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Ford F150 Bumper

Maintenance Tips for the Ford F150 Bumper Assembly

The bumper in the Ford F150 is designed to take a beating from the elements, but without maintenance, it will still wear out quickly. Thankfully, caring for the Ford F150 bumper assembly is easy especially if done on a timely basis.

  • Regular washing of the bumper is the first and easiest step towards maintaining its appearance and integrity.

If the bumper is already stained and dirtied, don't hesitate to have it washed even if the rest of the car is still fairly spotless. In addition, it is also recommended to wash the bumper by hand. Though more time-consuming, manually washing the bumper ensures all of its nooks and crannies are cleaned of dirt and debris.

  • When inspecting your bumper, or any part of your vehicle for that matter, make sure that the truck is stable and secured.

Shove some wheel chocks under the wheels to prevent it from moving, and place a couple of jack stands on the suspension or steering structures of your vehicle. Do not attempt to support the truck with a lift; although it can lift the vehicle up, it is not designed to do so for a prolonged period of time and will eventually slip.

  • Planning on having your bumpers repainted? Consider removing the bumper from the vehicle first.

It will be a lot easier and fewer cleanups would be involved if the painting is done with the bumper off the vehicle than on it. It's also recommended to have the bumper painted in an auto body shop; although it can be a bit expensive, still having a professional paint job for your bumper is better in the long run.

  • If your bumper has suffered superficial scratches, you might still be able to remove it using a buffing compound.

Using a buffer, apply buffing compound onto the scratched area and buff it until the scratches disappear or are minimized. Spraying a clear coat of paint on the bumper will also further reduce the scratches on the surface.

  • On the other hand, if the bumper has deep scratches or grooves, bumper filler may be the solution.

Make sure to follow the instructions in the bumper filler/repair kit, and use protective gloves and eyewear to protect against the harsh chemicals in the filler, hardener, and adhesive that come with the kit.

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  • Installation Tips for Ford F150 Bumper

    Replacing the bumper in your Ford F150 can be an exhausting and time-consuming one, especially since you need to do it perfectly. An improperly installed bumper may result in it falling off the truck when driving at high speeds or prevent the vehicle’s safety systems from functioning properly in the event of a collision.

    Although it can be difficult, installing a new Ford F150 bumper assembly is essential not only aesthetically but also in terms of function and safety. Here are some tips on how to do it right:

    Tip #1: Before you begin, make sure that you have all the screws, bolts, clips, and other fasteners for the new bumper all accounted for.

    Modern bumper assemblies are designed to be as efficient as possible, so even a single missing bolt or screw will compromise the integrity of the bumper assembly.

    Tip #2: Use a jack to lift the vehicle up, but use jack stands to support.

    Never use jacks to support the vehicle; it is designed solely for lifting a vehicle and not to support it. Any movement from the vehicle might cause it to slip on the jack and fall off. Jack stands, on the other hand, are sturdy enough to bear the weight of the F150 and have a better gripping surface than a typical hydraulic jack. Place the jacks on designated jacking points on your pickup – you can refer to the F150’s manual where these are located – or on its suspension members or structural members.

    Tip #3: Have the bumper painted first before installing it onto your pickup.

    It is easier to paint it while it is off the vehicle than it is to paint it after it has been installed. You can paint the bumper yourself if you have a paint spray gun and air compressor, but otherwise have the bumper painted in an auto body shop.

    Tip #4: If the bumper being replaced has built-in lights, they need to be disconnected first before the bumper is removed.

    These lights typically have electrical connectors with a locking tab and rubber seals, so removing them is as easy as popping the tab loose with a flat screwdriver.