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Old 06-25-2014, 02:22 PM   #1
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"Dog House" cover removal?

How do you get the inside engine cover off on a gas coach? I want to inspect the fan clutch and don't see how this cover is held down?

Its on my 35QBA.
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Get yourself a real strong magnet and run it along the edge of the doghouse and the floor. You will find the screws.

The real question is why are you trying to check out a fan clutch on a chassis that is still under warranty? Take it to a Ford Commercial truck dealer and have him check it out.
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The problem is duplicating the problem. I have a video of the noise it has made on a few occasions when we were traveling. It takes high RPM for extended time. (Long steep grades like Sam's gap in NC.). I've called all three repair facilities around here and discussed the video and they say unless they can produce the issue there is nothing they can do. We don't have any hills near them to produce the issue. A fan clutch would be cheap money spent to not get broke down somewhere so I'm thinking of changing it myself.

I'll give the magnet a try. Thanks.

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Get yourself a real strong magnet and run it along the edge of the doghouse and the floor. You will find the screws.

The real question is why are you trying to check out a fan clutch on a chassis that is still under warranty? Take it to a Ford Commercial truck dealer and have him check it out.
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Can you describe the sound or post the video? Steep hills = high RPMs with the Ford Chassis and when that big fan kicks in, you may or may not be able to hear it. What does your temp gauge say?

We climbed some pretty big mountains in NC with our 32CA and don't remember any particular problems or strange noises. With all that noise going on it can be a bit disconcerting, however.
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At the 30 second mark you can hear a very high pitch whine. It is MUCH louder than this makes it appear.

Motorhome F53 Fan Clutch Whine - YouTube
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Sounds just like mine, but I hold theRPM's to 3500 max
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Honestly, I can't hear any change in engine sound or fan sound. Your temperature gauge hasn't budged and the only thing that has happened is that your RPM increased to about 3900.

Honest opinion - there is nothing wrong and your inspection of the fan clutch will reveal nothing. I'd leave it alone and, if it does get to the point where it does it constantly, let your Ford dealer fix it. The V10 is a pretty solid engine and these latest generation models don't seem to have any consistent problems.
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Sounds pretty normal to me....our F53 may even have been louder in our WB Vista.....your engine is revving at nearly 4000 rpm and you're sitting just above it .
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Well the magnet idea was a great idea. Running around the edges I found four screws that held it on. Three across the front and one in the rear. The only problem was when I removed them the thing still wouldn't budge. It's like it was put on with some kind of sealant. I didn't go all in on it though since it was just to see what I could access from the top.
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I can faithfully say 8 screws...

Three across the front, three across the back, and one on each side.

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