Replacing a Broken Dodge Step Bumper
The step bumper is used as a reinforcement to the rear bumper. But while it doesn't have the same structural support and impact-absorbing qualities of the bumper, this accessory makes it much easier to climb in and out of the rear of the vehicle. This is a practical add-on for work vehicles because of the convenience and added support that it offers. If your step bumper is already rusty and failing out after using it for years or it's badly damaged after a collision, the best thing for you to do is to replace it. You want have to go to an auto shop just to install a new one. We can help you out here. Replacing a broken step bumper usually takes just about 45 minutes. With the right Dodge step bumper, installation is fairly easy. Follow these steps for step bumper replacement:
Difficulty level: Moderate
Things you'll need:
- New step bumper
- Bumper brackets and receiver brackets
- Bolts and washers
- Penetrating lubricant
- Spray undercoat
- Tape measure
Step 1:Pick the right step bumper for your vehicle. Make sure that the new step bumper matches the rear of the vehicle, especially when it comes to length. It's not just the size or length you have to worry about. You also have to check for any spacing issues with the electrical fixture or trailer hitches. The new step bumper must be a great match for the vehicle.
Step 2:Remove the old step bumper. You first have to check the fasteners or mounting hardware at all sides. Use some penetrating lubricant to loosen them easily. To remove the bolts, you have to use a wrench. Free the step bumper and disconnect the wiring. Set aside all the factory fasteners and other hardware in a safe place. You have to set the plastic step tread and gray cladding before you attach the new step bumper to the vehicle. To protect against rust caused by dirt and moisture, spray some undercoat on the step bumper. This undercoat will improve its corrosion resistance or protection.
Step 3:Detach the bumper brackets from the vehicle's frame. After this, you have to disconnect the wiring guide from the bumper brackets. In some cases, you have to make some adjustments on the trailer hitch and spare tire carrier if the vehicle is equipped with these. You have to ensure proper placement. The brackets for the hitch receiver must be positioned well, between the frame and the bumper bracket. Attach the bumper brackets loosely with bolts and washers. The new step bumper should easily fit.
Step 4:Connect the bumper to the brackets and fasten it. Use a wrench to tighten the fasteners. Make sure that all parts are in place. Reconnect the wiring and other mechanisms. Once everything's properly attached, you now have to test the newly installed step bumper on your vehicle. See if this is attached well and if this can hold the weight as you step on it. Make the necessary adjustments as needed.