How to Remove the Front Bumper on Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

The Chevrolet car is a series of Suburban sport utility vehicles. The Chevrolet car model Chevrolet car got an improved interior with better-quality furnishings. Known for size and safety, the Chevrolet car series Suburban's bumper is designed to minimize the damage from a car collision. The bumper can be damaged from a collision with a car or another object, but, fortunately, removing it is a straightforward process. So long as you have a friend help you move the bumper and have the right tools to get it off the Suburban, you can remove your bumper in less than an hour.

Under The Hood:

 How to Remove the Front Bumper on a Dodge Charger

Park the Dodge Charger in a well-lit work area. Open the hood and locate the plastic coverings over the radiator. Remove the top plastic shield that covers the front bumper's clips and screws.

Remove the two end fasteners with the screwdriver. Locate screws and body clips that are securing the bumper in place. Remove all of the screws with a screwdriver from top middle to bottom middle. There are approximately 12 screws and four clips securing the bumper to the Charger's frame. The bumper is fastened to the Charger under a wheel well. Remove the wheel well cover with the screwdriver and ratchet set, then remove the screw connecting the bumper to the frame with the screwdriver.

Pull the bumper panels away from the body panels of the front fender. Most body panels overlap to position the pieces together. Pull all the bumper's panel edges from under the body parts.

The clips are held together with clipping on the the side. Push the clips tabs in from the side and pull the bumper away from the clip. Disconnect the turn signal wiring that are included in the bumper package. Reinstall wiring on the bumper to maintain all safety equipment.

Pull the bumper away from the Charger once the screws and clips are released. Make sure that all of the panels are released from the Charger's frame. Pull the bumper away from the car.

Items you will need

  • Screwdriver

  • Ratchet set

 How to Remove the Front Bumper on a Dodge Pickup

Disconnect the electrical wiring for the fog lights by hand before you attempt to remove the bumper.

Locate the mounting bolts behind the front bumper on the truck frame that hold it in place. There will be four bolts on each end.

Unfasten the mounting bolts of the front bumper with a socket wrench. Support the bumper, or have someone there to help when the bumper comes loose.

Remove the bumper from the truck by hand, and set it out of the way.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench set

 How to Remove the Front Bumper From a 2006 GMC Sierra Truck

Removal

Lift the vehicle hood. Remove the plastic pushpin retainers from the upper grille cover by prying the center pins up with a flat-tip screwdriver and pulling the pushpin assembly from the cover. There will be four that attach it to the grille and three that attach it to the core support. Remove the upper grille cover.

Turn the two plastic Phillips-head screw retainers in the upper corners of the grille one-quarter turn. Remove the bolt attaching the grille to the hood latch support with the socket and ratchet. Push in on the retainer clips at the fender and grille mating area with a flat-tip screwdriver while gently pulling on the ends of the grille to remove it from the vehicle.

Disconnect the wiring harness from both of the fog lamps if the truck is so equipped. Remove the bolts connecting the bumper to the support braces underneath the vehicle, using the socket and ratchet; this brace connection is about five inches from the bend at each end of the bumper.

Remove the four bolts at the top of the bumper -- two by each headlight -- with the socket and ratchet. Firmly grab the bumper and pull it straight off the truck, placing it on the blanket for protection if it is not being replaced.

Installation

Set the bumper onto the truck and hand-thread the four upper mounting bolts. Lie down under the vehicle and hand-tighten the two brace bolts. Tighten the upper mounting bolts to 63 foot-pounds of torque with the torque wrench. Tighten the brace bolts to 41 foot-pounds with the torque wrench.

Plug the wiring harness into the fog lights, if equipped.

Position the grille and push on the ends of the grille so that the retainers clip into their mounting holes on each fender. Turn the plastic Phillips-head retainers clockwise one-quarter turn.

Install the bolt connecting the grille to the hood latch support and tighten to 71 inch-pounds with the torque wrench.

