Your car's bumper cover protects sections of your bumper while adding a different look and shape to the car. In some vehicles, it is also where the lights and the front fender grill are housed. Being positioned on the edge of your vehicle makes your bumper covers susceptible to wear and damage. That is why it's important to replace it immediately when it gets damaged from a minor accident. Aside from giving your car an unpleasant look, a broken bumper will not be able to protect you bumper and the other car components in the area. Fortunately, installing a new bumper cover on your vehicle is a relatively simple process regardless of what kind of car you are driving. All you have to do is follow these simple steps.
Required skill level: Novice
Needed tools and materials
- New bumper cover
Preparing for the task
Before installing a new bumper cover for your car, make sure that you have everything you need set up. This will make the installation process much faster and easier. You car should also be engaged in the emergency parking brake. This will prevent the car from moving or rolling while you're removing the old bumper cover.
Removing the old bumper
Using a screwdriver, remove the screws and fasteners that secure your old bumper cover in place. Once you have removed the screws, carefully pull the old bumper cover away from the vehicle and set it aside. Don't forget to keep the screws, brackets, and fasteners in a secure container as you may need to reuse them with your new bumper cover.
Installing the new bumper cover
Check the alignment of your new bumper cover before putting it on the vehicle. While aligning your new bumper with the front or back of your car, make sure that it is placed on a blanket or a towel that is laid out on the ground to avoid scratching it. Once you have it properly aligned, you can start inserting the plastic clips through the sheet metal of the vehicle. To secure the new bumper cover in place, tighten the screws and plastic clips properly with a screw then reconnect the other additional brackets.
Tips and warnings
To avoid having to repaint the new bumper cover, make sure that it's in a color that matches your car's perfectly.
Some fasteners on your replacement bumper cover may require the need for a hex screwdriver.