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How to Replace Front Grille 11-18 Volkswagen Jetta

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How to Replace Front Grille 11-18 Volkswagen Jetta

Created on: 2017-09-29

How to repair, install, fix, change or replace a broken, or ripped off radiator grille on 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 Volkswagen Jetta

  1. step 1 :Removing the Front Bumper
    • Remove the four T25 bolts from the bumper
    • Remove the T25 bolts beneath the bumper
    • Remove the three T25 bolts in the wheel well
    • Pry off the tape from the wheel lining
    • Remove the T25 screw underneath
    • Pry out the bumper from the side guides
    • Evenly pull the front bumper out
    • Turn the fog lights counterclockwise to remove them
  2. step 2 :Removing the Grille
    • Pry the tabs down along the bottom of the grille
    • Push the grille forward as you go along
  3. step 3 :Installing the Grille
    • Align the bottom clips with the slots on the bumper
    • Press the grille into the bumper
  4. step 4 :Installing the Front Bumper
    • Turn the fog light bulb clockwise
    • Press the bumper into the car
    • Lift the bumper into the brackets and press it in
    • Tighten the T25 screws in the wheel well
    • Press on the tape to the wheel lining
    • Tighten the screws beneath the bumper
    • Tighten the T25 screws on top of the bumper

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools


  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions


  • Specialty Tools

    Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T30 Driver

    T25 Driver

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We're going to start by removing these for T25 bolts here and at the end. To get the front bumper off, you can see that these plastic brackets are attached under here. You want to start by removing these T25 bolts from the bottom. And next, we're going to remove the T25 bolts that are located inside the fender well here. And there's also one way down here, and a third one at the bottom here. And we're going to do the same on the other side of the vehicle. Take off those three bolts on the inner fender well.

Depending on which model that you have, you may have these bumpers on your fender that go over the seam. If you need to take off your front bumper, you are going to want to peel this back. It is double-sided taped on there. And if you intend on keeping it, you may or may not have to apply more double-sided tape to this to get it to stick back. You can just let it hang here until you're ready to reapply. There is also a bolt facing down right here that you're going to have to get, it is a T25 as well.

When you need to remove the front bumper itself, there is a guide along the back of this bumper. So you're going to want to apply some pressure forward to get it out of the guide, and then it's all going to come straight out. To finish removing the front bumper, after you get the side guides out, you're going to want to pull forward. You may need a second person to assist in evenly pushing the front bumper out. It's still clipped in. If your vehicle's equipped with fog lights, you're going to want to grab this, simply twist and pop it out. And do the same on the other side. When you're removing this front bumper, there are a lot of clips on the inside directly in the center. And when you're pulling out one it does involve a lot of force, and a second person to pull the bumper outward to actually get these to disengage.

On the grille, to remove it, you have these clips here, here and then underneath there are ones right here and here. They go all the way across the bottom of the grille. You're going to want to take a plastic pry tool, and you can pry up on the ones in the side and force the grille forward to get these clips undone. Then these ones underneath, you're going to want to force this section down with your plastic pry tool and push the grille forward. This is going to have to come off in one foul swoop. The grille will be very stiff so they are only come out very slightly as you go along the edge of the bumper.

When putting the grille back onto the bumper, you need to align the bottom clips with the male clips on the top of the bumper. You're going to want to apply pressure forward until it snaps into place.

To place the bumper back in, you're going to want to have yourself and a helper. First, tilt the bottom down or up and place the initial clips back in their correct spots. You can leave the side off under the fender. You can leave it completely off, we just need to clip in the middle. When your bumper's still lightly connected by the center and the side is still disconnected, you're going to take your fog light bulb, place it in here, and twist it back into its locked position. Just like that.

You do the same for the other side. To place the bumper back onto their brackets, which have clips all along the top, make it sure it's aligned underneath the headlight. Press it back into place. There we go.

To reinstall the hardware into the bumper, you just want to start with this one up here, as the liner actually attaches to the other screws that go into the bumper. To attach the liner back to the bumper, there's three screws. There's one here, one here, and then one on the inside right down here, if you could see that right there. Same situation for the hardware on the other side.

There's the one up here, then you're going to want to get before the skirt. And then to put the liner back in. You're going to want to fold this over and then put your three T25 bolts back into place. To reconnect the shield back up to the car, you want to make sure first, when you put the bumper on that these actually slide over the skip plate, and these lock into place right here and here. You want to take your hardware, and then starting from one side, let's screw them over back into place. And the last step, you want to take the remainder of your T25 bolts and line up your grill on the top, and screw it down. You should be all set.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Assistant

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T30 Driver
  • T25 Driver

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