Toyota Bumper Removal Proceduresby Ben LeDoux
Removing Toyota bumpers is an easy process that takes patience and a small bit of know-how around auto repair. A trained mechanic can do this in about five minutes but it may take a little more time for a beginner. With that said, the following is how to remove a bumper on a Toyota Corolla, the main platform model for Toyota, but is not a far cry from the removal instructions for Camrys, Celicas and other similar models.
You will need a 4-mm slot screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, 10-mm socket and quarter-inch drive, 10-mm deep socket and a 6-inch quarter-inch drive extension. Start by removing the spare tire out of the back by simply picking it up (with the jack) and taking it out. Get out your tools, as you will use your screwdriver to remove the three clips on your rear floor finish. Use it to also pry out the rear floor finish itself. Remove the compartment trim cover; both sides have four clips each. Using your screwdriver, pry off all eight clips and then lift the luggage compartment trim cover off and out of the vehicle. Start by removing both the left and right side bumper seals. Once off, you will now have access to the four nuts that can be removed with the ten-mm deep socket. Inside the bumper cover itself will be two screws that will require your Phillips screwdriver. There will also be six extra clips at the bottom of the bumper cover holding it on that can be taken off with your screwdriver and, lastly, you will disengage the last two hooks that require nothing more than lifting up the bumper and pulling them off. Now your bumper is ready to be pulled off.
Variations of bumpers
While the bumpers will vary from vehicle-to-vehicle, the Toyota manufacturers typically keep the same style of removal universal. The clips and screws may be in different areas but the removal instructions should work for all makes and models of Toyota cars and vans.