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How to Replace Grille 05-16 Toyota RAV4

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  1. step : Removing the Bumper Cover (0:14)
    • Remove the push pin retainers to remove the front engine compartment trim
    • Along the top of the bumper cover, remove the push pin retainers and two phillips screws
    • In each wheel well, remove the twist lock retainer, and the 10 mm screw securing the bumper cover to the fender
    • Along the bottom of the bumper cover, remove the push pin retainers and the 10 mm screws securing the lower shielding to the bumper cover
    • At each corner, pull the bumper cover away from the fender to remove it
  2. step : Removing the Grille (4:06)
    • Remove the three lower 10 mm bolts
    • Pry the tabs to release the grille
    • Remove the weather strip from the top of the grille
  3. step : Installing the Grille (5:47)
    • Set the grille onto the bumper, fitting the tabs into place
    • Push down to set the locking tabs
    • Attach the weather strip along the top of the grille
    • Install the three bolt brackets on the lower tabs
    • Install the three 10 mm bolts
  4. step : Installing the Bumper Cover (7:33)
    • Set the bumper cover in position
    • Install the two top Phillips screws loosely
    • Push the top edges of the bumper cover into position under the headlight assembly, and lock them into the fender
    • Install the 10 mm screw securing the bumper to the fender on each side
    • Position the wheel well liner into the retaining clip on each side
    • Install the twist lock retainer on each side
    • Install the screws and push pin retainers securing the underbody paneling to the bumper cover
    • Tighten the Phillips screws at the top of the bumper cover
    • Install the push pin retainers along the top of the bumper cover
    • Install the front engine compartment trim
    • Secure the trim with the push pin retainers

Hi! I'm Geoff from 1A Auto. Today, I'm going to show you how to take this grille off of this 2010 Toyota RAV4.

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Okay, so we're going to get started by taking off this panel right here. We're just going to get in. And these ones come out. You just push down on the center, and you can pry it up like that. That one is already done. Get in like that. Push. There we go, there's that one. You can go ahead and do the same with the rest of them. And then you can go ahead ... And this just lifts. Slide it back and out.

All right, so now we're going to go ahead and take off the bumper. Now, we're going to start along the top here. There's a couple of these push clips, and then two Phillips screws. So, to get these push clips off, you just get in and under with a screwdriver, pull up the top, and then it pulls right out. You can go ahead and do that for these other ones. And then while we're right here, we'll get this Phillips.

These screws ended up being a little rusty, and they're kind of stuck. So, we're just going to get a little bit of rust penetrant in here. We'll give that a second to soak in.

All right, now that we've given that a minute for the rust to break free, we can just go ahead ... All right, we've got that one out. And then we can go ahead and get this other one on the other side.

And then right here, this is actually one of those pop clips too. So, we just need to pry up the top of it, and then it comes out.

So, right here we have another clip that attaches this liner to the bumper. All you need to do is turn it a quarter turn, and then it will just pry right out. Just like that.

Okay, and then after you take this clip out, this just separates away. And you can see hiding behind right here we have another 10 millimeter screw that secures the bumper to the fender. And you can go ahead and do the same thing on the other side.

So, now we're going to take a look underneath. We've got a bunch of things that we need to remove to separate the bottom of the bumper. We've got some more of these clips, and then we've got a couple screws that are either 10 millimeter or Phillips. So, we've got here, here, here, which we are missing, here, and then here, and here.

All right, just like the other ones, we're just going to pop out the top. These ones are down on the bottom, so of course they've filled up with all kinds of sand and road junk over the years. So, these are not coming out very easily. There we go.

And if you wind up breaking any of these plastic pieces, we sell an entire kit of Toyota fasteners on 1AAuto.com.

So, now let's go ahead, and we'll get off these 10 millimeter screws. One there. There would be one there, and there, and there. We're going to skip right to here. And this one right here.

All right, now that we've got all the fasteners off, all we have to do is get a good grip and rip.

Well, look at that! I got it all in one go.

Okay, so to take this grille off of the bumper, first of all you're going to want to lay your bumper down on a blanket, or a piece of cardboard, or something to keep from scratching it. Then we're going to go ahead and take off these three 10 millimeter bolts to start.

After you get those 10 millimeter bolts out, you're going to want to pry off these brackets the dealer screwed into there. So, you can just take a flat-blade screwdriver and get under the tab here, and it should just push right off. And you can do that with the other two. With those brackets off, that's going to let these tabs slide through.

Then this grille is also attached to this weatherstripping along the top. There are a bunch of these hooks where you can just stretch the weatherstripping and slip it right off. You can do that all along the front here, where it's attached to the grille.

Now, after we've got everything unfastened, the grille will just pull right up.

All right, we're going to put this grille back into the bumper. We're just going to line up all of these tabs. Push it in, then we can go ahead and reattach the weatherstripping. It might be helpful to use a flat-blade screwdriver just to help you hold things in position while you stretch the weatherstripping over. Like that, get under, and pull it over to the other side. Like that. Then you do the same thing for all of the other ones along the front here.

All right, now that we've got the grille in place, we just need to reinstall these brackets for the bolts. Just slide it right on until it clicks in.

Then we can go ahead and take our 10 millimeter bolts. They went in from the bottom. Just start each one in loosely, then we can go back and tighten them up. They just need to be snug. You don't want to do too tight because this is all just plastic. That's snug, and snug.

Now we can go ahead and put the bumper back on the vehicle.

All right, here's our bumper. We're just going to set it in place right here to start with. I'm going to take my two screws to hold it in place while I work on the rest of the stuff. I'm just going to put them in loosely now, and we'll come back and tighten them down at the end.

All right, so now that we've got it secured up top, we can go ahead and start putting it back in place over here. We've got some tabs on the back of the bumper here that just kind of rest underneath the headlights, and then we've got these tabs that are going to lock in right here. So, make sure you get these ones right under the headlight, and then these ones will press right in. Then you can go ahead and do the same thing on the other side.

Okay, we're going to go ahead and take this 10 millimeter screw that holds the bumper onto the fender. I'm just going to get it started here. All right, and then we're just going to tighten that until it's snug. It doesn't need to be too, too tight. Just enough to hold on.

All right, now that we've got that screw taken care of up there, we can take the rest of this panel, slide it in behind the bumper. Get this piece tucked into this bracket right here. That piece fits in like that. And then we take this pin, it's got the little wings on it. They line up with the slot in this bracket here. When everything is lined up, you can push it right in. Like that. And then to secure it in place you can take a flat-blade screwdriver, or something similar, and just give it a little turn. Now it's locked in. Then you can go ahead and do the same thing on the other side.

Okay, now that we're down here, we've got some screws and some clips that we need to put in. We'll start with the screws. We're going to want one going here and here. We were missing a few, but if you still have them, you're going to want them all along here.

So, we'll start down on this end.

Okay, we've got our screws in. Now we've just got ones of these clips that goes in on this side. Push it in to lock it. And then another one on the other side.

All right, so now that we've got everything on the sides and underneath finished, we can come back up here to finish up the top. We're going to tighten down these screws, and then we've got three more clips to put in right here.

So, we have our clips that we're going to put back. This one in the middle has a bumper on the top of it. So, we're going to start with that one. We just slide it right in, and push it down to lock it. And then you can do the same thing with the other two. Then we can go ahead and finish tightening down these screws.

All right, now we can go ahead and put this trim piece back. It just sits in like that. And then we're going to secure it with a whole bunch of the clips with the center button.

So, we'll start down on this side. Just push it in; push down the button.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Rust Penetrant

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Plastic Fastener Remover


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