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How to Replace Upper Grille 07-09 Toyota Camry

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How to Replace Upper Grille 07-09 Toyota Camry

Created on: 2021-01-16

New Grille from How to repair, install, fix, change or replace a broken, or ripped off radiator grille on 07, 08, 09 Toyota Camry.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Front Bumper
    • Place tape along the edge of the bumper to mark its location
    • Remove the 10mm bolts from the splash shield
    • Remove the splash shields
    • Turn the clip in the fender liner on either side
    • Pull back the fender liner
    • Remove the 10mm bolt from the bumper on either side
    • Remove the 10mm bolt from the metal support on top of the bumper
    • Pry up the plastic pin from the headlight with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the Phillips retainer from the bracket
    • Pry up the plastic pin from the headlight with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pull the bumper off of the bracket
  2. step 2 :Removing the Upper Grille
    • Remove the Phillips head screws on either side
    • Press in the push tabs along the edge of the grille
    • Remove the grille
  3. step 3 :Installing the Upper Grille
    • Gently snap the grille into the bumper cover
    • Tighten the Phillips head screws to the grille
  4. step 4 :Installing the Front Bumper
    • Hang the bumper on the top brackets
    • Push the bumper into the bracket on both sides
    • Press in the push clips to the headlights
    • Tighten the Phillips retainers to the metal bracket
    • Press in the clips to the bumper
    • Tighten the screw to the bumper behind the fender liner on both sides
    • Replace the splash shield
    • Tighten the 10mm bolts to the splash shield

Tools needed for replacement

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Rust Penetrant

    Painter's Tape

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    12mm Socket

    10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

    Trim Tool Set

Installation Video
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Hi, I’m Mike from 1A Auto. We’ve been selling auto parts for over 30 years!

I'm going to put some protective tape on the edges of the bumper and the fender, so that while we're handling the bumper, we're going to avoid scratching up the paint. Just repeat this with the other side. To take the front bumper off.

You don't have to have the car in the air, but it does make it easier for us to show you what we're doing. You're going to remove this 10-millimeter bolt here. There was one here, all of them right across the front: one here, here, another one here, and this one over here. I’m just going to use a 10-millimeter socket. They do have a spot in them for a Phillips head screwdriver, but the socket makes it a little bit easier.

To remove these lower splash shields, I'm going to remove the other 10-millimeter bolts. One over here. I'm going to remove these bolts here, so I'm probably going to replace these with after-market ones. They're most likely going to be 10 millimeters, like the other ones, but on this car, they're 1/4". On each side of the bumper, there's a small plastic clip. We use a flat bladed screwdriver to turn it 90 degrees to unlock it.

Then we use a plastic prying tool, like the ones you can get at to pry it out. Put that aside so we don't lose it. That's what's holding in the bumper to this fender liner. Once you remove this pin, you got to move up here, and you can pull down the fender liner. There's a hidden fastener up here. It's 10 millimeter. Also has a Phillips head screw head to it, but I'm going to use a 10-millimeter socket because it's easier. Go ahead and remove it. Repeat this for the other side. This bolt might be a little rusty underneath. I'm going to spray some rust penetrant. Take our 10-millimeter socket and remove it.

This is a one single bolt that is holding on this entire middle support that's on the top of the bumper. On both sides of this bumper, there is a screw with a rubber cap around it and a bunch of these push pins. This larger one here attaches to the headlamp assembly. It's actually broken on our vehicle, so it needs to be pushed out so the bumper can come apart. I'm going to leave this one in here because it's already broken. We're going to remove this, and then the other side I will push this pin out.

I'm using a Phillips head screwdriver. That feels pretty rusty, I'm going to use some rust penetrant in there. See how the top of this bumper's now loose, so it's come off of this middle bracket. It should be pinned into here on the headlight, but this part of the headlight is actually broken off. You need to push this pin out. It's going to be pretty difficult where it's like a flush mounted pin, so I'm going to take a plastic prying tool that you can get from I'm going to push it in here. I'll try to pry up on that. It'll work, it might not work. I might just take a very small flat-headed screwdriver, and go up in here. That actually did the trick. So that will be loosen from the headlight assembly. I need to remove this screw. With all the fastener removed, the bumper should unclip from the body.

You have to give it a bit of a pull to pull off of this bracket. It snaps down to here. It's going to actually sit on top of those metal brackets on the top of the bumper, so that's okay. I'm going to do the same on this side. Just got to put your hands underneath. Get a firm tug. With it loose, you can lift the whole bumper off.

To remove the upper grille, remove the small Phillips head on this side and a small Phillips head on this side. Start by removing those. There are some push tabs all around the edge of the grille. Up here, here, here, and a couple of them are broken off. Let's start over here. Push them in. Trying to get these upper ones started. They've got a bit of flex to them. These ones over here. I was bending them up, then push them out.

Take a flat bladed screwdriver. Sort of bend the tabs out a little bit and push. Push it out with your fingers. That one's loose. Just go right down the line. They start to get easier as they come out. Got these lower ones, so it's just these two up top here. That one's loose. The grille will come out.

Now to reinstall the grille, got to line it up in the opening. Just kind of reach through with your fingers. Start to pull it in. It'll start to snap in. The top one's lined up here. It's all snapped into place. Reinstall the Phillips head screws. Grille is installed.

I'll reinstall the bumper. We'll hang it on the top brackets. This is why we put tape, so as we're moving around we don't scratch anything. This can be pushed back into the bracket now. Same for the other side. Install the push clips into headlamp.

Then these bumpers have bolts in them, Phillips head screw. Install the bolt on top of the bumper. I'm going to reinstall these plastic locks. They went in this way, and then turned. Install the self-tapping screw that's up here behind the fender liner. Reinstall the locking clip. Reinstall the self-tapping screw behind the fender liner. Reinstall the splash shield.

Slide up into the bumper. Reinstall the other half. This piece went up into here. Just reinstall whatever hardware that's original to the vehicle that you took out here. Peel off all the tape that you're using to protect the body work.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Rust Penetrant
  • Painter's Tape

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 12mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

2007 - 2009  Toyota  Camry
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