Bumpers are your protectors against massive damage during low-speed collisions. Upon experiencing a mild collision, bumpers are usually left with dents but are still repairable. However, if your car gets a mild hit and the bumper slumps already, it's telling you that you need a new bumper bracket to support it. Changing your bumper bracket is relatively simple and can be done in your own garage.
Here's a step by step procedure on how to replace your bumper bracket:
Difficulty level: Moderate
Tools to be used:
- Socket and ratchet set
- Trim panel removal tool
- New bumper bracket
Step 1: Locate a level surface and park your car. Open the hood and detach the bumper cover from your vehicle by loosening the cover with a door trim panel.
Step 2: At the end of the bumper cover in the wheelwell, you'll notice clips or screws along the top and bottom throughout the cover. Unfasten all these clips or unbolt these screws mounting the bumper cover to your car. Set the bumper aside and place it on a safe location to prevent damaging it.
Step 3: Disengage any wires or connectors such as fog lights from the bumper. Then, locate the bumper bracket or "side supports" beneath the fender on the right and left side of your vehicle.
Step 4: Unbolt the brackets from your car by removing the two bolts holding the bumper brackets. Check the area, around and underneath the bumper bracket, carefully for any damage that may impede the bracket installation.
Step 5: Get your new bumper brackets and install them on their respective places. Tighten each bolt to secure the bracket.
Step 6: Attach the bumper cover to the bumper brackets. Lock the bumper cover on the bracket by sliding it back and forth. Reattach the clips or screws and make sure that they are secured tight enough.