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Front Bumper Removal
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Front Bumper Removal

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

***

Tools:

Set of sockets, wrenches, screwdrivers, T50 Torx socket

Applicable Models:

BMW Z3 (1996-02)

Hot Tip:

Get help from a friend when lifting bumper off car.

Performance Gain:

Allows access to components behind bumper cover

Complementary Modification:

Replace bumper impact absorber, repair scrapes on bottom of bumper

In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with removing the front bumper cover. Removing it is required to service the radiator cooling fans, A/C condenser, horns, and headlight washers. Try to have a friend or helper around when removing the bumper cover; this will help avoid damaging the paint finish.

Avoid marring the trim. Work with a plastic prying tool or wrap a screwdriver tip with masking tape before prying out trim panels, switches or electrical accessories.

Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches. 

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If  you are working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Do not work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability. 

Vehicle models change and evolve, as they grow older, so the vehicle shown in our illustrations may vary slightly from yours. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

Working under the vehicle at the radiator support, remove the six 8mm fasteners for the lower radiator splash shield.
Figure 1

Working under the vehicle at the radiator support, remove the six 8mm fasteners for the lower radiator splash shield. (green arrows)

Then, remove the splash shield by pulling it straight down and out of radiator support.
Figure 2

Then, remove the splash shield by pulling it straight down and out of radiator support.

Working at left and right lower corners of the bumper, remove bumper 8mm fasteners (green arrows).
Figure 3

Working at left and right lower corners of the bumper, remove bumper 8mm fasteners (green arrows). This photo shows the left side of the vehicle. Repeat the same steps for the right side.

Locate bumper bolt access holes at bottom of bumper.
Figure 4

Locate bumper bolt access holes at bottom of bumper. Left side is shown in photo, right side is the same. Working through access holes, use a T50 Torx socket and a 6' extension to loosen bumper bolts. Then remove bumper bolt from bumper. This photo shows the left side of the vehicle. Repeat the same steps for the right side.

With all fasteners removed from front bumper, slide bumper out enough to access electrical connectors.
Figure 5

With all fasteners removed from front bumper, slide bumper out enough to access electrical connectors.

Disconnect electrical connectors for horn, fog lights, ambient temperature sensor, and headlight washer hoses, disconnect applicable items.
Figure 6

Disconnect electrical connectors for horn, fog lights, ambient temperature sensor, and headlight washer hoses, disconnect applicable items. (green arrows) Next, with help from a friend, slide bumper off support and remove. When removing, be careful not to scratch bumper cover or snag any previously disconnected items.

To replace bumper impact absorber, remove the four 10mm fasteners (green arrows), then remove the bumper absorber from the vehicle.
Figure 7

To replace bumper impact absorber, remove the four 10mm fasteners (green arrows), then remove the bumper absorber from the vehicle. Install new absorber, then tighten fasteners.

To replace bumper support, remove all sixteen expansion rivets (green arrows).
Figure 8

To replace bumper support, remove all sixteen expansion rivets (green arrows). Then remove support from bumper cover.

To remove the expansion rivets, use a trim panel tool to lever out the center pin, then remove rivet from bumper cover.
Figure 9

To remove the expansion rivets, use a trim panel tool to lever out the center pin, then remove rivet from bumper cover. To install front bumper, start by partially installing bumper while leaving enough space to access electrical connectors and hoses. Reconnect disconnected items. Slide bumper cover onto bumper supports and tighten bumper bolts. Install lower bumper screws and reattach wheel well liner to bumper and check bumper alignment with body.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Bill Comments: Your instructions are great. The mounting hole through the bumper absorber in much larger than the bolt. Is this to allow adjustment or should there be a rubber bushing?
July 31, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: That is just for room and to allow access in the case of different alignments of the bumper and the body.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
don Comments: when new bumper is installed or removed does the side braces by the fenders or stay in place?
August 10, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The mounting bracket? Yes. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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