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How to Install an Aftermarket Grille on a 2003 - 2006 Cadillac CTS

Updated on October 11, 2013

Recommended Installation Tools

1. Recommended Installation Tools
1. Recommended Installation Tools

Recommended Installation Tools

As with any automotive accessory installation you will always want to be sure to have the correct protective gear and equipment. Please wear goggles or other eye protection while installing any aftermarket parts as well as using heavy duty work gloves where appropriate.

After you have secured the necessary work wear you will need only two tools to successfully install your aftermarket grille on your 2003-2007 Cadillac CTS. They are listed as follows:

  1. One Phillips Head Screwdriver
  2. One Trim Pad Remover

In addition to these tools you will want to prepare the work area. It is recommended to spread out a tarp or mat on the floor adjacent to the front of the vehicle to use as a staging area for your removal and installation. This is to prevent damage or scuffing to the delicate finish of the OEM or replacement grilles.

2003-2007 Cadillac CTS Aftermarket Grille Installation

2003-2007 Cadillac CTS Honeycomb Mesh Grille

The video to the right shows the complete installation of the 2003-2007 Cadillac CTS aftermarket grille. Although the specific grille shown in the the video is a Spec-D Tuning Honeycomb Mesh Grille the procedure shown will work with any replacement grille on the market.

1. Open the hood of your 2003 through 2006 Cadillac CTS

Yes, this may seem like a trivial detail but what guide to installing aftermarket headlights on your CTS would be complete without this step.

2. Remove Rubber Guard

After you have opened the trunk you next need to locate the rubber guard which lays over the front area of where the grille attaches. This rubber guard is not tacked down so it may be easily removed without much effort.


3. Remove the Plastic Clips

After having removed the rubber guard proceed to locate the sx (6) plastic clips holding the grill to the vehicle. Use the trim pad removal tool for this. Be sure to have a plastic cup or receptacle in which to place the clips as you remove them as they can break easily or be lost.

4. Remove Nine Phillips' Head Screws

Remove 9 Screws with Phillips Screwdriver
Remove 9 Screws with Phillips Screwdriver

Using a Phillips' head screwdriver locate and remove the nine screws that attach the grille to the front bumper. Be sure to use a cup or box to store them after removal so that you can quickly locate them during the installation of the aftermarket grille.

5. Remove the Stock Grille

Remove Factory Grille
Remove Factory Grille

Once you have removed all nine screws you can lift out the stock grille. Gently rock the grille from side to side as you lift it out. Carefully place it on the sheet or mat to avoid damaging it.

6. Put Aftermarket Grille in Place

Insert Aftermarket Grille
Insert Aftermarket Grille

After having removed the OEM grille, replace it with the new grille. Be sure that once it has been seated that all of the holes align so it can be secured in place by the screws which attach it to the vehicle.

7. Replace and Tighten Nine Screws

Replace NIne Screws
Replace NIne Screws

8. Replace Six Plastic Clips

Clip Grille to Vehicle
Clip Grille to Vehicle

Find and replace the six plastic clips you removed earlier. These clips hold the grille down and prevent it from shaking and clattering when vehicle is in motion.

9. Replace Rubber Guard

Replace Rubber Guard
Replace Rubber Guard

Replace the rubber guard over the area where the grille attaches to the vehicle.

11. Close the Hood

Close the Hood
Close the Hood

11. Close the Hood

Close the hood. You are now the proud owner of a customized 200-2007 Cadillac CTS and the best part is, you did it yourself!

© 2013 rvinyl

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