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Performance Cooling Fans

It’s hot. You’re stuck in traffic, again. No biggie; just crank up the stereo and a/c, and wait it out. Creeping along, you smell that cloying maple-syrup-in-a-Turkish-bath-odor of boiling coolant. Turning off the a/c helps for a few minutes, but soon a geyser of evil green coolant erupts from under your hood. It takes an hour for the engine to cool for you to pour some water into it, to have the system boil over again within a mile. That’s ok, CARiD is here to help.

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There are two basic types of cooling fans: belt-driven and electric. The belt-driven fan spins when the engine is running, consuming power even when it’s not needed (although viscous-clutch types will spin more freely when the engine is cool). A bad viscous clutch can make your vehicle overheat at idle. Electric fans are switched on by a thermal switch or by the computer; which means you need to check the fuses and relays in the circuit if it’s not working.

We aim to provide our customers with the finest Performance Cooling Fans the industry can offer, which is why we accept no compromise when it comes to the quality. Created by the most reputable names in the industry, such as Mishimoto, Flex-a-Lite, Maradyne, Hayden, Mr Gasket, Spec-D, JET the Performance Cooling Fans we've gathered for you feature precise design and everlasting durability.


Regardless of what kind of fan your car has, if you have modified the engine for more power, odds are you’ll need an upgraded fan. Adding an electric fan is a popular upgrading for belt-driven fans. It’s even possible to remove the belt-driven fan altogether, adding a single or pair of electric fans, and a thermostat and relay. This will provide faster warmup, improved cooling and free horsepower. This mod can improve fuel economy substantially on a vehicle that spends most of its time in motion, where electric fans are rarely needed. Electric fans can be added in front of or behind the radiator. Generally, a front-mounted fan is used to supplement the original fan to provide extra cooling.

The radiator is what does the heavy lifting in the cooling system. Hot coolant is pumped through fat rubber hoses into the end or top tank, where it flows through small tubes to the other end or bottom. The tubes are covered in fins, which heat up the air flowing through the radiator. A fan, powered by the belt that drives the water pump, forces air through the radiator. When the vehicle is moving, air flows through on its own, which is why many cars use electric fans that only run when the coolant is too hot, saving the energy belt-driven fan would consume. If the vehicle has an automatic transmission there will be a transmission cooler, a loop of metal tubing running through one radiator tank. More hoses also connect the engine to the heater core, a small radiator mounted under the dash to heat the car’s interior.

The radiator cap has two functions: the first is to keep the system pressurized when the engine is hot. As the coolant heats up, it expands, and a small amount will be vented. The cap routes this through a hose to the overflow tank instead of dumping it on the pavement. When the engine cools, a one-way valve in the cap allows coolant from the tank back into the radiator, keeping the tank 100% full for the best cooling. A bad cap can allow coolant to vent at too low a pressure, allowing the coolant to boil at too low a temperature, or not allow it to return when the engine is cold, keeping the system chronically underfilled. Vehicles that tow a trailer may need an extra transmission cooler.

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Everyone knows that your vehicle's engine needs its oil and filter changed at regular intervals. Most folks also know that there are other items which need regular servicing and replacement, such as the air and fuel filters. But what about the cooling system? The fact is, a modern vehicle's cooling system does such a great job at preventing an engine from...
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Average rating: 4.5 4.7 - 22 reviews
2007 Volkswagen Rabbit | Posted by Michael | (Petawawa, ON)

Excellent item, fit exactly as designed.

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