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Radiator Grille Replacing
 
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Radiator Grille Replacing

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hours1 hrs

Tab:

$100

Talent:

**

Tools:

Flathead screwdriver, plastic prying tool

Applicable Models:

BMW X5 (2000-06)

Parts Required:

Radiator grills

Hot Tip:

Work carefully to not damage grill retaining clips

Performance Gain:

Nice looking exterior trim

Complementary Modification:

Paint grills black, replace Roundel

The front radiator, or kidney grilles on a BMW have been a signature feature for what seems like forever. The shape or location slightly evolves with each model, yet still retaining that classic look. The grilles are usually coated in chrome and make of plastic. This leaves them susceptible to damage. In my area, the chrome flakes off or the grilles themselves become loose. Once loose, they will rattle and sometimes scratch the finish on the hood. If you have a faulty or worn grill, you can quickly freshen up the look of your BMW by replacing them.

Remember your car may have been serviced before and parts replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please include your vehicle information.

The radiator grills consist of two separate grills (red arrows) mounted in the engine hood.
Figure 1

The radiator grilles consist of two separate grilles (red arrows) mounted in the engine hood.

Open the engine hood.
Figure 2

Open the engine hood. This photo shows the grilles as viewed from the inside of the hood. There are seven plastic retaining tabs (red arrows) that have to be disconnected to remove each grill. If you plane to reuse the grill, it can be tricky not to break these clips. If you are replacing the grilles, some of these are likely broken, and breaking more doesn't matter.

Wrap the end of a flathead screwdriver with tape (green arrow), this will help to protect the finish of the hood.
Figure 3

Wrap the end of a flathead screwdriver with tape (green arrow), this will help to protect the finish of the hood.

There are a few ways to disconnect the tabs, one is to reach inside inner part of grill to detach retaining tab by pressing in while pushing grill out of hood.
Figure 4

There are a few ways to disconnect the tabs, one is to reach inside inner part of grill to detach retaining tab by pressing in while pushing grill out of hood. I find this way to be the easiest on E53 models. Use the flathead screwdriver, release each tab while pulling the grill out of the hood.

Once one side is detached, the rest of the grill cab be snapped out, work slowly as to not damage the vehicle finish or grill if you place to reuse it.
Figure 5

Once one side is detached, the rest of the grill cab be snapped out, work slowly as to not damage the vehicle finish or grill if you place to reuse it. Photo shows the same grill as previous photo, viewed from opposite side.

With the grills removed, clean the area on the hood normally covered by the grills (red arrows).
Figure 6

With the grilles removed, clean the area on the hood normally covered by the grilles (red arrows). To install, push grill into hood until it snaps into place.




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