1996 fan shroud remove

Tiny
BROWNBOOT
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  • 1996 DODGE VAN
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 318,000 MILES
1996 Dodge 1500 Van, 318,000 miles, 319, AC, AT. VIN # 2B4HB25Y9TK119186. The water pump needs replacing, and to do this I have remove the upper fan shroud. The AC lines run across the shroud and I cannot remove it without removing the AC lines. I tried remove the bottom part of the shroud but the AT lines will have to be removed. What is the best way to remove this shroud? Even with the upper water hose and overflow tank removed it will not clear the lines. I have thought about cutting it in two.
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Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 AT 1:53 AM

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Tiny
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Did you remove fan clutch assembly from water pump?

Going around the hoses is pain take the fan off the water pump

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Disconnect negative battery cable.
Drain cooling system.
Remove throttle cable at top of fan shroud.
Unsnap coolant overflow tank from fan shroud and lay aside.
DO NOT disconnect coolant hose.
Remove upper radiator hose.
Using Fan Wrench (SP346) from Set (2017DSP), remove fan clutch assembly from water pump by turning nut counterclockwise as viewed from front.
DO NOT remove fan clutch assembly at this time.
Remove fan shroud bolts and clips.
Remove fan shroud and fan clutch assembly as a unit.
Locate accessory drive belt tensioner and rotate tensioner clockwise (counterclockwise on heavy-duty cycle engines) to release tension on accessory drive belt.
Note drive belt routing for installation reference.
Belt must be correctly routed during installation, or engine will overheat due to water pump rotating in wrong direction.
Remove bolts and water pump pulley.
Disconnect lower radiator hose and heater hoses.
Remove coolant return tube from water pump. Remove bolts, water pump and gasket.
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Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 AT 2:07 AM
Tiny
BROWNBOOT
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This is a 2 piece fan shroud the throttle cable is not on top of the shroud. There are 2 AC lines that go from left side the AC unit one of these line may be for the heater is mostly a rubber hose the other one is ridged and mostly a medal pipe. The fan assembly is mounted to the water pump with 4 bolts and not the one big nut. You cannot get to the bolts with the fan shroud on. I the van to a repair shop today and they said sometime the AC line has to be removed. If you would like to see a photo of this mess I can send you one. Thank you for your reply.
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Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 AT 11:50 PM
Tiny
SANTHOMASITO
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Did you ever get this resolved? I've been researching trying to find some good info/tutorial for the water pump replacement of the 2500 version of the same vehicle. I found a good tutorial for the 93 Dakota with the same engine but the Dakota has the a/c lines running back off the fan shroud. So those blasted a/c lines are the hiccup. I haven't made much progress and was just curious if you had any tips or just ended up taking your rig to the shop.
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Thursday, April 7th, 2011 AT 9:28 PM
Tiny
BROWNBOOT
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Yes got it removed. Had to removed the AC lines and and the top hose and move the oil filler tube out of the way. The AC disconected and reconcected. Then removed the shroud, there is no way the shroud will come off with out the AC lines being removed on this model and the dodge manuals do not cover this. I ha to take it to a shop because of the AC lines. About $400.00 complete with recharging the AC. If you know someone that may want a 1996 320,000 mile 2500 Van with new water pump let me know.
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Friday, April 8th, 2011 AT 12:12 AM
Tiny
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Thanks for the quick reply. I was kind of thinking that I might end up doing the same thing as you. That is, taking it to a shop. Those a/c lines are perfectly placed to turn a fairly straightforward job into a pure torturous endeavor. I'm definitely not attacking from the top. I'll take a hard look at the bottom and see if it's even work attempting from that angle but it looks like I might be resorting to the "pro's" on this one.
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Friday, April 8th, 2011 AT 3:53 AM

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