2008 - Volume #32, Issue #4, Page #40[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Electric Engine-Cooling Fan
The company recently introduced a model for Ford Powerstroke and Dodge Cummins diesel pickups. The bolt-on units come with two fans that fit inside a metal shroud.
"Electric fans keep your engine cool and improve the horsepower and torque at the wheels by eliminating the parasitic drag of the stock belt-driven fan," says company rep David Heutmaker. "They can result in up to 27 more horsepower and 20 ft.-lbs. of torque, boosting fuel mileage by 6 percent. They also allow quicker engine warm-ups and cool-downs, longer water pump life, less fan noise, and improved air conditioner performance."
Electric fans come with variable speed control so they speed up or slow down as needed.
"All engines react differently but in general, diesel engines will benefit the most from electric fans in power and torque gains," says Heutmaker. "We don't recommend using electric fans in heavy towing applications because of amperage overload. If your vehicle has a gross vehicle weight of more than 18,000 lbs. we recommend you stay with a belt-driven fan."
Heutmaker says the average retail price for their electric fans is about $550. Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Flex-a-lite Consolidated, 7213 45th St. Ct. E., Fife, Wash. 98424 (ph 800 851-1510 or 253 922-2700; www.flex-a-lite.com).
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