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Got a damaged bumper clip in your vehicle? While some dealerships would tell you that you'll need to replace the entire bumper to be able to solve the problem, you'll be glad to know that the auto parts market actually offers a set of these clips to help you restore your bumper to its previous good condition. This clip is just that, a clip. But, it performs a very important function. It holds the bumper in place to keep it steady and properly mounted in place and to prevent the possibility of the bumper flopping around. The clip is pretty durable, but impacts can cause it to break and lose hold of the bumper. Sometimes, drivers also accidentally break the clip when working with their vehicle (i.e. during the installation of parts that require the bumper or some other panels to be removed and reattached). When this happens, you may soon find your car bumper slowly getting dislodged and disconnected from its mounting location. You can't let that happen, now can you? Well, not when the only thing that can solve the problem is a new bumper clip. Some drivers resort to using zip ties or glue to hold the bumper together when the clip breaks, but these won't be enough to maintain proper hold on the bumper. Only a new clip can solve the problem.Once you have that new clip, be sure that you take good care of it and of your bumper. Drive carefully to avoid accidents that can cause damage on both the bumper and bumper clip. Regularly inspect the clips that hold your car bumper to monitor their condition and immediately detect any indication of damage, thus being able to address the problem at once and avoid a more serious trouble. And if you are searching for a high-quality set of bumper clips, trust only Auto Parts Warehouse. From major engine parts to the smallest hardware like this bumper clip, you'll find everything that you need in our complete and easy-to-navigate catalog. All our products are of top quality and all are offered at prices that won't put a hole in your pocket. Just check our Low Price Guarantee and see the great value that you'll enjoy when you shop here. Got more questions? We have customer service associates ready to help you-just dial our toll-free hotline or chat with our agents to get answers to all your concerns.

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Choosing a Bumper Clip

The flawless unibody look of your automobile is made possible by some hardware and accessories. Among these is the bumper clip that keeps your bumper attached to the frame of your ride. This also holds the air duct cooler in place. Looking and working like a push pin or hanger at times, the bumper clip has to be replaced once the bumper or duct cooler is serviced. If you are thinking of replacing or maintaining these parts, or you just want to replace your clip as it is already broken or worn, you can find loads of choices in the market. Just make sure that you consider these factors in the search:

Materials and technology

  1. Polypropylene (PP) is a plastic polymer with a very high melting point compared to other forms of plastics: 320 degrees Fahrenheit or 160 degrees Celsius. It also mixes with dye easily, so it can come in different colors that won't fade fast. If looking for a bumper clip, this is a good choice of material.
  2. Nylon is a synthetic polymer that features compact molecular structure. It has a high melting point of 492 degrees Fahrenheit or 256 degrees Celsius, and this is the reason behind its better weathering properties, sunlight and abrasion resistance, and superior colorfastness. Needless to say, it is much better than polypropylene.
  3. Rubber is an elastic polymer that offers superb elasticity and water resistance. It is susceptible to vulcanization, though, which will make it a poor material for a bumper clip.

Design and style

  1. The pushpin type is the more commonly used type of bumper clip these days. One of the reasons is that it secures the bumper to the frame of the car and not to the mounting hardware only, as a u-clip does. It can also be used to attach other parts like the air duct cooler, so it's more functional and is a better choice than the u-type clip.
  2. The U-shape type is made from the same materials as the pushpin type. It is found near the wheel wells of your vehicle where the bumper cover joins the fender, mounted to the frame like a hanger. Although this is a reliable type of clip, it can easily be pulled down by the weight of the bumper. But if this is the kind of clip you have, you need to get its direct-fit replacement in the market.

Fit

Another important factor in choosing the right bumper clip is its fit. If you wish to avoid problems during the installation, get a clip that is made exactly for your vehicle make and model. This will also ensure easier installation.

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DIY Installation of a Bumper Clip

Your bumper is the first line of defense of your vehicle during collisions, so it needs to be securely fixed on the frame of your ride. That is ensured by the bumper clips that hold it in its place even under extreme road and driving conditions. The problem is that these clips are susceptible to wear and damage, which happen over time. When they wear out, get bumper clip replacements that are direct-fit and equally durable as your original parts. Doing so will let you install them on your own, and if you need a step-by-step guide, we have one here for you:

Level of difficulty: Moderate

Things you'll need:

  • Jack
  • Screwdriver
  • Sandpaper
  • Rug or old but clean clothe

Step 1: Remove the bumper of your vehicle. NOTE: This can be done in different ways, depending on the make and model of your automobile. Generally, you need to raise your vehicle with the use of a jack stand and remove the wheels along with the plastic wheel covers to gain access to the numerous mounting hardware of your bumper.

Step 2: Find the bumper clip and take it off by lifting its edges with the screwdriver. Normally, this may only take the clip head off and the tab is left out for prying at a later time.

Step 3: Clean the area from chips, deep-seated dirt, and other unwanted elements with the rug, then sand any seal or adhesive remnant.

Step 4: Pry the tab of the old clip to give way to your new part. If adhesive is used, sand the area again before mounting the new clip.

Step 5: Reinstall everything back in its place, making sure that the bumper does not sag. Clean the bumper with a clean rug or wax to bring back its luster.