|03-20-2011, 07:28 PM||#11 (permalink)|
I don't suggest it in this instance...but for hard to move hardware I use a torch.
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|03-21-2011, 07:28 AM||#12 (permalink)|
BenzWorld Senior Member
Date registered: Aug 2010
Vehicle: 2001 ML430 Sport bought in very nice shape despite 156K miles in August 2010
Location: McLean, VA
I know the shop manual specifies removal of the viscous fan, but its entirely possible to remove and repace the radiator without removing the fan. The front electric fans come off, then the radiator comes out fairly easily with the viscous fan in place. That's the way I did mine recently, and it went as smooth as butter.
|03-21-2011, 04:33 PM||#14 (permalink)|
Date registered: Aug 2006
Vehicle: 02 ML320
Location: Bronx, New York
|03-21-2011, 06:17 PM||#16 (permalink)|
At a point a 55 owner might be well served to look at aftermarket electric fans when
theirs dies. They come in almost every dimension and size conceivable and are half
the price or less than the OEM fan.
One member has already done that and got his fan from a racing supply company.
He was not "going to pay a grand for a fan!!!" as he put it.
|03-22-2011, 09:23 AM||#17 (permalink)|
Cigarros Finos Aficionado
|03-23-2011, 08:28 AM||#18 (permalink)|
Date registered: Sep 2007
Vehicle: 2000 ML320 (x2)
Location: san antonio, tx
You don't HAVE to remove the fan, you really WANT to. It was a much harder and more frustrating job with the fan and shroud in place.
When I put the oil lines back on, add the fluids and start it up, I give the A/C system a 50/50 shot of working because it was very much in the way because I didn't take off the viscous fan.
|03-23-2011, 10:10 AM||#19 (permalink)|
|04-02-2011, 05:06 PM||#20 (permalink)|
Date registered: Apr 2011
I need to remove the fan off my '99 ML430 in order to get to the belt tensioner that self-destructed. I have the counter holder tool wedged against the frame and am turning the nut on the fan counter-clockwise. The 36mm wrench measures almost 39mm and is slipping off. The torque is only supposed to be 45Nm, how is it the thing won't budge? The direction of the nut is CCW to loosen right???
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