When you want to upgrade your grille, you have to remove the old one first. If you own a 3rd generation Chevy Silverado, you may benefit from one of the tutorials we’ve outlined below. We have a set of steps on removing the grille on the following Silverados:
NOTE: Both third and fourth generation Silverados were produced in the 2019 model year, and their production actually overlapped. So if you have a fourth gen Silverado, this tutorial is not for you.
NOTE: If you own a 2015-2019 GMC Sierra, you may want to find a model-specific tutorial elsewhere. Even though Sierras and Silverados are designed very similarly, the grille removal processes are too different from each other to cover in one tutorial.
Follow these simple steps to remove the grille on your 2014-2015 Chevy Silverado 1500. If you have a 2016-2019 third gen Silverado, skip down to next section.
When you open the hood, you’ll see a big plastic piece near the front of the hood. That’s the upper radiator shield. With a pin removal tool or a slotted screwdriver, carefully remove the 12 plastic push pins. Next, pull the upper radiator shield off.
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With a 3/8 impact gun or a socket wrench, remove the four 10 mm bolts located right above the grille. These bolts attach the grille to the radiator support beam. You will have to go under the truck to get at the four 10mm bolts that attach the lower part of the grille. Two of them are somewhat hidden.
This truck has a thin flexible trim strip attached to the bottom of the grille. It will stay attached to the grille when you remove it. There are 2 7mm bolts at each end of the trim piece to remove. You will find them at the bottom edge of the fender well. After you remove these four bolts, there are still some clips to deal with. Pull each end of the trim piece outward and forward to release the trim clips.
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Lift the grille up slightly, and pull the grille forward. Do not use a pry bar. The safest way to do it is with your hands. The grille will come right off.
The grille on a 2016-2019 Silverado is different than the 2014-2015 trucks. The key differences are:
Here are the steps to remove a grille from a 2016-2019 Silverado 1500:
(This is same as the 2014-2015 truck.)
There are only four 10 mm bolts to remove from the top of the grille. The are easily accessible.
There are three guide clips to release before you can remove the grille. They are located at the top of the grill, near the four bolts. They will reset themselves unless you leave your pry tool in place, so you need three pry tools. Once you locate the guide clips, use a pry tool to release the clips from the rear.
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Once the three clips are released, use your hands and grab the bottom of the grille. Pull it firmly forward.
Removing the 2015-2019 Chevy Silverado HD 2500/3500 grille is much simpler than it is for the 1500. Here’s how you can remove the grille from this truck:
When you open the hood, you’ll see a big plastic piece near the front of the hood. That’s the upper radiator shield. With a pin removal tool, carefully remove the 12 plastic push pins. Next, pull the upper radiator shield off.
With a 3/8 impact gun, remove the 10 mm bolts located right above the grille. These bolts are attached to the radiator support beam, and removing them will loosen up the grille and make it easier to remove.
There may be two bolts inside the grille. Remove them, too.
With your hands, pull the grille off. Never use a pry bar.