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Radiator Grille and Emblem Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Radiator Grille and Emblem Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hours1 hrs

Tab:

$100

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic prying tool

Applicable Models:

Volvo V70 (1998-01)
Volvo V70 2.4T (2001)
Volvo V70 AWD (1998-99)
Volvo V70 GLT (1998-00)
Volvo V70 GLT SE (2000)
Volvo V70 R (1998)
Volvo V70 R AWD (1999-00)
Volvo V70 T5 (1998-01)
Volvo V70 X/C (2001)
Volvo V70 X/C AWD (1998-00)
Volvo V70 X/C AWD SE (2000)

Parts Required:

Radiator grille and emblem

Hot Tip:

Work carefully to not damage grille retaining clips

Performance Gain:

Nice looking exterior trim

Complementary Modification:

Paint grilles black

The front radiator or hood grille on a Volvo has been a signature feature for what seems like forever. Let's be honest here. The most prominent trademark of the Volvo brand is the large grille with the Volvo emblem running through it. The shape or location slightly evolves with each model, yet still retains that classic look. The grilles are usually coated in chrome and made 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 grille, you can quickly freshen up the look of your Volvo by replacing it.

If your grilles are looking worn or you are missing an emblem, you've got to do something about it. In this article, I will go over the easy steps of removing the grilles for replacement or radical improvement.

Remember that your car may have been serviced before and had 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 you're 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. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

The front radiator or hood grille (red arrow) on a Volvo have been a signature feature for what seems like forever.
Figure 1

The front radiator or hood grille (red arrow) on a Volvo have been a signature feature for what seems like forever. Let's be honest here. The most prominent trademark of the Volvo brand is the large grille with the Volvo Emblem (green arrow) running through it. The shape or location slightly evolves with each model, yet still retains that classic look.

Open the engine hood.
Figure 2

Open the engine hood. You will have to remove six plastic locks that secure the grille to the hood (red arrows).

Locate each clip.
Figure 3

Locate each clip. Then slide the clip toward the large holes to unlock the clips. Then remove the clips from the hood.

The clip behind the hood lock handle (red arrow) can be tricky.
Figure 4

The clip behind the hood lock handle (red arrow) can be tricky. If you can't fit your finger in there, use a flathead screwdriver covered in tape (to prevent scratches) to lever the clip off.

Once the clips are removed, slide the grille out of the hood to remove it (red arrow).
Figure 5

Once the clips are removed, slide the grille out of the hood to remove it (red arrow).

To replace the emblem, place the grille on a bench covered in a blanket.
Figure 6

To replace the emblem, place the grille on a bench covered in a blanket. Remove the four metal clips (red arrows).

Use a small flathead screwdriver to lever the clip off the emblem (red arrow).
Figure 7

Use a small flathead screwdriver to lever the clip off the emblem (red arrow). To install the new clips, press them on using a 9mm socket (green arrow). When installing the grille, align the tabs with the holes in the hood and install the retaining clips. Replace any damaged clips.


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