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Toyota Tundra Grille

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.

Discoloration

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

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.

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  • Keeping Your Toyota Tundra Grille in Good Condition 27 February 2013

    A grille acts as a sieve that covers a part of the face of the vehicle to allow air to enter. The grille also protects the radiator and engine from large objects that may come flying in. But nowadays, grilles are primarily cosmetic in nature. The grille is often identified as a distinctive styling element that reflects the "personality" of the car and the driver. Many makers like Toyota use it as their primary brand identifier. Since the grille usually bears the badge of the car maker, it contributes to the vehicle's overall distinct look. Therefore, it must be kept in good condition at all times. Here's how.


    Clean it.


    Cleaning the grille is the most basic and important starting point of maintaining your Toyota Tundra grille. When you clean the grille, you take away those damaging materials that get stuck on the surface of the grille. These materials might contain some corrosive agents that will discolor or be an entry point of potentially harmful chemicals that can work away tour grille from the inside. A dish-washing detergent will do the trick most of the time. However, special car cleaners are much more recommended for that deep and awesome clean. Be careful with cleaning the grille because it's not as simple as it looks. Use a soft-bristled brush so that you won't risk the grille of getting any more scratches.


    Wax it.


    Next time you apply wax on your Toyota Tundra, don't leave the grille behind. The grille also needs the same protection as the body because it also experiences the same damage. Wax provides an extra layer of protection so that harmful UV rays can't reach the surface of the grille. Plus, dirt and grime won't stick that much, making the grille much easier to clean. After application, buff the wax with lint-free cloth for that showroom finish.


    Repair it.


    At some point, the grille might get cracked. It is inevitable. And when that day comes, be sure that you are ready with some acrylic solvent cement and gap filling solvent cement. Use them according to the extent of damage on your grille. After initial application, let it dry for six hours then scrape off any residues. It might not be the same as it was originally but it will look way better than before.