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Old 04-21-2013, 06:50 PM
brunke brunke is offline
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rear bumper repair

Thought I'd share this with anyone who needs help. I wanted to remove the rear bumper cover to pop out a dent in it (plastic). If you check the instructions found on other threads, here are a couple of additions to the info. When you remove the two screws and one nut from the inner plastic wheel well, it is to pry it out from behind the edge of the bumper cover. Once pried out remove the two screws on the horizontal. The Torx head screw you want to remove is the one that is vertical and at the far edge of the cover closest to the wheel well opening - not the horizontal one. Remove the three nuts from the bottom along the rear, as noted. There are only two screws to remove from the top. When you open the hatch, there are two plastic covers in the bottom corners - pry then out. The two vertical, Torx screws are all thats left. Remove them, slide the cover back about an inch and then pull the sides out some and finish the removal.
Here's the good part! The dents can be popped out with a heat gun and pressure from 2x4 or whatever. I have a Dewalt electric gun -- way bigger than a hair dryer. Apply the heat from the inside and push the dents out after the plastic softens. If you apply heat on the outside, it will distort the matte finish. I had to remove the inner plastic reinforcement in the corner. Where possible, I pushed the dents out from the inside. One was buckled in the top surface and I pushed it down on the outer surface. The cover does not look new but it no longer catches your eye as you walk past the car.
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