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post #16 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-12-2012, 08:28 PM
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Those blades can flex when pulling air.

Did the fan come attached to the radiator or were they shipped separately?
+1. Not only that, but the suction could have slid the entire armature toward the radiator too. Most DC motors have a wave washer at the commutator end of the armature but some do not and just leave some play to allow for expansion. This and flex of the blades could have easily pulled it in 1/4".



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Those blades can flex when pulling air. Did the fan come attached to the radiator or were they shipped separately?
The fan came separate and I installed. There was only one way to install the fan with the kit I received and it was installed similar to this image:




Tabbed arms attach to the main fan housing and then using the zip tie like pulls, it attaches through the radiator. Pretty straight forward. I am thinking that the fan blade was of sub optimal quality for the amount of pull and flexed to the point were it hit the radiator. That would explain the pattern I see in the radiator fins.
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Seems pretty obvious by the damage pattern that the fan was installed incorrectly or was the wrong assembly for your application, which is exactly my kind of luck. OR, maybe just a poorly designed assembly.
I'd be very surprised if Champion replaced it.

Hope it works out for you.

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Fan blades flexed is what I was thinking.
Either that or if it's an aftermarket "flex type" it could be the water pump bearing that's bad..check for looseness by hand and post back please.

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How could the water pump bearing being bad cause this? There is no fan attached to the engine right? On my car there is a similar setup with a Spal fan on the rad (engine side) and no fan on the water pump.

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How could the water pump bearing being bad cause this? There is no fan attached to the engine right? On my car there is a similar setup with a Spal fan on the rad (engine side) and no fan on the water pump.
Sorry...didn't even see the LARGE images.

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Got in contact with the company and they wont cover it under warranty and said it was installed improperly.

Even with step by step pictures of how I installed it that matched their instructions...

So I took a few deep breaths and dropped it at my radiator guy and will have it back in 24 hours and cost $50 to fix. Sure it wont be as pretty but it will work.

I am going to switch back to the mechanical fan for the time being. With a 3 row aluminum radiator and a semi stock 289 I think I will be plenty cool.
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Not sure how you install it improperly when it's designed to be butted up against the core....

What the hell do I know though?
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Did you pay for it by credit card? You can dispute the charge on the bill if not too much time has passed.

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Not sure how you install it improperly when it's designed to be butted up against the core....
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Did you pay for it by credit card? You can dispute the charge on the bill if not too much time has passed.
Since this was an ebay seller I went through PayPal... So it will be a PIA.

Ill just add the $50 to get it fixed to my lesson learned account.
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