How to Install a Chrysler 300 Grille

by William Zane

The Chrysler 300 is a popular sedan. There are a number of reasons that the front grille on a 300 may need to be removed and installed. Maybe it’s looking worse for the wear, and you are replacing it with a new grille. The 300 is also a popular car for modifying, and there are many aftermarket mesh grilles available that can improve its outward appearance. Removing the grille on a 300 will require an offset screwdriver.

1

Open the front hood. Examine the area around the grille. The grille has two plastic panels that cover the top edge. Remove the plastic pieces by pulling firmly on them. Set them aside.

2

Locate then remove the four plastic inserts concealed by the plastic covers. These can be gently pried out with a flat head screwdriver. Set them aside for reuse.

3

Pull the plastic cover fastened to the bumper away from the car a few inches to gain access to the grille screws. Do not pull the cover all the way out.

4

Locate the screws that hold the grille on from the engine bay side of the grille around the grille's perimeter. There are two plastic square screws, one on each side, and eight Phillips head screws on the top and the bottom.

5

Remove the top screws first then the plastic screws on either side with the properly sized Torx (star-shaped) screwdriver.

6

Use your hands to feel across the bottom edge of the grille and locate the lower screws, which are difficult to access. Using the Phillips bit and the offset ratchet, remove the lower screws by sliding the ratchet under the grille and loosening the screws. Pull the grille away from the car without dropping it.

7

Reinstall the grille by placing the lower edge in place. Carefully start the lower screws with your fingers then tighten them with the offset ratchet and Phillips bit.

8

Install the upper screws and the two side plastic screws. Push the plastic cover attached to the bumper back into place. Reinstall the plastic plugs by pushing them into their holes. Snap the plastic covers back into place that overlap the grille. Close the hood.

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About the Author

William Zane has been a freelance writer and photographer for over six years and specializes primarily in automotive-related subject matter among many other topics. He has attended the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, where he studied automotive design, and the University of New Mexico, where he studied journalism.

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