How to Remove a Ford Expedition Grilleby Allen Moore
The Ford Expedition’s factory grille insert is composed of molded plastic, coated with a finish that matches the vehicle’s exterior. While many Expedition owners are perfectly content with the factory grille, it is one of the most frequently replaced items when it comes to aftermarket, exterior upgrades. If you want to replace your grille with a fancy billet model or simply need to replace it because of damage, the procedure is easy, and you can be finished in less than an hour.
Open the hood and remove the plastic rivets that hold the grille cover down. You will first need to pop the core of the rivet up with a pocket screwdriver. Once the core is up, pull the whole rivet out with the needle nose pliers. Be careful not to damage these rivets as they break easily and you will need them to reattach the cover.
Lift the grille cover off by hand and set it to the side.
Remove the Torx bolts from the core support using the Torx socket and socket wrench. Place the Torx bolts with the plastic rivets to one side for reinstallation.
Use the socket set to remove the bolts holding the bumper cover to the fender and wheel well. There are two on each side where the bumper cover wraps around the wheel well, two more on each side at the bottom of each fender where the cover wraps under, and the final two per side where the fender, grille and bumper cover connect. You will need the socket extension for the last four.
Turn the fog lamp sockets ¼ turn counterclockwise and pull them from the lamp assemblies. Hang them off to the side.
Pull the trim pins out of the bottom of the fender cover with the trim pin removal tool. Be careful not to damage them as you will need them for reinstallation.
Press down on the four tabs across the top of the grille then pull the grille out by hand.
Replace the grille in the reverse of removal.
Things You'll Need
- Pocket screwdriver
- Needle nose pliers
- Torx sockets
- Socket set
- Socket extension
- Trim pin removal tool
Allen Moore's career includes awards in poetry and creative fiction, published lyrics, fiction books and nonfiction articles as well as a master certification in automotive service from the Ford Motor Company. Moore is a contributing writer for RF365.com and various other websites, a ghostwriter for Rainbow Writing and has over a dozen works of fiction currently in print.