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 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.