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What is a header panel and where is it located?

The header panel, also known as the headlight mounting panel, is a frame at the front of your vehicle, above the bumper, that the headlights and grille mount to. This large frame, usually made of sheet metal, fiberglass, or plastic, holds your lights and grille in place. Since it’s hidden behind your grille, you probably don’t think much of it, and frankly you probably won’t have to unless you get into a front end collision.

How do I know if my header panel needs to be replaced?

A fender bender is the primary reason you would want to consider a replacement header panel. Any collision that damages your front end might damage your header panel assembly. That can put your lights and grille out of alignment. You’ll probably want to get your headlights pointing the right direction before you start driving again. So, you’ll have to get a new header panel.  

Can I replace a header panel myself?

Header panel replacement can be time consuming, but it is not complicated. There are several steps that go into replacing a header panel, but none is especially difficult. With a bit of time and effort you should be able to pull off the job. 

You’ll have to remove the grille and any lights that are mounted to the header panel. Depending on your model, you may need to remove the bumper, the battery, the windshield fluid reservoir, or other nearby parts before you can take out the header panel. To remove the header panel itself, remove the series of bolts that hold it in and pull the panel off. Then you can put the new mounting panel in place and bolt it on. Be sure to reinstall the lights, grille, and any other parts you removed. Check that your lights are aligned correctly to make sure the panel was installed correctly.

Need a replacement header panel for your vehicle?

Whether you are looking for a replacement header panel assembly for your classic car or daily driver, you will find what you need at 1A Auto. We carry a large selection of aftermarket header panels for many makes and models, and at great prices. Our replacement mounting panels are just what you need to get your vehicle back in order!

At 1A Auto, we make shopping for a replacement header panel assembly for your car, truck, SUV or van easy—we're here to help you select the right part for your vehicle! Call our customer service toll free at 888-844-3393 if you have any questions about our front header panels, warranty, compatibility or to purchase, or you can buy online.

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