My wife inadvertantly backed up over a cement lighting base with 3 bolts sticking up. Once she hit she immediately put the car in Drive and went forward, ripping open the black plastic guard around the bottom of the rear bumper. The hole is just below the small access panel on the right side of the bumper.
Question: can just the plastic guard be replaced or does the entire bumper have to be replaced? There appears to be no damage to any other component; only the black plastic guard around the bottom of the bumper.
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1. Remove rear combination light assembly. A. Remove two mounting screws. B. Disconnect electrical connector from rear side of light assembly.
2. Remove bumper assembly. A. Remove four fasteners and four retaining screws from top of bumper assembly. B. Remove mud flap from bumper assembly. C. Remove two screws from bottom of bumper assembly. D. Remove two screws from side of bumper assembly. E. Remove four bumper mounting bolts from under of vehicle.
3. Install rear bumper in reverse order of removal.
Behind each light you will see a small door in the back liner. Remove
the 2 plugs in each door by pulling them straight out.
2. Gently pull
back liner doors to expose rear of light assembly.
3. Remove three brass
10mm nuts from exposed bolts.
4. Slightly lift up bottom inside corner
of light assembly, Pull back or sideways to center of bumper or trunk
rear with wiggle movement to pull out rear light assembly. Takes a
little while, but piece of cake.
5. Plug in the new bulb and put everything back in place.
Rear Bumper: Service and Repair
Removal and Installation
1. Remove the LH and RH rear combination lamps.
2. Remove both the rear wheels and tires.
3. Remove the LH and RH splash shields.
4. Remove the rear bumper fascia clips and screws, then remove the rear bumper fascia.
5. Remove the rear energy absorbing foam.
6. Remove the rear bumper reinforcement.
7. Remove the rear bumper supports.
Installation is in the reverse order of removal.
1.Remove rear combination light assembly.
Remove two mounting screws.
Disconnect electrical connector from rear side of light assembly.2.Remove bumper assembly.
Remove four fasteners and four retaining screws from top of bumper assembly.
Remove mud flap from bumper assembly.
Remove two screws from bottom of bumper assembly.
Remove two screws from side of bumper assembly.
Remove four bumper mounting bolts from under of vehicle.3.Install rear bumper in reverse order of removal.
actually, you need to remove the bumper cover as solution 2 says, then there is one screw there that you take out. but then there are 2 nuts that you have to access from inside - which they want you to take the whole interior of the truck apart to access. i have the same issue, except it was my husband who backed into our minivan,and i'm not sure what i'm going to do. if you take off the access panel, you'll see that it looks like you could almost get those nuts off if you had the right tool - a very narrow long socket and socket extender to fit in the access holes. i'll let you know if i'm able to do it or not.
My son went around a curve one night and hit a tree stump that was in the middle of the road. It put the front bumper under the truck, busted the radiator, the framing brace that supported the radiator and the A/C condenser. There was even wood in the frame from the impact. He also needed to replace a fender from a previous accident. After getting everything installed on the engine, they had a problem putting the fenders back on.
The passenger's side fender fit perfectly except where the hood was hitting in one spot. The fender was about 2 to 3 inches too high and the guys were threatening to take a hammer and beat it down. But after getting a stronger light and searching the frame of the truck from all angles, they found out there was still one bolt that needed to be removed. Once it was removed, the fender went on smoothly. They didn't get to use the hammer like they were threatening!
Chances are the shop that initially replaced your bumper didn't do it right and the shoddy install left it sitting lower than it should have. Because of this, you were able to snag the bumper on the parking block. The reason you have to replace it is most likely the mounting bolt holes were torn out or otherwise damaged when the bumper was caught, and there is no longer a mounting surface to use with new mount bolts to put the bumper back on.