How to Remove the Grill on Vehicles

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

The Vehicles has a plastic grille with a chrome finish on the front of the Vehicles. Over time, the grille can deteriorate and the chrome finish can begin peeling off, making the grille less aesthetically pleasing. Fortunately, you can remove and replace the grille on your Vehicles with a new or salvaged grille in better condition. Removing the grille is a straightforward process that requires a few basic hand tools and should take no more than half an hour to complete.

Under The Hood:

 How to Remove the Grill on a Toyota Pickup

Open the hood of the truck. This will allow for easier access to the back side of the grill.

Remove the turn signals and parking lamps of the truck using a Phillips-head screwdriver. The screws can be located on the front of the signals and lamps. Place the signals, lamps and screws on the ground next to the front tires.

Remove the screws holding the grill in place. These can be found on all four edges of the grill on the side facing the truck's engine. Place the screws on the ground next to the turn signals, parking lamps and other screws.

Unlatch any clips holding the grill in place. Your model of truck may or may not have these clips. The clips are normally located along the top of the grill.

Pull the grill out from the body of the truck and set it aside in an area where it will not be damaged.

Items you will need

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Gloves

 How to Remove the Grill on a 1997 Chevy Pickup

Park your 97 Chevy truck and remove the four screws (one screw in each corner) in the right parking light assembly. Remove the four screws in the left parking light assembly. The parking lights are directly beneath the main headlight.

Pull the right parking light assembly directly out. There are two wired light bulb sockets connected to the rear of each parking light assembly. Depress the thumb tab on each light bulb socket, twist counterclockwise and pull the bulb socket out. Place the parking light assembly to the side; leave the wired bulb sockets draping outside of the grill. Repeat on the left parking light assembly.

Reach inside the right parking light cavity and grasp the side marker light bulb socket. Twist counterclockwise and remove the socket. Place the side marker bulb socket aside. Repeat on the left parking light cavity.

Remove the 10 bolts that secure the grille to the frame with a wrench or ratchet. Two bolts are on each side behind the parking light assembly, one bolt in the lower center of the grille (below the Chevrolet symbol), four bolts along the top of the grille and one bolt in the upper center of the grille (above the Chevrolet symbol).

Lift up on the grille and pull out at the same time to remove the grille.

Items you will need

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Wrench or ratchet

 How to Remove the Grill on a Jetta

Open the hood of the Jetta and prop it up with the hood rod. Use the flat head screwdriver to gently pry off the metal clip connectors attaching the bumper to the hood, by sliding the tip of the screwdriver under the clips top and pushing them away from the grill.

Use the metric wrench to loosen and remove the bolts keeping the grill connected to the Jetta body. Remove the two top bolts first, then the three at the bottom of the grill. Place the bolts in a safe place so they do not get misplaced.

Grab the grill with one hand on the very top, and one hand on the vertical spoke in the middle of the grill. Pull straight up until the grill rises three inches and then pull outward away from the Jetta. Set the grill down gently in a safe place so it does not get damaged.

Items you will need

  • Flat head screwdriver

  • Metric wrench set

 How to Remove the Grill on a Hyundai Sonata

Locate the grill mounting screws. Set the parking brake and raise the hood of the Sonata. Immediately in front of the hood latch, where the grill mounts to the radiator core support, you will find six small screws. At the far edges of the grill there are two larger fasteners that hold the grill to the bumper cover.

Remove the larger fasteners and remove the grill. Use a 1/4-inch socket to loosen the fasteners and remove them. Once loose, pull the grill slightly forward and lift up. The grill has tangs that fit into slots in the bumper cover.

Install the new grill. Slide the grill tangs into the slots in the bumper cover. Firmly seat it, then push the grill back and allow the lip of the grill to slide over the metal core support. Replace the fasteners that you removed earlier.

Items you will need

  • 1/4-inch socket set

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