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BMW Hood Grille Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

BMW Hood Grille Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hours1 hrs

Tab:

$100

Talent:

**

Tools:

10mm, 8mm sockets, Flathead screwdriver, small pick, T27 Torx driver

Applicable Models:

BMW E90 3-Series (2006-11)
BMW E91 3-Series (2006-12)
BMW E92 3-Series (2007-13)
BMW E93 3-Series (2007-13)

Parts Required:

Radiator grill and upper trim piece

Hot Tip:

Work carefully to not damage grill retaining clips

Performance Gain:

Nice looking exterior trim

Complementary Modification:

Paint grills black
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The radiator grills consist of two snap together grills (green arrows) and an upper trim piece (yellow arrows).
Figure 1

The radiator grills consist of two snap together grills (green arrows) and an upper trim piece (yellow arrows). The outer chrome ring can be separated from the inner black plastic grill and each can be serviced. The plastic clips break on the inner grill and the chrome can wear off the grill. If this happens you can replace the grills quite easily and freshen up the look of your E90. The upper grill trim pieces can also be replaced and are held in by a few fasteners. Open engine hood.

Working below front of hood, remove six T20 Torx fasteners.
Figure 2

Working below front of hood, remove six T20 Torx fasteners. Then remove upper radiator grill trim piece.

Reach inside inner part of grill to detach retaining clip by prying out and release grill from engine hood.
Figure 3

Reach inside inner part of grill to detach retaining clip by prying out and release grill from engine hood.

This photo shows the tab (green arrow) you have to pull to release grill from front bumper.
Figure 4

This photo shows the tab (green arrow) you have to pull to release grill from front bumper.

Once clips have been detached, remove grill from engine hood by pulling straight out.
Figure 5

Once clips have been detached, remove grill from engine hood by pulling straight out. If clips re-engage or become snagged, you may have to release them again.

If you're re-using the chrome grill trim, release retaining clips and separate chrome grill from inner grill.
Figure 6

If you're re-using the chrome grill trim, release retaining clips and separate chrome grill from inner grill. There are a total of 5 clips to release. Green arrows point to locations of clips.

Use a flathead screwdriver to release clips on grill.
Figure 7

Use a flathead screwdriver to release clips on grill. If you're re-using the chrome grill trim, snap chrome trim onto new inner grill.

When installing grill, align tabs with holes in bumper cover.
Figure 8

When installing grill, align tabs with holes in bumper cover. (green arrow)

Once aligned, push grill into bumper cover until it snaps into place.
Figure 9

Once aligned, push grill into bumper cover until it snaps into place.

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