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First a little background:

I need to replace my secondary (small) cooling fan, as it makes a nasty noise (probably bearings) on high speed. My mechanic is concerned that the blades could contact the radiator if it gets worse, so no A/C for the most part. So I was looking into the feasibility of replacing the fan myself to save a few (hundred) bucks.

My issue:

I was trying to unplug the fan connector today, and I am at a total loss as to how it comes apart. The connector for the large fan (on the controller side) was no problem, squeeze the latch and pull just like in all the videos. But there does not appear to be a latching tab on the small fan connector. It also looks a bit different from the other connector, it has this rectangular part that I'm not sure what its purpose is. (see photos linked below) It looks like it's possible that the tab broke off, which would be a real drag. Any ideas?

Also, once the controller side is unplugged, any tips on removing the fan side connector from the frame? I can get a a little wiggle on the side facing the engine, but the other side really seems quite tightly wedged. I'm reluctant to force it without really knowing what I'm doing...

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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I believe the connector; slides out of that portion, that is a "holder" for the connection (male/female plugged together) and then you can take it apart. When I replaced my fan; I had to fiddle around with it to get it off the holder and when I replaced it, took a bit of time to figure out how to get everything plugged back in and in the slot/holder securely. Hope this helps! :)

Note: keep in mind; there are/were a couple of different fan assemblies; that had different plugs and it is possible to get a fan with the wrong plug. I had to replace the passenger side fan; I went with VDO, as they made the original one for VW. I matched it up with the original part number listed on the fan itself, to make sure I got the right one and it was identical to the original in every way. VDO also, sell a full assembly with shroud; which, is more cost effective to replace both than just buying them one at a time.

You can look up your fan assembly part number; on VDO web based catalog:

http://www.showmetheparts.com/ate/

http://www.usa.vdo.com/generator/ww...semblies/radiator_cooling_fan_assemblies.html

I found amazon; to have excellent prices on the VDO fan assemblies.
 

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Thanks, billymade. I'll take another look when I get a chance, but it seems odd that I can unplug the driver's side fan without removing the connector from the bracket, but not the passenger's side one.

The price on the whole assembly does look good, but it also looks like it might be more difficult to remove/install.
 

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Well, I am just relating what I experienced with my fan replacement; it wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. Keep in mind my plug had been untouched and had never been disconnected for 13 years, so it was a little hard to do. :eek:hnoes: You can do it! :whip:
 

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latching tab

They both have a latching tab to squeeze apart. Did you go at it from the bottom? it's best to remove the left splash guard for more working room. I have removed both of mine from the bottom(just the fan) you don't need to remove the whole assembly out. 3 torx screws and they fall out...

You might as well replace both because the larger one is gonna go out on you next.
 
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