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Front Bumper Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Front Bumper Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

2.5 hours

Tab:

$400

Talent:

*****

Tools:

T25, 8mm, 10mm (sockets)

Applicable Models:

BMW 320i Sedan (2013-16)
BMW 320i xDrive Sedan (2013-16)
BMW 328d xDrive Sedan (2014-16)
BMW 328d/i Sedan (2012-16)
BMW 328i xDrive Sedan (2013-16)
BMW 330e Sedan (2016)

Parts Required:

Fog light, horn, headlight washer, bumper cover.

Hot Tip:

Get help from a friend when lifting bumper off car.

Performance Gain:

Allows access to components behind bumper cover.

Complementary Modification:

Install aftermarket bumper cover.

BMW F30 models use a plastic bumper cover over a rigid strut-supported aluminum bumper. This cover is painted to match your vehicle. It is frequently scratched and damaged. The bumper cover can be replaced quite easily following along with this tech article. You can replace a bumper cover with a factory part, or an aftermarket one if you want to upgrade the look of your F30. Remember to plan to have it painted before you install it, so leave yourself extra time.

In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with removing the front bumper cover. Removing it is required to service the A/C condenser, headlight assembly, intercooler ducting, horns, and distance sensors.

Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners. 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 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. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Questions or have additions to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

Raise front of vehicle and support safely using jack stands. See our tech article on jacking your vehicle.

BMW F30 models use a plastic bumper cover (red arrow) over a rigid strut-supported aluminum bumper.
Figure 1

BMW F30 models use a plastic bumper cover (red arrow) over a rigid strut-supported aluminum bumper. This cover is painted to match your vehicle. It is frequently scratched and damaged. The bumper cover can be replaced quite easily following along with this tech article. You can replace a bumper cover with a factory part, or an aftermarket one if you want to upgrade the look of your F30. Remember to plan to have it painted before you install it, so leave yourself extra time.

Working at top of radiator support, peel off the hood seal and remove (red arrow).
Figure 2

Working at top of radiator support, peel off the hood seal and remove (red arrow).

Working at top of radiator support, remove the eight T25 Torx fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 3

Working at top of radiator support, remove the eight T25 Torx fasteners (red arrows).

Unclip the retaining clips (red arrow) and pull the top of the bumper cover away from the radiator support.
Figure 4

Unclip the retaining clips (red arrow) and pull the top of the bumper cover away from the radiator support.

Working at bottom of bumper, remove the four 8mm fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 5

Working at bottom of bumper, remove the four 8mm fasteners (red arrows).

Working at bottom corners of bumper, remove the three 8mm fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 6

Working at bottom corners of bumper, remove the three 8mm fasteners (red arrows). Then remove the two plastic rivets (blue arrows). Pull the center pin out, then remove rivet (inset). Right side shown, repeat step for opposite side of vehicle.

Working in wheel well, remove the three 8mm fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 7

Working in wheel well, remove the three 8mm fasteners (red arrows). Right side shown, repeat step for opposite side of vehicle.

Then, in top of wheel well, pull back wheel well liner to expose two 10mm fasteners.
Figure 8

Then, in top of wheel well, pull back wheel well liner to expose two 10mm fasteners. Working inside bumper from below, remove the two 10mm fasteners (red arrows). Right side shown, repeat step for opposite side of vehicle.

Working at the corner of the bumper, press the release tabs (red arrows) and unplug the fog light electrical connector.
Figure 9

Working at the corner of the bumper, press the release tabs (red arrows) and unplug the fog light electrical connector. Next, unclip the harness junction from bumper cover, release tabs and slide off (blue arrow). Then press release tabs and unplug connector (inset).

Unclip front corners of bumper, pull down in direction of red arrow.
Figure 10

Unclip front corners of bumper, pull down in direction of red arrow. Right side shown, repeat step for opposite side of vehicle.

Place tape on fenders to prevent scratches (blue arrow).
Figure 11

Place tape on fenders to prevent scratches (blue arrow). With all fasteners removed from front bumper, pull front corners away from headlights to detach. 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. Once removed, you can detach parking sensors and replace wiring harness by unclipping it if needed (inset). To install front bumper, start by partially installing bumper while leaving enough space to access electrical connectors. Reconnect disconnected items. Then slide bumper cover and align. Install all remove fasteners and check alignment of bumper to body.

To replace bumper support, remove the two 13mm fasteners (red arrows) on each side of support (blue arrows).
Figure 12

To replace bumper support, remove the two 13mm fasteners (red arrows) on each side of support (blue arrows).

Slide bumper support off (red arrow) to remove.
Figure 13

Slide bumper support off (red arrow) to remove. Reverse steps to reinstall.

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