Diagnosing the Signs of Trouble on Your Ford Windstar Bumper Cover
Located at the front and the rear of your vehicle, your bumpers are the first thing that comes into contact with other objects when you get into a collision. If the accident occurs at a low enough speed, they will be able to protect your Ford Windstar's other components from being damaged. Each bumper consists of a steel frame that crushes on impact, brackets that hold the frame to the chassis, and crush cans to dampen the effect of the collision on the chassis among other parts. All of these parts are hidden beneath your Ford Windstar bumper cover to ensure that your car looks more aesthetically pleasing.
Finding signs of trouble
Bumper covers are made of plastic or rubber molded into one solid piece. It's quite normal to see some scratches on them because small accidents on the parking lot do happen. However, peeling paint on your bumper covers can indicate that your minivan has been in a tiny accident that needed a paint job en route to the dealers. The paint might also be peeling off because it's the wrong type for paint for your cover.
In the meantime, dents and cracks can be the scars that are left over after a minor accident that hasn't damaged anything. However, a gigantic crack or dent can be a sign of serious damage with your other bumper components.
Removing the bumper cover
To find out whether or not you'll need to replace your entire bumper assembly, then you'll need to remove the bumper cover on either the front or rear of your Windstar. Taking off either component involves many similar steps, but they also have a few key differences.
If you're removing the front bumper cover, then you'll need to detach the positive and negative cables from your battery so that the airbags don't deploy. Then, raise up your minivan on some jack stands before using a Phillips-head screwdriver to take off all the screws from the bottom of the bumper edge. Don't forget to take off the screws from the inner fender wall as well as the nut that holds the side marker light in place. Finally, detach the screw from the corner of the bumper cover so that you can get it free.
Meanwhile, if you're removing the rear cover, you'll need to set the emergency brake and chock the rear side of the back tires so that your Windstar doesn't move. Afterwards, you'll need to lie underneath the bumper to locate the holding bolts to loosen them with a socket wrench. After you take off the side bolts, you can gently pull the cover away from the minivan's body.