GM Cavalier/Sunbird/Skyhawk/Firenza 1982-1994

Grille

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



The following procedure includes removal of the front end panel.

Cavalier
1982-87 MODELS
  1. Open the hood.
  2.  
  3. Remove the headlamp bezel screws (there are usually 2 each).
  4.  
  5. Remove the bolt at each fender-to-front end panel at the upper corner near the headlamp.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the turn signal lamp socket and head lamp wiring.
  8.  
  9. Unfasten the screw at each turn signal housing, then remove the housings.
  10.  
  11. Remove the bolt from the panel-to-radiator support located below the turn signal housing area.
  12.  
  13. Unfasten the nut at the panel to the inner fender.
  14.  
  15. Remove the two nuts attaching the bumper end cap to the panel at each side.
  16.  
  17. Remove the three bolts at the baffles located at the radiator support.
  18.  
  19. Transfer the headlamps and grille.
  20.  
  21. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
  22.  

1988-90 MODELS

See Figure 1

  1. Remove the grille push-in retainers, then remove the grille panel from the vehicle.
  2.  



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Fig. Fig. 1: View of the grille removal and installation - 1988-90 Cavalier

To install:
  1. Position the grille panel to the headlamp and grille mounting panel.
  2.  
  3. Install the push-in retainers in the following sequence:
    1. Top center retainer
    2.  
    3. Both upper outer retainers
    4.  
    5. Both bottom retainers
    6.  

  4.  

1991-94 MODELS
  1. Unfasten the grille retaining screws.
  2.  
  3. Remove the grille panel.
  4.  

To install:
  1. Position the grille panel to the headlamp module assembly.
  2.  
  3. Install the retaining screws and tighten to 13 inch lbs. (2 Nm).
  4.  

Sunbird, Cimarron, Skyhawk, Firenza

See Figures 2, 3, 4 and 5

On these models please refer to the illustrations. Beginning in 1990, the Sunbird has a separate grille similar to that of the Cavalier, refer to those procedures for removal and installation.



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Fig. Fig. 2: Front end panel and grille assembly - Firenza



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Fig. Fig. 3: Radiator grille mounting - 1985 Cimarron



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Fig. Fig. 4: Front grille opening panel - 1990-92 Sunbird, except LE



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Fig. Fig. 5: Front end panel - 1990 Sunbird LE

 
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