The bumper assembly of a car usually consists of a face or cover of the actual bumper that is given to the car for beautification purposes. This cover is usually painted and matched with the car’s color but the actual bumper is located behind this cover. The bumper assembly also comprises of the panels around its edges sometimes that help it to further blend with the car’s body.
In most accidents or collisions, it is the bumper that takes most of the damage. As most bumpers today are made of plastic, they break easily and have to be replaced for the car to run better. Replacing a damaged bumper can come with questions of whether replacing it or repairing it would be cheaper, how to remove the bumper, etc. With the tips given below, you can try to have an easier time with your bumpers if they inevitably get damaged some time.
Tip #1 - Repair vs Replace
Knowing that the amount of work you would have to put into repairing a bumper is somewhat equal to the amount of work you would put into replacing it with a new one should be good enough reason for you to decide for the latter.
Tip #2 - Know the Cost
If cost is the issue, rest assured that buying a new bumper as a replacement would cost you around the same as repairing your damaged bumper too. Repairing would involve expending different tools and materials, paint, etc.
Tip #3 - Screws and Attachments
There are different types of screws and attachments you must keep in mind before trying to pull off the bumper or you would risk either breaking the attachments or the bumper itself.
Tip #4 - Removing the Bumper Cover
Look for plastic clips on the inside of the bumper cover. Detach them carefully when replacing a bumper cover. If even one of them is completely detached and the bumper is pulled off, it will break and it usually can not be replaced. Repair will then require careful welding by a professional, which is not even usually possible with plastic bumpers.
Tip #5 - Use WD-40
Spraying WD-40 around the bumper’s screws and bolts helps to loosen rust around old and aged screws. This can make it a lot easier to detach the bumper from all its attachments.
Tip #6 - Have a Flashlight
It always helps to have a flashlight at hand as it is imperative that a bumper and its attachments are treated with care. Working on a bumper assembly is complicated and as it involves a lot of small components too, a flashlight during work can help you look around those nooks for nuts and bolts you might have missed.
Tip #7 - Use a Jack
Always keep a pair of jacks at hand. Getting access to the underside of a bumper assembly can be frustrating sometimes and getting the car higher up by using jacks can help you achieve that.
Tip #8 - Jack Alternative
If jacks are not available, sliding down under the car is what most people too to gain under-side access. When sliding down under a car, always remember to first lay down protective clothing on the floor and wear protective goggles.