2002 Ford Ranger Q&A

2002 Ford Ranger Question: How can I tell if fan clutch is OK or needs to be replaced?

Truck will overheat in hot weather. To get it to cool down I need to turn on the heater on high and let the blower motor help to cool engine down. -
Answer 1
You could have a thermostat issue also... To check the fan clutch -- With the engine off: Check for any oil leaks at the clutch. If there are any - replace it. Check for any looseness - could be sign of failure. Check to see if it's too tight or too loose spinning. Replace it either way. -
Comment 1
OK I did not see any oil leaks at the clutch. The fan is not tight but maybe is alittle loose. When I compare it to the clutch on my big pick-up it spins easier, but the big pick-up has a power stroke diesel so I don"t know if the two can be compared or not. The fan in the ranger has alittle wobble to it when I wiggle the fan blades from side to side. Should I be replacing the fan clutch,or maybe start with the thermostat first. Thanks. -
Comment 2
Which engine is it? I would think thermostat first...purge the air out of the cooling system, and then recheck. -
Comment 3
It is the 2.3 liter engine. I think I will start with the thermostat first. Thanks again. -
Comment 4
Yes, good call; do advise. -