How to Replace the Bumper on a Toyota Tundraby Melissa Kelly
If you have been in an accident or recently scratched your Toyota Tundra's bumper, you may find that it is time to replace it. Fortunately, bumper replacement is a relatively simple task that does not require a lot of specialty tools. You can purchase front and rear bumpers from aftermarket parts dealers, a Toyota dealership or a salvage yard and install it at home within a few hours.
Disable the airbag, or supplemental restraint system, before working near the airbag sensors on your bumper. Point the wheels straight ahead and turn the ignition key to the "Lock" position. Disconnect the negative battery from the terminal and wait at least two minutes for the back-up power supply to be depleted.
Apply the parking brake and lift the vehicle up on jack stands.
Remove the fog light bulbs by disconnecting the electrical connector from the back of the holder and rotating the bulb counter-clockwise to remove it from the housing.
Remove the bumper arm-to-body bolts from each side of the bumper. If you wish to remove the entire set up from the frame, remove the bolts attaching the brackets to the frame rails. Pull the bumper away from the vehicle and set aside.
Hold the new bumper in place and begin to replace the arm-to-body bolts on each side of the bumper. Partially tighten all bolts first and then go back to each bolt and fully tighten. Confirm the bumper is properly aligned and securely attached to the brackets.
Reconnect the fog light bulbs and insert into the electrical connector back into the housing.
Enable the air bag system and reconnect the battery cables. Lower the vehicle from the jack stands and disengage the parking brake.
- It is best to use a partner to hold the bumper in place during installation. However, if help is not available, ensure that you rest the end of your new bumper on padding to prevent scratching during installation.
Items you will need
- Jack stands
- Socket wrench
- Replacement bumper
- "Toyota Tundra: 2000-2002 (Chilton's Repair Manual)"; Mike Stubblefield; 2002
- iAuto Body Parts: Bumper Removal and Installation
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