Originally Posted by jwikoff99
Good info. Sidenote, there'* those braces I was talking about making my grill crack. They are sticking up from the SE grill.
Yeah, I saw those... but I don't think those are the source of the problem; they're really just flexy plasticky things, IIRC. In fact I think mine cracked again after the repair before I'd even put the support braces back in...
I think the problem is that the upper half of the grille is screwed to the underside of the hood lip in three places: left, right and center, along with a snap-in locating pin near the center bolt. The center of the grille is just a little higher than it should be, or else its outer bolt mounting ears are a little lower than they should be, so when the outer corners are bolted up to the hood, they're pulled upwards slightly when the bolts are seated. That stress eventually cracks the grille at its outer, lower corners, just below the mounting bolts.
If I ever manage to track down an accurate part number for a '93 SSEi grille in white (or find a decent used one), I'm going to shim the two outer bolts with a small washer between the grille and hood, so the lower half of the grille isn't stretched upwards as much when the bolts are tightened.