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Cadillac CTS Grilles

Although the front grille is the first thing that people think of when they think of the Cadillac CTS, they may be surprised to find that this part has a major function. The different grilles provide protection for the Cadillac's engine and transmission. While the Cadillac CTS grilles are sturdy and durable, there may be instances where you may find that your CTS needs a replacement.

What types of grilles are there?

There are three main types of replacement grilles for the Cadillac CTS. They include:

  • Billet - These grilles have thick strips of plastic or metal tubing that are placed parallel to each other. There are several different styles of billet grilles available for the CTS. This includes bars that are placed horizontally, vertically, or in a slanted fashion.
  • Mesh - These grilles have thin strips of plastic or metal tubing that have been woven into a pattern. They also may be made by punching patterns into a sheet of metal. There are a wide variety of patterns that can give the Cadillac CTS a unique look or style.
  • Custom - These grilles for Cadillacs are made by machinists who manually design and construct the part. Frequently called CNC grilles, those who want a custom part for their Cadillac will need to find a place that specializes in making these custom parts.
What materials can car grilles be made of?

Grilles for your Cadillac can be made from a number of different materials depending on your wants and needs. Common materials to make this part include:

  • ABS plastic - This material is used to make mass-market auto parts as it is lightweight and durable. It can be painted to match the exterior of your CTS.
  • Aluminum - This malleable material is lightweight and resistant to corrosion. It can be chromed to give your CTS a luxurious appearance.
  • Stainless steel - This material is heavy, but it provides the most protection for your Cadillac's engine and transmission. It is stain and corrosion resistant, meaning it will keep its gleam for years if not decades.
Where are grilles located on a CTS?

There are several places you may find grilles on a Cadillac. These locations include:

  • Radiator - These are the grilles that are installed on the front of the Cadillac. They allow air to move through the engine and transmission components while still providing protection from damage against road debris.
  • Fender - These grilles are installed near the wheel well to provide ventilation to the brakes. They are usually located right behind the front tires.
  • Bumper - These allow additional airflow to the engine. If your Cadillac did not come with a bumper grille, you can have one installed after-the-fact.