Problems Usually Found on Toyota Tundra Grilles
The grille isn't just there to act as a proof for everyone to see that you're driving a Toyota. It has a purpose--a two-pronged purpose actually. When you look at the design, the several slits compacted together let air into the radiator and the engine, cooling them down and preventing the car from overheating. At the same time, the grille keeps out larger objects that can damage the engine. So in simpler terms, it works like a big sifter. It's also an aesthetic tool to accentuate your style. Therefore, common problems associated with this part should be diagnosed and fixed ASAP.
It's normal for a material to experience discoloration or fading, especially when it is exposed to sunlight. Take the human skin for example. Like the human skin, the grille also experiences discoloration or darkening when it is under prolonged exposure. This is because of the harmful UV rays that slowly cook the pigments of the grille, causing it to lose its luster and color.
Cracks and scratches
These signs of damage are quite annoying because they are hard to repair and they usually set you up to buy a new grille. Cracks can be caused by UV degradation, especially when the grille is not UV-stable. The UV rays work with the surrounding oxygen in the atmosphere to react and eat away the polymer bonds, if your grille is made of plastic. And of course, any blunt force applied to the grille can break it. Scratches can really be a head scratcher. For one, they affect the aesthetic quality of the grille. Moreover, scratches really stand out. Therefore, anyone could see your damaged grille and spoil the fun.
Blemishes are caused mainly by dirt and grime that stick to your grille after a long day's drive. Hard water, bird droppings, bug cadavers, and asphalt are just some of many things that can make the grille look ugly. Good thing there are quite a lot of cleaners in the market that can eliminate these pesky oddities. However, the danger lies deep; when you don't clean the grille immediately. It's because some of the dirt and grime that get pasted on to your grille may contain acids that will damage the surface at least. If your grille is metal, then you're going to have the age-old problem called rust.