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Self-repair of Bent-in Front Collapsible Bumper.

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The problem you are going to face in this repair is the straightening or replacement of the two support arms for the bumper assembly. Chrysler products, jeep falls into this category, used a collapsing bumper support to give the vehicle a crumple zone. These supports collapse really easy and once they collapse they typically need to be replaced or if not replaced by cutting and welding stretched back into place. It will really depend on how bent they were and how far back the bend actually goes. Your going to have to remove the from bumper cover and lower side panels from the front of the vehicle to actually see what was damaged. You can order a new bumper frame for about $20 in most cases from Car parts.com, it is pretty cheap. Once you get the old one removed you can sometimes use that to assist in straightening the support arm. You can also sometimes use a Hydraulic jack and a section of 4x4 setup between the two support arms to apply direct pressure between the two but be careful not to bend the arm that isn't already bent. These arms are hollow so you can use a piece of pipe or 2x4 to stick inside and try to pressure the piece back into place. This all assumes you do not have access to a cutting torch and HeliArc welder to do the part replacement. The support arm can actually be purchased but to install it you have to essentially dis assemble the side of the vehicle that was damaged and remove all attached motor mounts and steering components. If the bend you are trying to repair is in the center of the bumper it is possible that you didn't damage the support arms too much and may be able to fairly easily get the front bumper support and just remove the old one and install the new one. It is all going to depend on what the actual damage was.

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