How to Remove a Factory Grille From a Dodge Chargerby Leonardo R. Grabkowski
The Dodge Charger belongs to a family of Dodge and Chrysler vehicles known as "LX" vehicles. These vehicles include the Chrysler 300, Dodge Magnum and Dodge Challenger. LX owners commonly customize their vehicles; grilles are among the most popular customizations. Removing the factory grille in your Dodge Charger or other LX vehicle only takes about 15 minutes.
Let your engine cool for at least 30 minutes before you get started. Working near engine components can be dangerous if they are hot.
Pop the hood and remove the front fascia cover above the grille. There are two sections to the cover, one on the driver's side and one on the passenger's side. Pull the sections straight up to remove them.
Examine the area at the rear of the grille assembly to find the four Phillips screws. There is one screw on each side, one on top and one on the bottom. Remove these screws.
Use a flat-head screwdriver to disengage the four clips securing the grille assembly to the front of the Charger. The clips are visible from the rear, close to where the screws were. Once the clips are disengaged, you'll be able to pull the grille away from the vehicle.
- If you intend to install an aftermarket grille, you'll probably need to use the existing grille assembly. Most aftermarket grilles are simply grille covers. Once the entire assembly is removed, you'll be able to separate the grille cover from the assembly and attach your new grille cover.
Things You'll Need
- Phillips screwdriver
- Flat-head screwdriver
Leonardo R. Grabkowski has been writing professionally for more than four years. Grabkowski attended college in Oregon. He builds websites on the side and has a slight obsession with Drupal, Joomla and Wordpress.