Set the upper grille cover into place. Set each of the plastic retainers into their respective holes through the cover and into the grille and core support. Push in on the center pin until it sits flush with the base of the plastic pushpin retainer. Shut the vehicle hood.

Items you will need

  • Screwdriver set

  • Socket and ratchet set

  • Blanket

  • Torque wrench

 How to Remove the Front Bumper From a 2003 Chevy 1500

Instructions

Turn off the truck and pop the hood.

Detach the front grille above the bumper by popping off the three clips retaining the grille to the vehicle. Two clips are on either end of the grille and one is in the center. Pop off the clips by pressing them in with the head of the flat-head screwdriver and pulling.

Unscrew the three screws on top of the bumper previously covered by the grille using the Phillips-head screwdriver. Remove two screws on either end of the top part of the bumper and the last one in the center.

Kneel to the ground in front of the bumper on the passenger's side and unscrew the hidden screw that sticks out vertically. Do the same on the driver's side.

Kneel next to the passenger's side wheel and unscrew the three screws in the wheel well. These screws are in front of the wheel and attach the bumper to the chassis. Repeat this process for the driver's side wheel well.

Pull the bumper straight off the vehicle and place it gently on a blanket so that it does not get scratched.

Items you will need

  • Large flat-head screwdriver

  • Phillips-head screwdriver

  • Blanket

 How to Remove the Front Bumper on a Chevrolet Avalanche

Remove the 10 screws (five on each side) from the front bumper at the leading edge of the front fender with a Phillips screwdriver.

Remove the two bracket bolts that hold the bumper to the center of the radiator shroud from underneath the front of the truck with an adjustable wrench.

Remove the four bumper bracket bolts (two on each side) that attach the bumper to the radiator core support mounting pads from underneath the front of the truck with an adjustable wrench.

Release the fog lamp wiring harness from the bumper brackets on each side by squeezing the tabs on the holding clips (two on each side) until they release. Remove the wiring harness connectors from the fog lamps (one on each side) by twisting them out in a counterclockwise direction. Push the fog lamp wiring harnesses out of the way of the bumper and bumper brackets.

Pull the bumper out at the leading edge of the front fender well to reveal two clips. Pry the clips out with a flat-blade screw driver. Repeat this step for the other side.

Face the front of the truck and remove the bumper by pushing down on the upper edge of the bumper to release the 14 clips to separate it from the grille. Use care, because the bumper is in one piece and may be heavy. Use a helper to lower the bumper from the truck if necessary.

Items you will need

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Adjustable wrench

  • Flat-blade screwdriver

 How to Remove the Front Bumper on a Chevy Blazer

Park the Chevy Blazer on a flat surface and set the parking brake.

Slide under the front end of the Chevy Blazer and locate the bolts securing the front bumper to the frame. There are 2 bolts on the left and 2 bolts on the right, one on top of the other.

Remove the lower bolts from the right and left sides of the front bumper. Have your helper hold the front bumper tightly so that when you remove the next set of bolts the front bumper won't fall on you.

Remove the upper bolt on the right and left side of the bumper. With your helper, pull the front bumper off of the frame and set it down on a clean surface.

Items you will need

  • Ratchet set

  • Helper

 How to Remove the Front Bumper on a Honda Odyssey

Remove the two bolts underneath the ends of the front bumper with a socket wrench.

Unfasten the six clips underneath the front bumper along the center with a screwdriver.

Remove the two clips on the top of the front bumper next to the radiator, using a screwdriver.

Unfasten the screw that secures the front bumper to each fenderwell, using a screwdriver. The fenderwells are the void areas where the front tires sit in the vehicle frame.

Lift the front bumper off the frame of the Honda Odyssey and set it out of the way.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench set

  • Screwdriver

 How to Remove the Front Bumper on a Celica

Raise the Celica on jack stands. Jack up the front of the Celica using the jack point behind the radiator. Place jack stands under the front pinch welds and lower the vehicle onto the jack stands.

