Join Date: May 2009
Location: Los Angeles and Florida and Las Vegas
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I posted a response to this question on the other forum. Here was my response:
My advise to you learned the hard way... is this -
1) Purchase the cheapest fan and clutch money can buy
2) Purchase the strongest battery you can afford (I just purchased and installed an Odyssey 2150 4 terminal battery which cost $500)
3) Convert to an electric fan setup immediately
4) THROW FAN AND CLUTCH INTO THE TRASH WHERE THEY BELONG
If you don't ..... you risk what happened to me last month ... happening to you.... the fan explodes (Explodes for unknown reasons!) your entire engine is now shredded .... thousands in repairs. All the oil pours out in seconds because the filter and/or oil lines gets stabbed by fan shrapnel ... you have 5-10 seconds to shut it off before the engine is destroyed forever .... hard to do if your in traffic or can't get off the road for whatever reason. All the coolant pours out in seconds because all the hoses come apart.. the temp skyrockets and you need a possible . head gasket job after it overheats.
Everyone on these forums talks about how important the drive shaft and other things are. I never saw anything about fans exploding until after it happened to me at the worst possible time /place - on Top of Mt. Charleston at night ... in the middle of a single digit national weather alert snowstorm .. GET RID OF THE FAN AND CLUTCH UNLESS YOU WANT YOUR ROVER DESTROYED! 1 month later I'm still ordering parts and this has cost me thousands in repairs and I still don't know if it will run the same. Per mechanic there is no way to know if the sudden loss of oil and coolant affected it .. until after it's fixed. I AM LOOKING AT $5,000 in REPAIRS.
I have a 1999 Land Rover Discovery II. Prior to this my Land Rover ran like a Champion. I got high flow cats. The cats must of been faulty because I got an instant MPG increase, instant HP increase and the Rover Purred like a cat. It a Rythmic Purr. It was like a brand new car. I am not even kidding. Now it does not sound the same at all - and I will be lucky if I do not need a new engine. Here is a short list of everything the fan destroyed when it failed:
1) Oil Line - Destroyed
2) Transmission Line -Destroyed
3) Oil Filter - Destroyed
4) 100% aluminum radiator Destroyed (Alli Sport Copy) (1 line was clipped and I'm told there is no way to fix it the entire rad must be replaced)
5) MAF Destroyed
6) Upper Intake Destroyed (MAF Bulb destroyed so entire thing must be replaced)
7) Air Housing Box Destroyed (Clips destroyed, hole in box)
8) All Front Coolant Hoses Destroyed
9) Coolant Reservoir appears destroyed but I don't know how because it was not in the trajectory of the fan shrapnel
10) Thermostat - Destroyed
11) Hood - HOLE
12) Fan Shroud - Destroyed
12) Alarm System Compromised somehow after letting battery drain out on side of road waiting for a tow truck (I had the heat on and was using the electronics). I am told alarm must be reset at Dealership only. And we don't know if it will work because the electrical system appears to be compromised now with lights flickering up and down the guy said that is not normal)
13) Somehow the AC Fuse was shorted out (don't know if this was from the fan or a coincidence.
Fan explosion ripped the hoses off and stabbed the oil filter resulting in loss of coolant and oil in seconds. Oil sprayed everywhere over the engine coating everything is a nasty mix of oil, coolant and trans fluid, The oil light is also on now even though there is oil in the car. Not sure if these means the pump is screwed or what.
In short my Rover is now ROYALLY SCREWED!!
I am ordering parts and dumping buckets of cash into it now. I had to find mechanic in Las Vegas who would let me purchase my own parts. The first mechanic I talked to (recommended on another forum) actually had the gall to tell me to return 1200,00 GBP of parts back to UK (and pay for shipping and a restocking fee) citing shop policy. This would allow my Rover the privilege of being worked on in her shop. And I would pay them for parts + shop markup. Whatever they decided to use of course. Oh, and it would all be new 100% authentic Rover parts. Because they said so. And they are not like the other 4 mechanics I caught telling me the same thing - and putting scrap yard parts in my Rover. And I should trust them. Because they said so. Needless to say I was forced to use another mechanic who would allow me to use my own brand new parts so I could have the security of knowing new parts were being put into the Rover.
Please do not let your Rover become like mine. The Fan and Clutch disaster was really not emphasized enough (or I missed reading it) on the forums. Had I known this was the threat I would have replaced it just like the drive shafts and other parts as preventative maintenance. This should be just as important of not more - than the front drive shaft.
There are more. You can read this guy replaced the Fan ... clutch ... and water pump - and it still blew up. After reading this and other threads it dawned on me - nobody knows the reason the fan explodes. It just does. If yours explodes and you get lucky and the shrapnel misses most things you might only pay $500 in repairs like the other guy or you might get a ruthless explosion like mine and be looking at $5,000 and the possible loss of your truck.
I cannot overemphasize how well my Rover ran before this happened. It was in near perfect condition. The purring sound after putting in high flow cats off and the the pickup in MPG and responsiveness is now not there.
Follow my advise and get rid of that fan and clutch.... or you will wish you did ..
1999 LR DII Performance Package with various Mods
6 x Anti-Theft Camera System
2 x Anti-Theft Tracking devices
Veil Laser Paint
Anti-Laser Police Laser Jammer (5 heads + Dragon Eye protection) + Parking Sensors
Police Scanner + Waze
Powerful Pro-tuned CB-Radio with Fire-Stik
Remote+Hardwired License Plate Concealer
Armormax Bullet Proof Glass
Armormax Caltrop Deployment System
Steel Undercarriage Guards (Steering, Diff axles, Gas tank)
Voyager Roof Rack+six Jerrycans and five stacked Rotopax
Maxxis Razr Offroad Tires+Lift+LED bar
Allisport UK Aluminum Radiator
Allisport UK aluminum coolant tank with sight glass and coolant level sensor
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