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Old 09-15-2012, 01:42 AM
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Question 4.6is Fan Clutch Conundrum

I ordered recently a new fan clutch for my 03 4.6is. The number in REALOEM is 17417505109. I ordered a BEHR of the same number. Pull out my clutch and it is the original BMW BEHR but is part# 11527500339. This clutch is thinner and has uses 3 screws at the rim to mount the fan vs the new one which uses 4 screws to the back of the case.

Looking up my original fan number in REALOEM it comes up as a fan clutch for an E38 750iL


I could get the fan which matches up with the new clutch or go looking for another clutch like the original. But I want to know why.
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Old 09-15-2012, 02:05 AM
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could it be an early production 4.6is? what is the date of manufacture?
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Old 09-15-2012, 02:19 AM
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The design was updated. The clutches used to seize.
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Old 09-15-2012, 02:25 AM
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Vin LN80253. A 02/ 2003 production date.
Went back through REALOEM and it is the same. It does make note that it is only to be used with a certain fan which has the 4 screw, back mount. I wonder if there was a recall or something to that effect.
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Old 09-15-2012, 02:39 AM
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Vehicle information
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Value
VIN 5UXFB93593LN80253
Type code FB93
Type X5 4.6IS (USA)
E series E53 ()
Series X
Type GEFZG
Steering LL
Doors 5
Engine M62/TU
Displacement 4.60
Power 255
Drive ALLR
Transmission AUT
Colour ESTORILBLAU METALLIC (335)
Upholstery TEILLEDER W.N./SCHWARZ (N5SW)
Prod.date 2003-02-19



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S205A AUTOMATIC GETRIEBE Automatic transmission
S257A SEITENAIRBAG HINTEN DEAKTIVIERUNG Deactivation, side airbag rear
S261A SEITENAIRBAG FUER FONDPASSAGIERE Side airbags for rear passengers
S386A DACHRELING Roof railing
S403A GLASDACH, ELEKTRISCH Glass roof, electrical
S417A SONNENSCHUTZROLLO HINTERE TUERSCH. Roller sun vizor, rear door
S430A INNEN-/AUSSENSPIEGEL AUT.ABBLENDEND Interior/outside mirror with auto dip
S441A RAUCHERPAKET Smoker package
S461A SITZLEHNENVERSTELLUNG IM FOND,ELEK. Electric seat backrest adjustment, rear
S464A SKISACK Ski bag
S496A SITZHEIZUNG FUER FONDSITZE Seat heating, rear
S508A PARK DISTANCE CONTROL (PDC) Park Distance Control (PDC)
S521A REGENSENSOR Rain sensor
S650A CD-LAUFWERK CD player

S672ACD WECHSLER 6-FACH CD changer for 6 CDs
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S677A HIFI SYSTEM PROFESSIONAL HiFi System Professional DSP
S761A INDIVIDUAL SONNENSCHUTZVERGLASUNG Individual sunshade glazing



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S220A NIVEAUREGULIERUNG Self-levelling suspension
S226A SPORTLICHE FAHRWERKSABSTIMMUNG Sports suspension settings
S249A MULITFUNKTION FUER LENKRAD Multifunction f steering wheel
S255A SPORT-LEDERLENKRAD Sports leather steering wheel
S302A ALARMANLAGE Alarm system
S321A EXTERIEURUMFAENGE IN WAGENFARBE Exterior parts in vehicle color
S354A GRUENKEIL-FRONTSCHEIBE Green windscreen, green shade band
S459A SITZVERSTELLUNG, ELEKTR.MIT MEMORY Seat adjuster, electric, with memory
S473A ARMAUFLAGE VORN Armrest front
S481A SPORTSITZE FUER FAHRER/BEIFAHRER Sports seat
S488A LORDOSENSTUETZE FAHRER/BEIFAHRER Lumbar support, driver and passenger
S494A SITZHEIZUNG FUER FAHRER/BEIFAHRER Seat heating driver/passenger
S502A SCHEINWERFER-WASCHANLAGE Headlight cleaning system
S522A XENON-LICHT Xenon Light

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S533A FOND-KLIMATISIERUNG Air conditioning, rear
S534A KLIMAAUTOMATIK Automatic air conditioning
S555A BORDCOMPUTER On-board computer V with remote control
S640A AUTOTELEFONVORBEREITUNG Preparation f tel.installation universal
S645A RADIO-STEUERUNG US BMW US Radio
S661A RADIO BMW BUSINESS Radio BMW Business (C43)
S775A INDIVIDUAL DACHHIMMEL ANTHRAZIT Headlining anthracite
S785A WEISSE BLINKLEUCHTEN White direction indicator lights
S840A HOCHGESCHWINDIGKEITSABSTIMMUNG High speed synchronisation
S845A AKUSTISCHE GURTWARNUNG Acoustic belt warning
S853A SPRACHVERSION ENGLISCH Language version English
S876A FUNKFREQUENZ 315 MHZ Radio frequency 315 MHz
S992A STEUERUNG KENNZEICHENBEFESTIGUNG Control of number-plate attachment
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Thanks Papasmurf. Do know if this was a recall or if there is a service bulletin on it?

I'm getting kind of irritated with this. I got the clutch and borrowed a clutch tool from a mechanic buddy. Turned out I grabbed his Mercedes tool and he is now out of town. Tried to find one locally, couldn't. Tried a universal, didn't work. Tried to make one, but I used aluminum stock since I had it and it broke. Ordered the tool, just got it, and what should be a 20 min job... find the part is not correct. Thanks guys, I just needed to get that off my chest.

and Thank You Terminator! (I was hoping you might do that )
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i knew that as soon as i saw the vin...

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Old 09-15-2012, 04:04 PM
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Really? 03 production date and its got that kind of clutch on it? My 4.4 is an 01 production and has the same clutch. Was the 3 bolter and "New and Improved" design that failed.

Nothing for nothing, I didn't have the fan clutch tool and I thought I HAD to have it. But after getting the bolt off without it, I don't see it as necessary.
I figured if I needed it in a pinch, I would just rent it from Autozone. They have a MB/BMW fan clutch kit. It is $200.00, but you are renting it, so it is free to use.
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