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Old 02-16-2014, 09:17 AM
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Angry 7.3 no fan 911

Hello group, first post (sorry no time for an intro but I will asap)

I have a 2000 F350 with the 7.3. About a week ago, while moving, the water-pump failed and my serpentine belt shredded. I was able to limp to the new house and park it without damaging the radiator.

I am new to the area, live in the country and do not know anyone who can take me on a parts run. This is the only truck I have. Most of my tools (the good ones) are at my old house - only having a $20 Walmart socket kit and a hammer..

I had a spare belt and was able to overnight in a new pump, thermostat, housing and gaskets from Dieselsite. I went ahead today and started the tear-down. Surprisingly, I was able to get the fan off with a hammer and piece of re-bar and was in the process of taking the 10mil bolts off the pulley when my 1/2in - 1/4 reducer literally broke off in the 10 mil socket! Damnedest thing I have ever seen.

So here I am, drained system, fan and shroud removed and 15 miles away from nearest parts store. All over a $2 reducer.

Question. Can I hook all my pipes back up, refill the system with water and run to and from town without the fan? The shaft/bearing in the water-pump are bad, so it if I put the fan back on it may damage the radiator and shred another belt.

It is about 60 degs and sunny ATM..

Thank you for any advise!!!
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:35 AM
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i wouldn't but that's just me... you dont have a crescent or box wrench in 10mm to take the bolts off? outside temp doesn't matter(i have overheated a engine in the dead of winter before), i wouldn't run it without a fan, you would have 10mins to 15mins tops before it was a 200 degrees plus and overheating, i have done it before on a old truck.

and those Stanley tools(walmart sucks) invest in a nicer tool-set like craftsman or snap-on, even phittsberg from harbor freight i think is a little be better quality than Stanley.

i have snapped sockets, that reducer twice, and many rachets from walmart....
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:44 AM
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Thanks for the reply and yes, these tools do suck. I have a full set of craftsman/snapon tools at the other house but no way to get there... again, I was in the process of moving and only had this set to put beds back together lol.

I have no wrenches or better tool - the parts store is closer then my old old house....
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Old 02-16-2014, 06:52 PM
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Got it covered - thanks again
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