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Old 10-14-2002, 04:12 AM
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Tropical fan clutch really works

Its really getting hot in this part of the world (Philippines) which is unusual for this time of the year. My 260E has been running on the hot side for the past couple of weeks and coupled with the amazing Manila traffic that we have here means that my temp has been reading hot between 100 - 115 during prolonged idle in traffic with the A/C on (up to 30 minutes of non movement in traffic). Obviously I have been keeping an eye on the temp gauge more than on the road for fear of overheating.

Then I remember reading about the tropical version of the fan clutch that BongC36 mentioned and decided to give it a try. I bought the fan clutch with part no 104 200 01 22 for about $120, let my mechanic pop it in and gave it a try. I have been using it for more than a week now and once got caught in traffic which made a usual 45 minute drive into a 2 hour wait and the temperature never went beyond 95 with the A/C on the whole time. I hardly notice the auxilliary electric fan run in the high mode anyore. The viscous fan clutch seems to lock up at 90 deg when it used to lock up somewhere at 110 - 115 before. I also no longer experience the wide temperature swings of 90 to 110 and down again when the electric fans would kick in. Now my temperature range has been narrowed to 90 to 95 deg.

Thanks to this forum and BongC36 my car has been running cool and so has my blood pressure. This site is the best.
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Old 10-14-2002, 07:35 PM
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tropical version clutch

If you don't overheat in Manila, then I guess this stuff really works! Do you mind me asking where you ordered this part from?
Is there a website that offers this worldwide? Or here in the U.S.?

The last time I was in Manila was 1986-- traffic wasn't as bad then. I went to UP Manila from Ateneo and it took me 45 mins to 1hr . Is that the same deal now a days? Thanks for the help


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Old 10-15-2002, 03:27 AM
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I think some of the guys in this forum were able to source it from the U.S. although it cost more at about US$150. Traffic here has been getting worst by the year. More people have cars here now but not enough driving discipline. And the weather here has just been crazy for the past couple of months.

My japanese cars have all been no problems during the hot afternoons. It was just my benz which was giving me worries but after the tropical clutch, its been perfect. It should work pretty well for the hot days in Texas.
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