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Old 08-18-2012, 04:27 PM   #1
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Default Radiator fan removal for a 2003 Saturn Vue

We need to replace the radiator fan on my 2003 Saturn Vue because one of the blades busted. My husband has the fan disconnected but he doesn't have the room to get it out. Any suggestions? Or how do you get it out?

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Old 08-18-2012, 04:57 PM   #2
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Default Re: Radiator fan removal for a 2003 Saturn Vue

Never had to do one but if I recall correctly from training the cross member over the rad needs to be removed.

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Old 08-18-2012, 05:10 PM   #3
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It's a little tougher than it looks. The front bumper cover has to come off, the radiator drained and all the surrounding plastic removed/loosened. Then the radiator hoses and upper mount brackets have to come off and the radiator/condenser assembly is lifted and leaned forward so the fan/shroud can slide out. That's why you really want to be sure the fan is bad!

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Old 08-18-2012, 09:27 PM   #4
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Default Re: Radiator fan removal for a 2003 Saturn Vue

Thank you gentlemen on your responses!!!! Unfortunately the fan is bad. Hubby can see the busted fan blade.......

I'm sure I will hear a lot of swearing outside tomorrow. LOL

Thank you again!

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Old 08-18-2012, 09:59 PM   #5
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Didn't mean to question your troubleshooting skills, I bet a broken fan blade is a major attention getter ! I got the info from my Haynes book, haven't actually changed the fan myself. As far as colorful language, I've had tirades that would make a sailor blush while working on my cars. Good luck to you both!

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Old 08-18-2012, 11:19 PM   #6
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I replaced my cooling fan assembly on my '06 Redline and its really not a bad job. Replacing the radiator fan assembly really isn't too bad/complicated of a job, its just time consuming. As mentioned above, you basically you have to remove the bumper cover and headlights, which are mainly held in by clips and a couple bolts, then disconnect the coolant lines from the radiator, move radiator out of the way and slide the cooling fans off of the radiator. Then repeat in the reverse order to put it back together. Time consuming, but not terrible.

As long as you take your time with the job, it really isn't bad at all. Best of luck with your replacement!

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