Remove the plastic screws in the wheel well that hold the wheel liner to the bumper.

Remove the screw bolts under the front of the bumper that hold the bumper to the bumper support.

Slide the bumper off the bumper support.

Items you will need

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Socket wrench

  • Socket set

  • Philips screwdriver

 How to Remove a Front Bumper From a Ford Windstar

Turn the ignition to off. Chock the wheels and set the parking brake for safety's sake. Prop open the hood and use an adjustable wrench to loosen and remove each connection leading to the battery, again for safety's sake, as this will deactivate the airbag sensors and prevent deployment.

Slide the jack under the center point of the front axle and elevate the Windstar's front end until the front wheels are about two inches from the ground. Lie on the ground on your back, underneath the frontend, and use a Phillips head screwdriver to remove each screw on the bumper's underside.

Remove each sidelight by unscrewing the attached nuts with an appropriately sized socket wrench (the size may vary according to what model year you own). Unscrew each recessed screw on either side of the bumper and pull firmly outward to dislodge the bumper. Once it's loose, locate the headlight wires and unplug each one to free the bumper from the front end.

Items you will need

  • Wheel chocks

  • Adjustable wrench

  • Phillips head screwdriver

  • Socket wrench

 How to Remove the Front Bumper of a Jeep Grand Cherokee

Open the hood. Remove the three screws that attach the top of the grille to the radiator support with a Philips screwdriver in a counterclockwise direction. Remove the three snap fasteners that attach the lower part of the grill to the front bumper by prying them out with a flat blade screwdriver. Pull the grill from its mounting and place it, the screws, and fasteners aside.

Remove the three snap fasteners from the bottom edge of the front bumper by prying them out with a flat blade screwdriver. Place the fasteners aside.

Remove three snap fasteners from the leading edge of each wheel lip opening with a flat-blade screwdriver. Place the fasteners aside.

Unhook the mounting holes in the top of the bumper from the hooks under each front turn signal and in front of each front wheel. Use a helper if necessary and lower the bumper assembly from the vehicle.

Items you will need

  • Philips screwdriver

  • Flat-blade screwdriver

 How to Remove the Front Bumper on a 325 BMW

Insert a flat head screwdriver in the slots on both sides of one of the signal light lenses on the 325 BMW front bumper and gently pry the cover off the bumper. Detach the wiring plug from the back of the lens and set the plug inside the bumper frame. Repeat the process for the remaining three signal light lenses on the front bumper.

Unfasten the four mounting bolts on the front bumper with a Torx bit and socket wrench. The four bolts are visible from underneath the front bumper with two bolts along the front and one on each side of the bumper.

Slide the front bumper straight out from the vehicle frame and verify that all electrical wiring is free of the bumper. Remove the front bumper from the 325 BMW and set it out of the way.

Items you will need

  • Flat head screwdriver

  • Torx bit

  • Socket wrench set

 How to Remove a Front Bumper on a Mercedes

Jack the car up high enough to get it off of the ground. The front end should be high enough that you can work on the front bumper without allowing it scratching the ground.

Remove the two plastic panels under the engine compartment. Using the ratchet, remove all of the screws from the two plastic panels.

Disconnect the marker bulb sockets on each side of the car. Disconnect the fog-light cable connector on each side of the car.

Pull the temperature sensor out of the bumper. Using the ratchet, remove the two screws securing the plastic wheel-well shield.

Remove the radiator guard with a Phillips screwdriver. Pull the guard up then out toward you.

Remove the two 6mm bolts that attach the bumper to the front corner of the fender. Remove the two 6mm nuts that attach the bumper to the frame in the front of the car.

Remove the four 6mm bolts securing the grill. Gently remove the bumper from the front of the car.

