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Mechanic wants $229 part and $239 labor to replace the second fan on the right passenger side cooling fan (1K0959455ET). Can I get by without replacing this part!? Cash is short right now. It seems like the fan has not worked for a long time, but it is just not being noticed by my mechanic. Does it cool the engine or just the AC unit? I hardly ever use the AC. :(
 

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As long as your MAIN FAN works you can get away without the AUX
fan, but, you may overheat with the A/C on. I had an AUX fan not
working on my TDI for months, and it was fine, and regens, which kick
both fans to high, was not an issue in the winter.

You can get replacement fans on eBay. I recently sold one... I have no more...

You can either get the whole assembly with two new fans, or just the AUX
fan. It's easier to replace the assembly, with the fans on it. It's almost
impossible to get to the bolts that hold them to the shroud. You may end
up having to remove it anyway.... I got a shroud with two fans for like $140.00
on ebay. You'll pay more than half that for just the AUX fan itself...

Here you go man, both fans, under $100.00 with the shroud:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Radiator-Cooling-Dual-Fan-Assembly-for-Audi-A3-TT-VW-Jetta-Passat-GTI-Golf-EOS-/401270076492

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Radiator-Cooling-Dual-Fan-Assembly-for-VW-Beetle-Golf-Jetta-Passat-1K0959455DT-/182643130901

The ones with the rubber flaps are for TDIs, though I have seen them in gas
models, and some gas models without. The flaps PULL closed when the AUX
fan is on, so air is not pulled from inside the engine compartment. When the
fan is off, wind pressure pushes them open, and air flows through when the
AUX fan is off.
 

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Thx for all that good info. It leads me in the right direction and I appreciate it! THX!!! Carrie
 

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Problem is, when I type in my VIN number to search for the part, I'm getting these results:


Fan Shroud: 1KO-121-207-BB-9B9
Fan & Motor-RIGHT (2.5 Liter, TEMIC) - 1K0-959-455-ET
Fan & Motor-RIGHT (2.5 Liter, SIEMENS) - 1KM-959-455-E
Fan & Motor-LEFT (2.5 Liter, TEMIC) - 1K0-959-455-FR.


How am I supposed to know if I should order the Temic or Siemens? I already typed in my VIN number and that is what came up. HELP!
 

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I see. Thx!! Don't know how you know all this stuff, but so glad you do! Thanks again. Carrie
 

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Two last questions on this - need your opinion:
1. If it was you, would you buy the whole new assembly with the shroud and both fans? Or would you only replace the broken right fan? and
2. Lots of on-line ads talk about "for 200 watt motors" or "for 150 watt motors". How am I supposed to know which one to buy?
THX!! :) Carrie
 

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200 -vs- 100 watt; one will spin faster than the other, so, yes
the 200watt one will spin faster. Usually, the turbo carts get
the 200watt fan, but it really doesn't matter. 200watt fans
are on the shrouds with the four rubber flaps, the 150s are
on the ones that do not...

I had one fan go, I just replaced the entire assembly with two new
fans on it. You are going to have to take the assembly out to replace t
the broken fan anyway. This was my AUX fan that went, front end
animal hit. SO, I figured, I would have an extra MAIN fan should
I need it, I was gonna remove the main fan from the shroud. SO, while
I was taking the shroud out, it was going to fall so I grabbed to
keep it from falling, and? Yeah, I grabbed the main fan by accident
and pulled a section of the plastic ring off between two blades, so
that took care of THAT, so threw that whole thing away... Put the
new assembly in, good to go, till another animal hit took the AUX fan
out again.
 

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Wow! What a story! Fan disasters!
I dunno what to do exactly. I want to buy the whole assembly...but on ebay they all look like really cheap stuff (maybe junk). So then I think I ought to use my funds to just buy a better quality AUX fan. My main is running fine, but it's been running a long time "alone". I think my AUX has been out for at least 6-9 months.
 

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I bought the one you said look "cheap" and besides the aux fan going
again because of a front end hit, the main one ran on for over 65,000
miles. I did the swap at around 178,565, and was bought back with
243,500, main fan was fine. They are warrantied... I have had no
problems with eBay sellers honoring warranties.
 

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Also, My mechanic wants $229 to do this job. Does that sound right to you? I'm in Southern Cal. What do you think? Fair price...or?
 

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I just bought the cheapest assembly I could find on eBay...

$229, for parts and labor? Or $229 to install your parts? That's a little high
for two hours work...

I think you can find someone that will do it for $100.00 with
your parts.

IF they know how to do it? About one hour to do. I learned as
I went, so it took two hours for me, figuring out how to get the
assembly out, and there is some twisting and turning involved
keeping all the RAD hoses connected, so I pulled it out from
the bottom, had to move the passenger side lower rad hose out
of the way, and squish it to move so it would stay out of the way.
I was able to get the assembly out and in from the bottom, without
taking anything else apart.

To take it out from the top, stuff has to actually be disconnected
and removed...
 
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