Easy Steps in Replacing a Chevrolet Step Bumper
If you haul some equipment and tools on your Chevy work truck or stuff some cargo on your SUV, a Chevrolet step bumper is one practical add-on you need to have. This will make it easier for you to climb atop the truck bed or to get into the rear of your SUV. If this bumper ever gets ruined by rust or corrosion or has been bent or scored on a rear-end collision, you should have this replaced right away. Installing a new step bumper on your Chevy pickup truck or SUV can be done in about 45 minutes by an experienced DIYer and about an hour by a beginner. With the right tools, this is an easy project to do on a weekend afternoon.
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials:
- Replacement step bumper
- Socket set
- Washers and bolts
- Penetrating lubricant
- Spray undercoat
- Tape measure and marker
Getting the step bumper ready for easy removal
Apply some penetrating lubricant on all of the bolts and brackets that hold the step bumper. By soaking these pieces in lubricant, they will come loose. This makes it easier to remove them and unhinge the step bumper.
Removing the step bumper
Unscrew the bolts and brackets, which have been soaked in lubricant for a few minutes. Use a socket wrench to remove them and take off the step bumper carefully. Any wire attached to it should be disconnected. Be sure to keep all the fasteners in a safe container for later use.
Installing the new step bumper
Disengage the bumper brackets from the vehicle's frame and disconnect the wiring guide along with it. Before you install the hitch receiver, you have to check the brackets first. Line up the brackets carefully between the frame and bumper brackets. Install the bumper brackets and secure them in place with bolts and washers. With a socket wrench, attach the replacement step bumper to the brackets. Be sure to apply just the needed torque so that the bolts won't be too loose or too tight.
Note: Put on a liberal amount of undercoat on the new step bumper first before you install it to keep it safe from rust.
Re-attaching the components
Re-attach all the components that you had to remove and re-connect the guide wires to the new step bumper. As you re-fasten the components, see if the step bumper is properly aligned. Also check the license plate lights and other accessories. Try stepping on the bumper to see if it's fastened properly and if it works just as expected. If not, then you'll have to inspect the new step bumper for alignment, defect, or improper installation.
Tips and warnings
- Wear close-toe shoes, a mask, goggles, and gloves for your safety.
- Choose a good work area, one with a flat, level surface.
- Check your vehicle manual for details such as the appropriate step bumper for your vehicle model or to guide you with the bumper design.