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Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD Grille

Fixing Front-End Problems: Troubleshooting Your Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD Grille

Your Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD won't be as cool and awesome if it doesn't have a unique and stylish grille. Aside from boosting your ride's appeal, it also helps protect crucial internal front-end components and allows air to get into your radiator more easily. Generally, your Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD grille can withstand extreme conditions and impacts, but it may also wear out after years of use. If you notice anything different on your grille lately, perform a bit of troubleshooting to save it from further damage. We've listed a couple of troubleshooting tips to help you out.

Cracked or broken plastic

Most grilles are made of high-grade ABS plastic, so expect them to crack or break over time. This is usually caused by minor front-end collisions or constant exposure to high temperature. Some plastic grilles are also vulnerable to sun damage, especially those made of cheaper Styrene material. You don't have purchase a new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD grille right away if your old unit is cracked or broken. Fine cracks can still be remedied using acrylic solvent cement. This is an excellent adhesive that can be used to repair a number of plastic materials, and you can easily find this in auto supply stores. Acrylic solvent cement bonds cracks real fast, leaving your grille good as new. For best results, let the solvent cement cure for at least 24 to 48 hours first before driving your Chevrolet again to prevent road vibrations from weakening the bond. Gap-filling solvent cement is recommended for cracks with slight gaps.

Loose or slightly detached grille

If the grille is loose or slightly detached from the vehicle, then inspect the clips keeping it attached. Broken or damaged clips may cause the grille to become loose and detached, creating a slight gap between the unit and the vehicle's body. This will damage the grille and make your vehicle's front end look unsightly, so replace any broken or missing clip right away. You may also try bending or moving the damaged clip to see if it will hold the grille better. Taping the clips back with a strong double-sided adhesive tape is also effective in keeping the grille attached, but this is just a temporary fix. Better get a new set of clips before the grille comes off completely.

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  • Polished and Perfect: Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD Grille Maintenance Tips 04 March 2014

    See those polished and perfect Silverados in a Chevy show room? Drool no more because you can make your own Chevy look just like that by simply practicing routine maintenance. Start with your Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD grille. Well, you can start anywhere, but the grille's at the front end of your Chevy, and it's basically the first thing people notice when they're eyeing your ride. A perfectly polished and well-maintained grille can instantly improve the overall look of the exterior, while a dirty and bug-stained grille can drag your ride's aesthetic appeal down several notches. Although it takes a bit of effort on your part, performing routine maintenance on the grille will help preserve its good condition for many years. Cleaning and polishing the grille yourself will also spare your pocket from expensive auto detailing costs. Read the tips we've listed below to keep your Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD grille in polished and perfect shape.

    • Spray on some WD-40 formula on your grille.
    • WD-40 is a popular and effective solution for preventing corrosion, removing grime, and polishing virtually everything from auto accessories to household items. This formula comes in a spray can, and it can be found in most local auto supply stores. Regularly spray on some WD-40 formula on your grille, especially before taking your Chevy out for a drive to prevent bug stains and rust from marring its appearance. WD-40 will help protect your grille and its finish, as bugs and all sorts of insects will simply slide right off once the formula is applied. A few bugs will probably still get stuck after a day's travel, but the small stains they leave behind can be easily wiped off and removed with a clean rag.
    • Clean and polish your grille regularly.
    • Make it a point to clean and polish your Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD grille regularly to maintain its shine and prevent dirt buildup. Routine maintenance will also protect the grille from corrosion and prolong its service life. Aluminum grilles can be cleaned using degreaser, while chrome polish can restore the shine of chrome-plated grilles.