GUIDE TO CHANGING A BUMPER

How to remove your front bumper

When changing your front bumper you will come across many model specific fixings. Here we have created a general guide, which should serve you well in locating, and removing all of the necessary parts.

front-bumper

Safety first

Ensure the car is parked on a level surface, with the handbrake securely applied. It may also be worthwhile to place the car into gear, to ensure it doesn’t roll. Ensure the car has been standing long enough to allow the engine to cool down.

Precautions

Ensure you have a variety of screwdrivers and star bits to hand, as the screws are exposed to the elements, and often start to degrade.

bumper-screws

If there are any plastic clips attaching the bumper, or wheel arch liner, then be sure to apply pressure evenly, as these can snap without much encouragement.

The first step is to identify and remove all of the attached parts. This can include disconnecting the headlights, the front grille, and spotlights (if you have them).

bumper-parts

Once you can clearly see the bumper you can identify all of the screws and plastic clips fixing it to the car.

bumper-removal

On many vehicles there is a fixing or screw on the inside bottom edge of the bumper, which usually fixes it to an engine cover. This can be easily missed as it is in an awkward position to see.

If you turn the wheel to full lock it should provide enough access to allow you to locate any fixings in the wheel arch. You may have to peel back the wheel arch liner in order to see them. Some wheel arch liners are fixed using torx screws, whilst others just use plastic clips.

bumper-fixings

In total there are usually between 6 and 10 fixings depending on the model.

Once you have identified all of the fixings you can begin removing them.

bumper-fixing-removal

Once all fixings are removed most bumpers usually pull away from the vehicle with relative ease, simply by easing it directly outwards or upwards from the front of the car. Be sure to do this at a steady pace in case you have missed any clips or screws.

bumper-removed

Hey presto! One bumperless car.