Many people take the bumper absorber for granted, but this piece of dense Styrofoam or plastic does a great job in protecting your vehicle from low-impact crashes. On top of that, your bumper absorber also allows you to save on bumper repairs by helping to keep the shape of your bumper cover. To avoid unnecessary damage from a minor parking lot incident, make sure to replace your damaged bumper absorber with a new one.
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials
- Screwdriver set
- Wrench and socket set
- Floor jack
- Heavy-duty rivet gun (optional)
Preparing your vehicle
Disconnect any wires that might be connected to the front lights of your vehicle including those for the turn signals and the fog lights. Take out all the components on the front bumper including all the lights, the license plate, and the bumper trim.
Removing the front bumper cover
Place the floor jack beneath the bumper cover to support its weight. This will keep the bumper cover from accidentally falling off and getting damaged. Take out the screws that hold the fender liners to gain access to the bumper cover bolts. Remove the lower and upper mounting bolts and the clips that hold the bumper cover before carefully lowering the bumper cover.
Taking out the old bumper absorber
Pull the center of the bumper absorber to remove it from your vehicle. If the bumper absorber was secured with rivets, you will have to drill them out first or snap the rivet heads off.
Installing the bumper absorber
Carefully line the new bumper absorber along the location of the old one. Make sure that it is properly aligned to avoid having problems with fitting your bumper cover afterwards. For added measure, lock it in place using the heavy-duty rivet gun and some replacement aluminum rivets.
Putting the front bumper back together
Follow the reverse procedure of the bumper cover removal to reinstall the bumper cover.
Tips and warnings
- Apply some tape to the corners of the bumper cover, the front edges of the hood, and other nearby body panels to prevent your vehicle's paint from being damaged.