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How much does it cost to replace a fan clutch?

You can expect an average total replacement cost of $222 for a fan clutch replacement, with $121 for parts and $101 for mechanic labor. The exact price will depend on your vehicle.
How long does it take to replace a fan clutch? In general, it takes around 0.9 hours hours for a certified mechanic to complete the job. Your mechanic will perform a preliminary inspection to determine if a replacement is necessary, then follow through with the full replacement. 
Here’s an overview of fan clutch costs for different vehicles:
Fan clutch replacement cost for various vehicles
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
June 12, 2024
Alfa Romeo Giulia
$140
$67
$73
0.7 Hours
June 11, 2024
Plymouth Neon
$262
$173
$89
0.7 Hours
June 10, 2024
Cadillac Escalade
$148
$67
$80
0.7 Hours
June 6, 2024
Tesla Model Y
$253
$169
$84
0.7 Hours
June 4, 2024
Genesis G80
$249
$169
$80
0.7 Hours
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How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need for my fan clutch replacement and how much do those parts cost?

You can check your owner’s manual or ask your mechanic for precise parts, but here’s a general rundown:
  1. Fan clutch: The fan clutch is the main part needed in the replacement. The fan clutch regulates the speed at which the cooling fan spins against the radiator. On its own, a new fan clutch can cost anywhere from $35 to $200.
  2. Fan shroud: The fan shroud's function is to deliver even air distribution to the radiator core. If you’re replacing your fan clutch, it might also be time to exchange your old fan shroud for a new one. These cost between $30 and $150.
  3. Water pump: The
    water pump
    is another essential part of your car’s cooling system. It’s connected to the same shaft as the fan clutch and collaborates with the latter to move both the air and cooling fluid. It’s a good idea to inspect it during a fan clutch replacement to avoid extra labor costs down the line. A water pump costs $45 to $150 on average.
  4. Water pump pulley: If you’re swapping out your water pump during a fan clutch replacement, make sure to examine the water pump pulley as well. They can get damaged through repeated wear and tear. A new water pump pulley costs around $15 and $150. 
Pro tip: Purchase a water pump and fan clutch replacement kit if you want to save on costs. Those generally go for $100 to $350 and include all the previously mentioned parts.  
You can purchase fan clutch parts for your car from auto parts stores like AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts, as well as online retailers such as Amazon and RockAuto. Three brands we recommend for fan clutch parts are ACDelco, Hayden Automotive, and GMB. However, keep in mind that the best parts and brands for your fan clutch replacement will vary depending on your vehicle’s year, make, and model.
When choosing between OEM or aftermarket options for a fan clutch replacement, we recommend opting for an OEM fan clutch. While they might be pricier, OEM fan clutches typically offer better longevity and reliability compared to aftermarket alternatives.
You can order fan clutches at body shops and auto parts shops like AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts. You can also find them on Amazon. 
Before searching for any replacement parts, consult your owner’s manual to make sure the part you purchase is compatible with your vehicle.

Where can I get my fan clutch replaced?

With the rundown on 2,500+ vetted repair shops nationwide, Jerry's
GarageGuard™
can make the search for a mechanic to replace your fan clutch a lot easier.
Jerry's GarageGuard™ compares fair price estimates from local shops using actual hourly rates. You’ll be able to budget for diagnostic fees and see reviews from previous customers to make sure you’ll be happy with your service.
Here’s a look at some of our vetted shops below—and you can download the app to compare car repair quotes in your area.
174 Reviews
Yoo's Auto Service & Collision
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189 W Duncannon Ave, Philadelphia, PA
Fan Clutch Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$219
(Parts - $130, Labor - $89)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$100
177 Reviews
54th Street Auto Center
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415 W 54th St, New York, NY
Fan Clutch Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$299
(Parts - $130, Labor - $169)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$191
123 Reviews
Zimmerman Automotive LLC
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7638 Airpark Rd A, Great Falls, VA
Fan Clutch Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$251
(Parts - $130, Labor - $121)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$50
160 Reviews
O'Brien's Auto Repair LLC
address
46 Bayshore Rd, Green Creek, NJ
Fan Clutch Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$235
(Parts - $130, Labor - $105)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$130
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How did we vet these shops?

Jerry experts researched 2500+ real repair shops across the US. We talked to real shop customers, and analyzed both real shop pricing data and thousands of real customer reviews from each shop to verify them individually. We do not partner with the shops listed above, and our analysis is always unbiased.

How will a mechanic replace my fan clutch?

When a mechanic replaces a fan clutch, they will normally follow these steps:
  • Remove the fan shroud to allow access to the fan and clutch assembly
  • Identify the failing fan clutch 
  • Remove it by holding the water pump pulley
  • Install a new fan clutch in its place
  • Reinstall the fan shroud and hose
  • Test the new clutch to make sure it’s working correctly
More often than not, the mechanic will replace the fan clutch outright—but in some cases, they might be able to repair the original.

What happens if I don’t replace a bad fan clutch?

This service is necessary because a faulty fan clutch reduces your vehicle’s efficiency and capacity to keep the engine cool. A faulty fan clutch could cause the fans to spin too fast and waste engine power, or spin too slowly and raise the engine temperature. Both situations can result in damage to your vehicle.

What is a fan clutch?

An essential component of your vehicle’s cooling system, the fan clutch regulates the speed at which the cooling fan spins against the radiator. The fan has to spin more when the engine heats up.

When should I replace the fan clutch on my car?

Here are some common symptoms indicating the need for a fan clutch replacement:
  • The vehicle is overheating or not cooling properly
  • The air conditioning isn’t performing optimally
  • The engine compartment is rattling or vibrating
  • You hear scraping or clicking sounds from the engine compartment
  • Diminished fuel economy 
Keep in mind: Some mechanics recommend replacing your vehicle’s water pump during the fan clutch replacement procedure because these parts interact and tend to age at the same rate. 

How often do you need to replace a fan clutch?

There’s no exact timeline when it comes to the lifespan of your fan clutch, but they typically start to wear out around 150k miles. Be on the lookout for warning signs that yours may be on the fritz, such as your car either overheating or not cooling properly.

Is replacing a fan clutch yourself easy?

Unless you’re confident in your DIY auto repair skills, replacing a fan clutch can be tricky for beginners. It requires some mechanical knowledge and access to special tools. For the average car owner, it’s best to let a trained mechanic do the work.

FAQs

Replace a failing fan clutch as soon as possible. A faulty fan clutch that is ignored for too long can cause engine damage due to overheating.
A broken fan clutch can sound like clicking, scraping, or rattling noises from the engine compartment.
It takes an average of 0.9 hours hours to install a new fan clutch.

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