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Volvo 850 Grille Assembly

Common Issues with the Volvo 850 Grille Assembly

Your Volvo 850 grille assembly is designed to help improve the engine's cooling process. Basically, it lets cool air into your car's engine bay to maintain the proper operating temperature of all the working parts inside it. Denser and cooler air can now circulate throughout your car's cooling system, allowing for the engine to burn fuel more efficiently. Also, your car's grille assembly helps secure its headlights, hood, manufacturer's emblem, and other accessories. Since grille assemblies are located in front of your car, they are also prone to wear-and-tear. If you begin to notice small cracks and holes on your grille assembly, or on the car's radiator, it's time to do some troubleshooting. Below are some of issues encountered by Volvo 850 owners, and the factors behind them:


Mud, dirt, road debris, and especially bugs are the most common causes of obstructions in your car's grille assembly. These tend to build-up on the front of your car, which can block the air coursing through the engine bay. Once air is blocked, the radiator and air filter will have a tougher time sucking in cold air resulting to a higher engine temperature. When this happens, it's best to inspect your car's grille assembly for obstructions. Remove these obstructions immediately to let fresh air in. You can also clean accumulated dirt and bug residue with a pail or warm water mixed with car shampoo. This mixture softens the bug and dirt residue, making it easier for you to remove it from your car's grille assembly.

Physical damage

Physical damage is one of the most common issues faced by vehicle owners. From hairline cracks to chipping, these signs of physical damage can be caused by driving habits, extreme weather conditions, and varying road conditions. Dents, cracks, and holes can wear the grille assembly further, leading to a complete assembly replacement. Remove your car's grille assembly and check it for any sign of damage. Once you see signs of damage, clean it first before making any repairs. Plastic repair kits like acrylic fillers and solvent cements will seal holes and cracks on your assembly. But if your car's grille assembly is beyond repair, it's better to replace it with a brand new one.

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  • How to Keep Your Volvo 850 Grille Assembly in Good Condition 27 February 2013

    Designed to protect your car's radiator and engine from damage, the Volvo 850 grille assembly serves as a barrier against road debris. Grille assemblies are durable enough to keep flying rocks, bugs, twigs, and mud from entering your car's engine bay. Aside from protecting your engine's vital components, it also allows cooler air to enter and help lower the engine's temperature. Grille assemblies are the first things people notice when they see your car. They house the car manufacturer's emblem and add a distinctive style to your ride. If you want to maintain your Volvo 850's overall appeal and market value, keeping its grille assembly in good condition is the key. Here are some tips to help you maintain your car's grille assembly:

    Always keep it clean.

    Mud, dirt, small pebbles, and dead bugs can obstruct the grille assembly's airflow. When these types of debris start to build up, it can restrict cold air from entering the engine bay, and cause the engine to overheat. Keeping it clean is the best way to maintain its function and pristine condition. With a garden house or pressure washer, spray your car's grille assembly with water to remove grime and dead bugs from it. Mix car shampoo and water in a pail of water, then scrub the grille assembly down until the debris is removed. If you're having a hard time removing tar or dead bugs off your grille assembly, use a tar remover solution.

    Check it for signs of physical damage.

    Checking the grille assembly for signs of physical damage is best done during cleaning. Cleaning the grille assembly can reveal cracks, chips, and dents which is relatively hard to spot. Impact from various road debris and flying rocks can really cause damage to the assembly, and repairs must be done immediately. It's also recommended that you check the car's radiator, air filter, and hoses for damage as well.

    Repair the damage and give it a fresh coat of paint.

    Since most grille assemblies are manufactured from high-quality ABS polymers and plastics, corrosion and rust isn't your main concern, but physical damage is. Plastic or resin repair kits can be used to bond gaps and fill cracks on the assembly. After filling the gaps and bonding the cracks, you can also paint the grille cover to restore its factory look. Remember that your grille assembly emphasizes your car's distinct features. Keep it in good condition at all times.