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How to Remove a Front Bumper Cover on Vehicles

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

The front bumpers on a Vehicles are secured to the frame of the Vehicles from the center mounting points on the center of the bumper. In the center of the bumper are two arms that connect the ends of metal frame to the bumper; the bumper is mounted to the frame by four bolts on each arm. You will have enough space between the ground and the frame of the Vehicles so you will not need to raise the Vehicles off of the ground to gain access to the bolts.

Under The Hood:

 How to Remove a Front Bumper Cover on a Honda Ridgeline

Open the hood of the Ridgeline and locate the clips along the top of the front of the truck where the hood latch is located. There are seven black plastic clips that can be popped out with a flat head screwdriver. Use the screwdriver to pop the center up (it doesn't come completely out) and then pull the entire clip out.

Locate the two screws (one on each side of the truck) that are at the front of the fender wells and remove them with a Philips head screw driver. They can be found by looking up from underneath the truck right at the front of the fender wells.

Lie on the ground under the front of the truck (directly under the bumper cover) and use a ratchet and 10mm socket to remove the six bolts along the edge.

Lay the blanket on the ground to place the bumper cover on. Start pulling the bumper cover away from the truck. There are tabs located under the headlights that hold the bumper cover in place. Hold the bumper cover at the outside edge of it and pull firmly--the tabs should pop out.

Place the bumper cover on the blanket so it doesn't get scratched on the ground. The bumper cover is top-heavy and some part of the painted surface will come in contact with the ground.

Items you will need

  • Philips head screw driver

  • Flat head screw driver

  • Ratchet and 10mm socket

  • Blanket

 How to Remove the Front Bumper Cover on a Wrangler JK

Park the Jeep JK on a clean, level surface. Get on your back and slide under the front end of the Jeep. Locate the bolts that connect the bump's arms to the frame, in the center of the bumper on the right and left sides.

Locate the hooks that come through the bumper on each end of the bumper if the Jeep model has them. Locate the bolts securing the hooks to the frame, and remove the securing bolts using the ratchet set. Pull the hooks off the frame and away from the bumper.

Loosen the eight bolts securing the front bumper to the frame of the Jeep, using the ratchet set. Have your assistant hold the front bumper as you completely remove the securing bolts from the bumper. Once the bolts have been removed, pull the bumper away from the frame.

Items you will need

  • Ratchet set

  • Assistant

 How to Remove the Front Bumper Cover of a Trailblazer SS

Loosen the tire nuts securing the tire to the frame of the Trailblazer using the tire tool. Raise the front end of the Trailblazer using the car jack. Lower the trailblazer onto jack stands to keep the front end off of the ground.

Pull the front right and left tire off of the wheel axle. Remove the plastic tabs that are holding the wheel well cover to the frame on the right and left sides by prying the securing tabs off with a screwdriver.

Remove the bolts that are securing the front bumper cover to the frame behind the wheel well on the right and left sides of the Trailblazer using the ratchet set.

Remove the bolts that are securing the front bumper cover to the frame of the Trailblazer inside the engine compartment next to the radiator and engine compartment walls using the ratchet set.

Pull the front bumper cover off of the frame of the Chevrolet Trailblazer.

Items you will need

  • Tire tool

  • Car jack

  • Jack stands

  • Screwdriver

  • Ratchet set

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