Removing a Car Bumper

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					Automobile manufacturers design and build vehicles in an efficiently way. While
some vehicles cost more according to the craftsmanship included by the manufacturer
but every model has a specific instruction for removal and replacement of major parts
which includes body parts. The front bumper which is to be removed from the car
only needs a few screws and body clips to be removed. The bumper can be removed
by working from one side to the other and within a few minutes you are ready for
installation. Follow the simple directions.

Tools Needed
- Screwdriver Ratchet Sockets Pliers Assistant

Step 1:
First of all, the vehicle must be parked in a properly lit working area. Open and raise
the car's bonnet and inspect the plastic protective coverings on top of the radiator. For
accessing the front bumper, the top protective plastic shield covering the bumper's
clips and screws at the vehicle's front have to be removed. Put aside the plastic shield
and screws for reinstalling later when the bumper is removed.

Step 2:
Start working from the middle of the bumper and move to the two end fasteners. Look
for the body clips and screws that secure the bumper in place. Use a socket or a
screwdriver to loosen and remove the screws all over the bumper from top center to
the bottom center. There are roughly 4 clips and 12 screws that hold the bumper in
place. Cars and trucks of other models may have four bolts fastening the bumper to
the vehicle's frame. By removing the bolts and screws, the bumper will be pretty
easily removed when finished. When the bumper is fastened well under the wheel but
the screw is covered, then the overlapping wheel well cover would have to be
removed and then remove the screw.

Step 3:
The next step is to release the bumper body panels from the rest of the front fender's
body panels and around the head lights. Much of the body parts fit together or overlap
for positioning the pieces together. The panel edges of the bumper have to be pulled
softly from under and behind the other body parts. The only thing that is holding the
bumper now are the factory manufactured body clips.

Step 4:
Take help from an assistant who is supposed to hold one side of the bumper while you
work on the other. Gravity or clipping from the side holds the clips together in place.
The clips that are held together with gravity call be pulled for separating. For taking
off the clips that have tabs pushed in from the side, pull the bumper away from the
clip. For opening the side-type clips, all the gravity-locked clips must be separated
first. All the turn signal wiring that may be included in the bumper package have to be
unclipped. Wiring has to be reinstalled on the replacement bumper for maintaining all
of the safety equipment required for vehicle registration.

Step 5:
When all the clips and screws have been released, pull the bumper away from the car.
In case, one section of the bumper does not come apart, then it means that the two
body panels are still locked or it is possible that one of the screws that secure the
bumper to the car might be missed. Unclasp a body clip or remove the last pesky
screw to recheck and correct the problem.

Tips & Precautions
- As the task is to separate the bumper from the other body panels, take a cloth and
insert it in between panels for preventing scratches from the loosened bumper.
- The front bumper clips that attach to the stock bumper or replacement body kit
should not be removed or loosened. These clips are for aftermarket body panels and it
they are lost, they would have to be replaced for installing a new front body kit or
You might want to learn how to remove a bumper and also how to maintain your car.

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