Items you will need

  • Ratchet set

  • Jack stands

  • Phillips screwdriver

 How to Remove the Front Bumper of a Mitsubishi Outlander

Locate the small black plastic clips on the lower portion of the front bumper. These clips look like circles and are on the bottom lip of the bumper with one on each end and one in the center. Use a flat screwdriver to pry the clips up and out of the bumper. Under the circle shape, the clip looks like a plastic screw but pops out once pried up. Pull the lip off of the bumper.

Get underneath the front bumper of the Outlander and remove the clips from each side of the bottom lip. There is a smaller peice of the lip on each side of the bumper with two clips in each one. Remove these with the flat screwdriver and pull them off.

Look on each end of the front bumper at the very corner where the bumper meets the front fender and find a 12 mm bolt. Use the ratchet and a 12 mm socket to remove these bolts.

Lie down underneath the front bumper and look up at the top of the backside of the bumper where it meets the vehicle. There is a row of small, black plastic clips along the top edge. Remove all of these clips.

Use a 10 mm socket and a ratchet to remove the two bolts in the license plat holder. Pull the bumper off of the Outlander. The fog lights stay in place on the vehicle.

Items you will need

  • Flat screwdriver

  • Ratchet

  • Socket set

 How to Remove the Front Bumper of an Audi S4

Place a wood block behind a rear wheel of the Audi S4 and raise the front end of the vehicle with a floor jack.

Position jack stands under the front axle to support the vehicle and lower the car until the axle comes to rest on the jack stands.

Remove the floor jack and use a lug wrench to undo the lugs on the front wheels.

Take the front tires off the vehicle and set the tires and lug nuts in a safe place.

Unfasten the screws that hold the underbelly tray in place with a screwdriver and remove the tray from under the car.

Undo the screws that hold the wheel well liners in place with a screwdriver on both sides and remove the liners.

Detach the fog light grill. Pull it straight out by hand until you see the metal clips and push down on the clips with a screwdriver until the grill is completely loose.

Locate the long bumper retaining bolt on the bottom of the bumper, inside of the spot where the fog light grill sat.

Remove the bumper retaining bolt with a socket wrench and detach the weather stripping on the front of the car by hand, setting it aside.

Pull down on the front of the bumper by hand while pushing up on the back end and sliding the bumper forward to dislodge it from the frame.

Unfasten the clips on both sides that hold the bumper in place with a screwdriver. Slide the bumper forward until it is completely free of the vehicle frame.

Place a plastic bucket under the bumper and detach the washer fluid hose from the bumper, allowing the fluid to drain into the bucket.

Unhook the electrical connectors from the fog lights on the bumper and remove the bumper from the Audi S4.

Items you will need

  • Wood block

  • Floor jack

  • Jack stands

  • Lug wrench

  • Screwdriver

  • Socket wrench set

  • Plastic bucket

 How to Remove the Front Bumper of an Audi TT

Park the Audi TT on a level surface and set the parking brake. Place a wood block behind the rear tire to prevent the vehicle from rolling.

Lift up the front end of the vehicle with a floor jack and place two jack stands, one next to each front tire under the front axle. Lower the vehicle so it is resting on the jack stands.

Disconnect the cover on the top of the water bottle near the front of the engine compartment by hand. Detach the battery cover on the driver's side of the engine compartment near the front, removing the plastic pegs with a flat-head screwdriver.

Take the plastic cover off the front of the vehicle by hand and locate the six Torx bolts on the front bumper. Disconnect the Torx bolts with a Torx bit and socket wrench.

Unfasten the two screws underneath the front bumper with a Phillips screwdriver. Detach the two bolts---one on each side---in front of the tires in the wheel wells with a socket wrench.

Pull the bumper down carefully and locate the Torx screws inside the ends of the bumper. Remove the Torx screws with a Torx screwdriver and lift the front bumper off the Audi TT, setting it aside.

Items you will need

  • Wood block

  • Floor jack

  • 2 Jack stands

  • Flat-head screwdriver

  • Torx bit

  • Socket wrench set

  • Phillips head screwdriver

  • Torx screwdriver

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