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2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, FML Road debris through my grill! Advice needed. in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; Yeah loads of fun here on the commute home! the pictures do not lie. The car in front of me ...
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    FML Road debris through my grill! Advice needed.

    Yeah loads of fun here on the commute home! the pictures do not lie. The car in front of me flung this bar of death up and hammered me pretty good... I was hoping for a straddle, but it bounced too high.

    The tool poked a hole in my A/C condenser(?)/radiator. Any tips on a replacement? Also I need to take the front facia off to repair the lower grill, any how-tos on removal?

    Luckily the radiator and oil cooler look okay so far.











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    The lower valance paint is all messed up as well... Boo!

    ... I know, "that ish will buff out".

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    Re: FML Road debris through my grill! Advice needed.

    you can get the lower grill out with out taking off the bumper but its a pain its a lot easier and safer to just pull the bumper four 10mm bolts and a lot of clips

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    Re: FML Road debris through my grill! Advice needed.

    Take the bumper fascia off. Its a learning experience. After a few times you will be able to do it in 10 minutes. And its fun to drive around with it off.
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    Re: FML Road debris through my grill! Advice needed.

    This weekends weather looks terrible, but I will keep you all posted as this gets fixed.

    The way it looks now, I think I can DIY repair properly. Buff the paint where the "tool" kit the lower valence. Repair or replace the lower mesh insert. And get a new or used A/C condenser and place it in.

    I agree rolling without a valance might get some interesting stares.

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    This would be a comp claim which does not affect premium. Why not file the claim. IIRC the lower grill is over 500 from dealer.

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    Re: FML Road debris through my grill! Advice needed.

    ... Hmmm, let me check into that then. I haven't had a claim in 23 years, so maybe I am due.

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    Re: FML Road debris through my grill! Advice needed.

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    This would be a comp claim which does not affect premium. Why not file the claim. IIRC the lower grill is over 500 from dealer.
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    Re: FML Road debris through my grill! Advice needed.

    Quote Originally Posted by RippyPartsDept View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by JFensty View Post
    This would be a comp claim which does not affect premium. Why not file the claim. IIRC the lower grill is over 500 from dealer.


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    ... Hmmm, let me check into that then. I haven't had a claim in 23 years, so maybe I am due.
    All the more reason to file a claim! This sort of thing is exactly why you've paid your insurance company thousands of dollars over the past 23 years.
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    I'll bet you have $1000 in damage there.

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    I'd file the claim ... I had my bumper replaced if my memory serves me correct it was more than 500 for just the from bumper at the dealer and besides you can have them fix the other damage and check on the radiator

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    Re: FML Road debris through my grill! Advice needed.

    Holy crap!!! That thing could have killed someone through the windshield.
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    Re: FML Road debris through my grill! Advice needed.

    That was my fist thought when I saw that thing! That would have been something terrible if it was flying any higher or bouncing around!

    BDV

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    Re: FML Road debris through my grill! Advice needed.

    Very true! That bar is heavy and would have been nasty if it hit/went through a windshield.

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    Re: FML Road debris through my grill! Advice needed.

    I'd file claim if ya could... but either way..

    Removing front bumper is just something like 8 clips at the top (LEAVE 2 AT THE TOP. ONE ON EACH SIDE), few on the bottom if you still have the under-engine cover (or whatever it technically is called), and 3 in the wheel well. Seperate the wheel well liner, and there's 3 10mm screws and bolts you gotta remove (1 screw, 2 bolts). Use a 10mm deep socket. Probably easiest to get at it by removing side marker. Once you get the bolts loose and the screw out on each side, you push that side forward to disconnect it from the fender. Then you remove the top 2 clips I told you to leave at the beginning, and you take the whole bumper and grill assembly out in 1 shot.

    The radiator is 2 bolts underneath and 2 on top if i'm not mistaken, and you'll probably have to disconnect the fan and move it forward a bit to have some play room. I don't remember if I had to do that with the radiator, but I know I had to with the alt.

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