My fan has been replaced. It now unlocks almost immediately (video below).
When I got my truck I had a power steering leak that Nibbles and I fixed immediately. He came over and walked me through replacing a high pressure line. But when I got the fan clutch off, I found this:
PS fluid caked on the thermal spring. I threw some PB blaster on there and voila:
Good as new. Also my fan was a 9 blade fan (I’m supposed to have a 10 blade fan (the new fan is a 10 blade unit)), It was also hella cracked:
There was at least 8 cracks like that all around the thing.
I was having trouble holding the pulley tool and turning the fan clutch wrench at the same time so I texted MonkeyPuzzle just as he was leaving work (which is semi close to my house) and asked him if he could drop by to hold the pulley tool. He did and stayed maybe 15 minutes. I got a picture of his Civic behind our Odyssey. Such Honda, Much Wow:
We ended up breaking the pulley tool:
Its no big deal, it was cheap and I’d rarely use it. He was a huge help though, I couldnt have done it without him.
I also removed my throttle cable shroud because I was tired of taking it on and off to do any sort of work under the hood.
And Pro Tip; to organize bolts and fasteners you remove from your engine bay, place them in a magnetic parts tray and once youre done with that part, place them in an egg carton and label them with tape and sharpie:
Thats a trick I learned back when I was fixing computers.
Oh and here’s the video of my truck revving:
After the first rev you can actually hear my engine now :)