch

GMB is a leading supplier of fan clutches that are quiet and designed to OE specifications. Our fan clutches stand out because they are made from high-quality carbon steel and are precision tested using rigorous standards to ensure they maintain strict tolerances. Visit our product page for more information or contact us if you have any questions.


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