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How to Replace Grille 98-03 Dodge Durango

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How to Replace Grille 98-03 Dodge Durango

Created on: 2010-12-21

This video will show not only how to replace the grille yourself, but also how to prepare a new one

  1. step 1 :Removing the Grille
    • Remove the four 8mm bolts from the bottom of the grille
    • Remove the seven 8mm bolts from the top of the grille
    • Pull the grille off
  2. step 2 :Preparing the New Grille
    • Pry the clips off the old grille with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Apply penetrating oil to the clips
    • Clip the clips onto the new grille
    • Remove any bolts that remained in the grille support with vise grip pliers and an 8mm socket
    • Insert the bolts into the grille
    • Attach the anti-rattle piece to the new grille
  3. step 3 :Installing the New Grille
    • Hang the new grille in place by its bolts
    • Start the nuts onto the new grille
    • Tighten all the fasteners

Tools needed for replacement

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

    Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions

    Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    8mm Socket

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Hi, I'm Mike Green. I'm one of the owners of 1A Auto. I want to help you save time and money repairing or maintaining your vehicle. I'm going to use my 20-plus years experience restoring and repairing cars and trucks like this to show you the correct way to install parts from 1AAuto.com. The right parts installed correctly: that's going to save you time and money. Thank you and enjoy the video.

In this video, we're going to replace the front grille on this 1998 Dodge Durango. Tools you'll need are an 8mm socket and ratchet with an extension, a flat blade screwdriver, vice grips, or a large pair of pliers, and a regular pair of pliers.

Here's looking under the hood, and then back up to the back side of the grille. You have eleven bolts and nuts: four bolts on the bottom (one, two, three, and four), then seven on top (one, two, three, one in behind here, four, five, six, seven. So, take an 8mm socket and ratchet with an extension and remove all of those bolts.

Here's the backside of my old grille. What you want to do is, for these clips here that the bolts went into, use a screwdriver. Basically, the clips have a little lock in them. Push the screwdriver right through. Make sure you're not breaking the hook or plastic there. Just pull that. With a little screwdriver, it'll fall out. Then, what you want to do is use so penetrating oil on these clips. Make sure that the bolts go through them easily, so, that when you put them onto the new grille, it doesn't stress the plastic and break them. Once you've got them working well, you use want to reinstall them onto your new grille right in the same spot. On our old grille in a lot of cases, the studs, just kind of twisted out of the grille. So, we're just grapping onto them with vice grips, and using our 8mm socket to remove those from the hood.

Here's my new grille. You can see I got my new studs in, and I've got all the clips transferred over here. You notice I am going with chrome for two reasons: 1 personal preference, and 2 you don't have to repaint it. The other choice is paint-to-match, and I don't happen to have a paint booth here. So, basically, it's pretty easy. Put it on. Actually, one more thing to point out: it comes with a strip that you stick on right here. It just keeps the grille from rattling against your hood. I stuck that on as well. Put the top studs through their holes. Go around them. Start a couple of the nuts on top. These down here, get them. Then put all the fasteners back on. It's all installed. There you go. There's something about a little chrome that brightens up the front end.

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:

    Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 8mm Socket


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