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So, im pumped that I finally got my pullies but im getting a little ticked off. I went to autozone and advanced auto parts and all of their fan clutch removal tools are too big for my truck. So i figured that I would just work on the crank pulley and the alternator pulley to at least get those tow on since they are the only ones with different diameters. Due to the stupid fan which I cannot get off, I cant get to the bolts on the crank pulley.

Im at a complete loss at what to do now. I want to get this thing running with the extra power but its just ticking me off. The next chance ill get on working on it is sunday or monday.

Is there anyone that has any experience/ advice for removing the fan/ fan clutch on a 3.0? Or if theres any writeups out there that will help me out i will be forever in your debt!!! lol.

Thanks for any help!
 
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One important bit of info is that the 3.0L clutch nut is a left hand thread. I don't know the size but many Fords are 36mm. I usually just put a wrench on the nut, hold the belt as tight as possible and smack the wrench with a brass hammer. As the miles accumulate and the nut gets tighter, that method will become more and more difficult.

I know one guy who swears by his own method: Use a hammer to drive the blade of a long chisel tangentially into the corner of the clutch nut to break it loose. That approach doesn't appeal to me but he says that it is very effective.
 

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The turning direction is helpful! I actually tried to do more research and found a thread on Ranger-Forums on it. A guy with the same year, submodel, trim, engine, tranny, and everything else had some important info. Apparently on a stock setup for my truck the nut isnt a 36mm like I had thought it would be. Its a stock 7/8 inch nut and since the fan clutch wrench wont go around the bolts you have to either try to crack it loose with the belt on and tight or get a strap wrench and put it around the water pump pulley while the belt is off as a brace. Makes no sense why ford designed all but this particular fan clutch as the 36mm but oh well. Gotta run to the store now so that I can get some tools and get it running!

Also, is there a particular or easier way to get the drive crank pulley off? Maybe take the fan shroud out?
 

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You could take the shroud off, but I think that it can't come completely out without taking the fan off. That is the way it is on my 96 4.0. But you could unbolt it and slide it over the fan towards the engine to give you more room. When I had to turn the motor over when I was taking the trans out, I didn't feel like taking the shroud off so I just cut 3-4 inches out of it to get socket and ratchet on it from the bottom.

Back in my Subaru days, I read of people breaking the bolt loose in manual cars by jamming the flywheel with a large screwdriver, putting a breaker bar and socket on the bolt, finding a large long pipe to fit on the breaker bar, setting it on fender with protection to not scratch it, and then bumping the starter. I have no idea if this would work with a ranger though.
 
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