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How to Replace a Bumper Bracket or Side Support

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Note: This is a general guide for all vehicles.

Parts
  • Bumper Bracket
Tools
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • 1 more tool
Difficulty

Moderate

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Steps

This guide requires the following supplies:
  • Drill Bits

Safety Tip:
Always wear safety glasses when working on your vehicle. Wear other personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary, for example latex gloves or closed toe shoes.

1
Remove the bumper cover from the vehicle. Use a door trim panel tool to loosen and remove all the clips/screws that are holding the bumper cover to the vehicle. The clips/screws are located on the end of the bumper cover in the wheelwell and along the top and bottom throughout the cover.
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2
Disconnect any wires or connectors such as fog lights from the bumper.
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3
If there is no damage to the bumper cover set it aside in a safe location.
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4
Locate the bumper brackets on the right and left side of the vehicle below the fender.
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5
Unbolt the bumper brackets from the vehicle. There are usually two bolts that hold the bumper brackets on.
6
Inspect the area around and underneath the bumper bracket location for any damage that may prevent the new brackets from being installed.
7
Install the new bumper brackets with new bolts.
8
Hang the bumper cover on the bumper brackets.
9
Secure the bumper cover in the bumper bracket by sliding it back and forth.
10
Re-install the clips/screws starting on one end and working around to the other.
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