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Can you test a fan clutch in the oven?
This might get the wife yelling at me, but would putting my fan clutch in the oven and heating it up to around 225* tell me if it is still good? I am putting a clutch fan on my otherwise stock L35 396 to help with low speed airflow, and I have a couple of fan clutches I would like to test. I purchased a new one from NAPA, but I am not crazy about the generic aftermarket ones that everyone sells that have the slots for the universal bolt pattern. Would prefer more of an original look, but also don't want to spend a couple hundred on a correct reproduction, since I am not even sure that this will correct my problem.
Seems like if I heat it up to the temp where it is supposed to "lock up", I should be able to tell a difference in the effort it takes to turn it compared to when it is cool. Has anyone tried this?
1967 RS/SS 350 Conv - triple black, 4sp, tach & gauges
1969 VN-built RS/SS 396 Conv - Garnet Red/Black, 4-sp, tach & gauges