How to Remove a Sierra Rear Bumperby Kyle Sanstrom
The rear bumper on a GMC Sierra truck is designed to protect the vehicle in the event of a collision. When a collision occurs, the bumper crumples inward, absorbing some of the impact from the crash. This bumper also contains a place to mount the rear license plate and a light to illuminate the plate in low-light and nighttime conditions. When this bumper is damaged, it cannot effectively absorb the impact from a collision and must be replaced. Replacement bumpers are available from certified GMC dealerships and automotive salvage yards.
Place the truck's transmission in park -- or first gear if it's a manual transmission -- and shut down the engine. Set the parking brake, and chock the rear wheels.
Crawl underneath the rear of the truck, and disconnect the license plate light electrical connectors from the bumper.
Remove the steel bolts that hold the bumper to the frame using a 1/2-inch ratchet connected to a metric socket.
Pull the bumper off of the truck.
- "Haynes Repair Manual: Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra: 1999 thru 2006"; John Haynes and Jay Storer; 2007
- "Haynes Repair Manual: Chevrolet & GMC Pick-Ups: 1987 thru 1999"; John Haynes; 2003
Things You'll Need
- Wheel chocks
- 1/2-inch ratchet
- 1/2-inch metric socket set
Kyle Sanstrom has been writing professionally since 2008. His articles have been published on several websites including eHow and Automobile Insight. Sanstrom has undergone advanced automotive training at the Dunwoody College of Technology, holds an Associate of Arts in general studies from Century College and has more than 10 years of experience in all aspects of automotive repair and diagnosis.