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How To Replace Front Radiator Grille 96-99 Chevy Tahoe

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How To Replace Front Radiator Grille 96-99 Chevy Tahoe

Created on: 2021-01-16

New Reflector from 1AAuto.com How to repair, install, fix, change or replace a broken, or ripped off radiator grille on 96, 97, 98, 99, Chevy Tahoe, C1500 or K1500.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Parking Lights
    • Remove the four Phillips head screws from the parking light
    • Pull the light out
    • Twist the bulb sockets counterclockwise and out
    • Twist the bulb socket out of the side marker light
    • Repeat these steps for the other parking light
  2. step 2 :Removing the Grille
    • Remove the four 7mm bolts from the top of the grille
    • Remove the 7mm bolt from the center of the grille
    • Undo the three tabs at the bottom of the grille, using a flat blade screwdriver if necessary
  3. step 3 :Preparing the New Grille
    • Remove the ten 13mm nuts from the marker lights and reflectors, and the badge on the old grille
    • Push the plastic clips out of the old grille, using a flat blade screwdriver if necessary
    • Put the marker lights and reflectors onto the new grille
    • Fasten the 13mm nuts onto the marker lights and reflectors
    • Push the badge onto the new grille
    • Fasten the 13mm nuts onto the badge
    • Push the eight plastic clips into the new grille
  4. step 4 :Installing the New Grille
    • Pull the bulb sockets through the grille as you position it
    • Push in the center grille tab
    • Push in the two outside grille tabs
    • Insert the four 7mm bolts into the top of the grille
    • Insert the 7mm bolts into the center of the grille
  5. step 5 :Reinstalling the Parking Lights
    • Twist the bulb socket into the marker light
    • Twist the bulb sockets into the parking light
    • Push the parking light into place
    • Insert the four Phillips screws into the parking light
    • Repeat these steps for the other marker light and parking light

Tools needed for replacement

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions

    Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

    Phillips Bit in a Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

    13mm Socket

    7mm Socket

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Hi, I'm Don from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and next time you need parts for your vehicle, think of 1AAuto.com. Thanks.

In this video, we're going to show you how to replace the grille on this 1996 Chevy Tahoe. It's the same part and process on these Tahoes from '95 to 2000. The items you'll need for this are a new grille from 1AAuto.com, Phillips screwdriver, 7mm and 13mm socket and ratchet with an extension, and flat blade screwdriver.

You want to first remove these four Phillips screws. We'll just fast forward as Don does this. Pull the light out and twist these sockets counterclockwise and pull them out. Then you want to twist this socket out of your side marker light. Then repeat the process on the other side.

Next, you want to remove this series of 7mm bolts. We'll just fast forward as Don does this. There's one more 7mm bolt right here. Once those are removed, you want to just lift up this tab and pull the grille forward and there's another one on the other side. There's another clip right in the center, using a stick or a long screwdriver, you just want to push that tab and then pull out on that center tab. Just to give you a better look at it, it's this tab right here.

Up top, is the old grille; below it, are the two from 1A Auto. In the middle is an exact replacement of the old grille and on the bottom is an all chrome version, which we'll be installing on this truck, but first we have to swap over all the stuff from the old grille. You just want to remove these ten 13mm nuts. We'll just fast forward as Don does this. You also want to swap over these clips and there are eight of them in total, four on one side, and four on the other. To remove them, all you do is push in those four triangular pieces, and it just pops out and if gives you any trouble, you can use a flat blade screwdriver to help push it through. We'll fast forward as Don takes the new grille and starts attaching those side marker reflectors and the side marker lights and replacing those 13mm nuts. For the badge, just push it into the center and, just like with the lights, replace those two 13mm nuts. Now, take those eight clips and just push them into place.

Once those are in place, take your grille and pull your parking light sockets through. Then, you want to line up the tabs on the grille, and the first one you want to do is the center one and just push down that tab and push the tab on the grille into place until it locks. Now, line up those side ones and push those into place. We'll just fast forward here as Don replaces those five 7mm bolts. There's four along the top of the grille and then that one in the center just above the badge.

Now, twist your side marker light back into place and then twist your two parking light sockets back into place, just turning them clockwise to lock them. Then push the assembly into place and replace those four Phillips screws. Just repeat the process on the other side.

We hope this video helps you out. Brought to you by www.1AAuto.com, your source for quality replacement parts and the best service on the Internet. Please feel free to call us toll-free, 888-844-3393. We're the company that's here for you on the Internet and in person.

Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Bit in a Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 13mm Socket
  • 7mm Socket

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