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.