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Can't get the front bumper cover to release from fenders

I own a 2006 Saturen Relay - the same vehicle as a Pontiac Montanna SV6. I'm trying to remove front bumper cover (body colored) to gain access to A/C condenser and rad to mount a transmission cooler. Can't get bumper cover to release from fenders. What is the trick? donnieboy

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  • donnieboy999 Apr 13, 2009

    Onlt push clips are along the top of the front cross member where hood latch is. Once these are out and hedlights are out, front almost wants to pull straight out except for something holding it to the fenders, Looking at the fenders, it looks like it should slide forward and off - won't budge!

  • donnieboy999 Apr 13, 2009

    Thx 'motor1258'.

    I did find two bolts on each fender which looked like they tightened a flat metal 'clamp' piece which held bumper cover to fender. Loosn'd these on the passenger side (easier to get at) and tried pulling bumper cover straight out - still wouldn't budge. Perhaps i should pull down?

  • donnieboy999 Apr 13, 2009

    Thx 'motor1258' ! Will try again and add to post once i see how it goes.



    donnieboy999

  • donnieboy999 Apr 13, 2009

    Hello 'motor1258',



    Got the bumper cover off today! Turns out there was a third nut on the fender bracket which could not be seen until inner fender (plastic) was totally removed. Once i removed the nut and loosened the two on the shoulder studs, with a firm pull forward the bumper cover came off cleanly!

    Thanks again for your help !



    donnieboy999, Pickering, Ontario, Canada

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Persistence eh Donnieboy, good work. Pickering eh ? I'm on North shore, east end of Lake Erie & your on North side of Lake Ontario. Canadian eh? take care. Good bye snow over there yet?

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Take a good look up under top side (inside) of cover where it slides in under rad grill etc, too. Remember, these guys put them together with a lot of stuff not in the way yet, plus it in the air, where they can reach everywhere. Love those engineers ! Good Luck.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Slide/pull those flat little clamps off until re-assembly, probably holding. Sometimes you need to stick screwdriver in them & pry apart slightly to get them off.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Had a look with flashlight, in behind front of fenders from under hood?
    In behind splash guards in side wheel wells.?
    Just throwing it out there, where I've found them on various vehicles, hoping we hit it. Found nuts on some up near top of fender in wheel well areas before.


  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    No push style clips holding?

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They should be push in pins they should come out with a little effort. don't worry if one breaks they are cheap and locally able to get.

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  • Jimmy James Apr 13, 2009

    on the inside do you see bolts?

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