How to Remove a Rear Bumper

by Justin Obrien

Car accidents can leave your car damaged and unsightly. The most typical accident is a bumper to bumper collision. Most bumpers on vehicles today are made out of plastic and they crack and break easily. It takes about as much work and the same cost to repair a bumper as it does to install a new bumper. Removing a rear bumper is simple with the correct tools and techniques.

Open the trunk of your vehicle. Unscrew all the screws on the inside plastic trim that covers your bumper to trunk connection.

Pry the plastic piece out with a flathead screwdriver. You will expose the bolts that attach the rear bumper to the trunk.

Unscrew the bolts connecting to the inside of your rear bumper. There should be four bolts.

Unscrew the two to four screws connecting to your bumper from the inside of the rear wheel tire wells. These screws are on the area of the tire well that is closet to the bumper.

Slide under the rear of your car. Use a flathead screwdriver to pop the plastic rivets out of place along the underside of the rear bumper. There should be four to six rivets.

Squat behind your car and firmly pull the bumper off. There will popping plastic sounds, this is the pop-in-place plastic rivets that are the last pieces that hold your rear bumper in place.

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