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Electric vs Engine Driven Fan

Post  Doug Rahn on January 19th 2013, 6:28 pm

This is something I have been back and forth on since I started planning the Econoline project. What's the consensus on them. I like the simplicity of an engine driven fan and not being concerned about electric motors, relays, sensors failing. But on the other hand a well design electric system, at highway speeds the fan may never turn on. What's your opinion Question
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Re: Electric vs Engine Driven Fan

Post  crittersf1 on January 19th 2013, 6:30 pm

Electric is my choice.
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Post  mtacqua on January 19th 2013, 6:49 pm

coupled with an electric pump and you can cool the car with the motor not running. Also, when the it's cold out I leave the fan off.
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Post  dfree383 on January 19th 2013, 6:52 pm

A good clutch fan is hard to beat.
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Re: Electric vs Engine Driven Fan

Post  Doug Rahn on January 19th 2013, 6:53 pm

One thing I forgot to mention for those that don't know, this is not for racing. It's a highway vehicle for towing only.
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Post  jeffgfg on January 19th 2013, 7:08 pm

I'm not sure in your case what would be the best but I have put over 300,000 miles on 2 1996 Taurus's with no problems with the electric fans and I believe that all newer vehicles use electric fans and they can't all be wrong! I think that it would be easy to use the electric fan with a temp switch and a manual by-pass switch just in case. Just my 2 cents.

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Post  cool40 on January 19th 2013, 10:04 pm

i had a dual flex-a-lite setup on my lightning and it worked great.it was a variable speed deal so it never run hard unless the air was on in town on 100*day.
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Post  bbf-falcon on January 19th 2013, 10:55 pm

For what you are doing I really do agree w/Dave and the clutch fan. Very Happy

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