Cooling Fan Motor Replacement

Step by step repair guide on how to replace a radiator cooling fan motor. This article pertains to all vehicles designed with electric cooling fans.

Difficulty Scale: 3 of 10

Tools and Supplies Needed

  • Socket set
  • Wrench set
  • Replacement cooling fan
  • Fluid catch basin
  • Protective eyewear and gloves
  • Hose clamp tool or channel locks
Begin with the engine cold, vehicle on level ground in park, with the emergency brake set.

Step 1
- Locate and disconnect the electrical connector for the cooling fan.

Disconnect Cooling Fan Electrical Connector

Step 2 - Next, remove the lower mounting bolts that attach the fan to the radiator. (Note: Some vehicles have alignment dowels which need not be removed.)

Removing Lower Fan Mounting Bolts

Step 3 - Remove any weather stripping that will help access the cooling fan. (Note: This is not needed on most vehicles.)

Remove Weather Stripping

Step 4 - Then, loosen mounting bolts or clips to remove any plastic shielding that will inhibit the replacement of the cooling fan.

Remove Plastic Covering


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35 years in the automotive repair field, ASE Master Technician, Advanced Electrical and Mechanical Theory.


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Article first published (Updated 2013-10-17)