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How to Replace Front Grille 94-98 GMC K1500

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How to Replace Front Grille 94-98 GMC K1500

Created on: 2017-05-10

How to repair, install, fix, change or replace a broken, or ripped off front upper grille on 94, 95, 96, 97, 98 GMC Sierra K1500

  1. step 1 :Removing the Headlights
    • Remove the two 3/16" screws from the top of the headlight
    • Pull the headlight forward out of the grille
    • Disconnect the headlight electrical connectors
    • Repeat these steps on the opposite side
  2. step 2 :Removing the Upper Reflectors
    • Remove the two 13mm nuts from the back of the reflector
    • Pull the reflector out of the grille
    • Repeat these steps on the opposite side
  3. step 3 :Removing the Inner Turn Signal Lights
    • Remove the four Phillips head screws from the turn signal light
    • Pull the turn signal forward out of the grille
    • Twist the bulbs out of the turn signal
    • Repeat these steps on the opposite side
  4. step 4 :Removing the Side Marker Light
    • Twist the bulb out of the side marker light
    • Remove the two 13mm nuts from the back of the marker light
    • Pull the marker light off the grille
    • Repeat these steps on the opposite side
  5. step 5 :Removing the Grille
    • Remove the two 7mm bolts at the top of the grille
    • Remove the two Phillips head screws from the top of the grille
    • Release grille clips
    • Pull the grille off the vehicle
  6. step 6 :Removing the Emblem
    • Remove the four 13mm nuts from the grille
    • Pull the emblem off the grille
  7. step 7 :Installing the Emblem
    • Install the emblem onto the new grille
    • Fasten the four 13mm nuts onto the emblem studs
  8. step 8 :Installing the Grille
    • Clip the grille into place
    • Insert the two 7mm bolts into the top of the grille
    • Insert the two Phillips screws into the top of the grille
  9. step 9 :Installing the Outer Turn Signals
    • Place the side marker light into the grille
    • Twist the bulb into the side marker
    • Fasten the two 13mm nuts onto the back of the side marker light
    • Repeat these steps on the opposite side
  10. step 10 :Installing the Turn Signal
    • Twist the bulbs into the turn signal light
    • Place the turn signal into the grille
    • Insert the four Phillips screws into the turn signal
    • Repeat these steps on the opposite side
  11. step 11 :Installing the Reflector
    • Place the reflector into the grille
    • Fasten the two 13mm nuts onto the back of the reflector
    • Repeat these steps on the opposite side
  12. step 12 :Installing the Headlight
    • Connect the headlight electrical connectors
    • Place the headlight into the grille
    • Install the two 3/16" bolts into the headlight
    • Repeat these steps on the opposite side

Tools needed for replacement

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions

    Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    13mm Socket

    7mm Socket

  • Sockets - SAE

    3/16 Inch Socket

  • Wrenches - Metric

    7mm Wrench

    13mm Wrench

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Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. We've been selling auto parts for over 30 years. We're dedicated to delivering quality auto parts, expert customer service, fast and free shipping, all backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee. Visit us at 1AAuto.com, your trusted source for quality auto parts.

In this video, we're going to be working with our 1996 GMC Sierra. We're going to show you how to remove and replace your vehicle's front grille. If you like this video, please click Subscribe. We have a ton more information on this and many other vehicles, and if you need this part for your truck, you can follow the link down in the description over to 1AAuto.com. Here are the items you'll need for this repair.

Remove the two 3/16” screws securing the headlight in. These come out of the top of the grille. We'll do that with a socket, ratchet and extension. Remove the headlight from the vehicle and disconnect the headlight bulbs. Repeat these steps on the opposite side.

To remove the upper reflector use a 13 millimeter or a half inch wrench. If you have access to a ratcheting wrench this is a great opportunity to use it. You'll want to remove the two nuts on the back. These are just plastic body nuts. There's not much tension on them. You can then pull the reflector out of the grille. Repeat these steps on the opposite side.

Remove the four Phillips head screws on the outside edges of your turn signal. We'll do this using a Phillips head screwdriver. Once the screws are out, you can pull the housing forward and remove the electrical connectors. Repeat these steps on the opposite side.

To remove the lower turn signal you want to turn the bulb socket sideways and remove it. It comes out just like the reflector does with two 13 millimeter nuts or half-inch nuts. You'll want to remove those with a ratcheting wrench if you have access to one, otherwise you'll just have to work them off with a regular box open-end wrench. Repeat these steps on the opposite side.

Remove the two seven millimeter bolts and the two Phillips head screws at the top of the grille. To do this we'll use a seven millimeter or a 9/32” socket and ratchet, as well as a Phillips head screwdriver. Once the hardware is out release the grille from the clips on the bottom. You just got to kind of work them out and remove your grille from the truck.

In order to remove your old emblem you'll want to remove these four 13 millimeter body nuts with a socket and ratchet. You could also use a half-inch for this. Once you've got the body nuts removed, you can remove the emblem from your grille.

Install the badge into the grille and install your four 13 millimeter or half-inch body nuts onto the studs. Tighten those down with a 13 millimeter socket and ratchet.

Slide in the bottom tabs of the grille and lock them into place. Then reinstall the two seven millimeter screws in the top corners, as well as the two Phillips heads in the center. Now that we have our new grille installed on the vehicle, you can see that it is the exact same as the one we removed. It's the same size and shape, with the same four bolt holes for the turn signals, headlight buckets, same openings for our reflectors and side markers. We've already installed the three clips on the bottom. You have the same four bolt locations on the top. So if your old grille is cracked, broken, or faded, this new piece from 1A Auto, which is paint to match, will go in direct fit, just like your original equipment and fix you up right.

Install the light into the side marker, as well as your two 13 millimeter nuts. Tighten those down with a 13 millimeter ratcheting wrench. Repeat these steps on the opposite side.

Reinstall the lights into the turn signals. Install them into the grille along with the four Phillips head screws. Repeat these steps on the opposite side.

Install the reflector and two 13 millimeter body nuts and tighten them down with a 13 millimeter ratcheting wrench or whatever you can get in there with.

Reconnect your headlights. Reinstall them and reinstall the three 3/16” bolts. Repeat these steps on the opposite side

Thanks for watching. Visit us at 1AAuto.com for quality auto parts, fast and free shipping, and the best customer service in the industry.

Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 13mm Socket
  • 7mm Socket

  • Sockets - SAE

  • 3/16 Inch Socket

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 7mm Wrench
  • 13mm Wrench


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