How To Remove and Reinstall Front Bumper Cover

Cable810

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Dec 5, 2011
690
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Time: 20-30 Minutes.
Part Numbers: N/a
Cost: N/a
Equipment needed: 10mm Socket and Ratchet, Flathead Screwdriver, and Pliers

Tools Needed:
Flat Head Screw Driver
Ratchet
10mm Socket
Pliers

Lets Begin

First you will need to remove the Grille then the Headlights

Once the Grille and Headlights are removed proceed to remove these bolts using the 10mm socket.
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If you don't have Fog Lights you can skip this step. If you have them you will NEED to do this next step.

Unplug the Fog Lights
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Locate the 2 bolts and a Plastic pin on top of the bumper and remove them. Remove the Bolts using the 10mm Socket. To remove the plastic one take the flathead screw driver and gently pry the pin up.

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< --- Mine was rusted so bad it broke of :sadcry:
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Under the Bumper cover there are 4 plastic pins that need to be remove. 2 in the middle one on the left and right of the Bumper Cover.
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Push up on the bumper cover to reveal a small gap. Take the pliers and gently wiggle them(all 4) back and forth while pulling down but not to hard you will damage the pin if you pull to hard.

To the left and right of the bumper there are these boxes
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Take the ScrewDriver and put it inside the opening like so
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Gently push the screwdriver pulling the box towrds you.

Make sure you do not drop the Bumper!!

Congrats you just removes your bumper cover :thumbsup:

To ReinStall:
Reconnect the Boxes on the left and right of the bumper.

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Next reconnect this
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Then push the 4 Plastic Pins back into place on the bottem of the Bumper Cover:
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Reconnect the 2 bolts and a Plastic pin on top of the bumper
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Reconnect the Fog Lights

Install the Headlights and Grille and your done!!!
 

Sparky

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Dec 4, 2011
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4 pushpins along the bottom? What pushpins? I don't have any on mine, just holes.

:crazy:
 

DJones

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Jan 21, 2012
701
St. Petersburg, Florida
Sparky said:
4 pushpins along the bottom? What pushpins? I don't have any on mine, just holes.

Then someone may have forgotten to put them in.

I can tell you all of the things that mine ISN'T being held on with. I need a body alignment before I put it all 100% back together.
 

blazinlow89

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Jan 25, 2012
2,088
:thumbsup: Nice wrightup.

I am missing the bolt in the center, and I am starting to get some sag on the top. Think I am going to put a piece of aluminum under the top to prevent this. Or go back to the body shop that replaced it and let them do the dirty work.
 

Cable810

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Dec 5, 2011
690
Sparky said:
4 pushpins along the bottom? What pushpins? I don't have any on mine, just holes.

:crazy:

Me007gold said:
Mines the same way, the only thing holding on my bumper is the boxes and the small brackets.

I would skip that step then. They are just extra pins that hold the bumper cover on.
 
Dec 16, 2011
110
Possibly a related question to this thread, possibly not.

I have sort of a wrinkle in my bumper cover, makes it pop up toward the middle on top.

Is this possibly being caused by missing a pushpin or a bolt or something? Is it something I can DIY to fix?

Thanks in advance.
 

Cable810

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Dec 5, 2011
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I have no clue, sorry
 

The_Roadie

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Nov 19, 2011
9,957
Portland, OR
UMEXT said:
I have sort of a wrinkle in my bumper cover, makes it pop up toward the middle on top.
GM knows it was a design flaw, and the best they could do even for owners in warranty, was add double-sticky Velcro tape underneath to try to hold it flat. There was mocking to be heard at the old site when people discussed whether this sort of MacGyver fix would hold up in the cold and hot temperature extremes.
 

filthyfingers

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Apr 7, 2012
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Nice write up. I've needed this done for years. Filling cracks and smoothing over with Bondo doesn't work long term and looks crappy short term. I've resisted because of the $500 price. Now a painted bumper cover is under $250 on ebay. Some advertise under $100 for a primed cover! Might just do this.
 

HARDTRAILZ

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Nov 18, 2011
49,665
Cable810 said:
First you will need to remove the Grille then the Headlights

Once the Grille and Headlights are removed

Why do you remove the headlights? I never did that and took my bumper cover off literally dozens of times....
 
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Cable810

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Dec 5, 2011
690
HARDTRAILZ said:
Why do you remove the headlights? I never did that and took my bumper cover off literally dozens of times....

I was like what the Heck I'll just remove them...
 

HARDTRAILZ

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Nov 18, 2011
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Probably should mention that it is unneeded wrok in your write-up then, so others don't waste time and effort.
 
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dustin butts

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Apr 3, 2016
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texas
i just bought a 2004 trailblazer and the driver side is sagging,i checked it out and the diver side "box" is missing form the inside top of the bumper cover, how do i get another?? i figured i would jb weld it on,
 
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Mooseman

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Dec 4, 2011
25,343
Ottawa, ON
Probably easiest is to go to a pick-a-part and either pull a complete bumper of the same colour or break/cut that bracket (or box) off.
 

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