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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Bumper Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$200

Talent:

****

Tools:

Flathead screwdriver, 8mm 10mm socket, T25 Torx.

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:

Bumper mounting brackets.

Hot Tip:

Have a friend nearby to help lift bumper on and off. Store bumper in safe place once removed.

Performance Gain:

Better looks.

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.

The rear bumper is quick and easy to remove. Remove the tail lights, release a few fasteners and two clips and you can slide it off. The mounting brackets that bolt to the body can break from impact or improper installation. In this article, I will go over removing the rear bumper as well as replacing the rear bumper support. Ask a friend to help slide the bumper on and off easier.

Remember your car may have been serviced before and parts 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 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.

BMW F30 models use a plastic bumper cover over a rigid, strut-supported aluminum bumper.
Figure 1

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. Remove rear fender mounted tail lights. See our tech article on tail light replacing.




Working in rear of fender well, remove two 8mm fasteners from wheel well liner (red arrows).
Figure 2

Working in rear of fender well, remove two 8mm fasteners from wheel well liner (red arrows). Right side shown, repeat step for opposite side of vehicle.

Working in rear of fender well, peel back wheel well liner and remove the T25 Torx fastener (red arrow).
Figure 3

Working in rear of fender well, peel back wheel well liner and remove the T25 Torx fastener (red arrow). Right side shown, repeat step for opposite side of vehicle.

Working at the top of the rear bumper (where tail light mounts), remove the 10mm fastener (red arrow).
Figure 4

Working at the top of the rear bumper (where tail light mounts), remove the 10mm fastener (red arrow). Right side shown, repeat step for opposite side of vehicle.

Working at the lower corner of the rear bumper, remove the three 8mm fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 5

Working at the lower corner of the rear bumper, remove the three 8mm fasteners (red arrows). Right side shown, repeat step for opposite side of vehicle.

Working at the bottom center of the rear bumper, remove the three T25 Torx fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 6

Working at the bottom center of the rear bumper, remove the three T25 Torx fasteners (red arrows).

Pull top corner of bumper out to unclip.
Figure 7

Pull top corner of bumper out to unclip. Right side shown, repeat step for opposite side of vehicle.

With help from a friend, slide bumper off vehicle (red arrow) just enough to access electrical connectors.
Figure 8

With help from a friend, slide bumper off vehicle (red arrow) just enough to access electrical connectors. Right side shown, repeat step for opposite side of vehicle.

Disconnect parking sensor electrical connectors (red arrows).
Figure 9

Disconnect parking sensor electrical connectors (red arrows). When installing bumper, slide bumper slots onto bumper mounting bracket on body and snap into retaining tabs. Once bumper corners are installed correctly, install bumper fasteners and check alignment with body. Install fasteners and tighten.

Figure 10

To replace bumper support, start by removing the four 8mm heat shield fasteners (red arrows)

Then, remove the four 18mm bumper support fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 11

Then, remove the four 18mm bumper support fasteners (red arrows). Right side shown, repeat step for opposite side of vehicle. Be sure to support the bumper support to prevent it from falling when removing last fastener.

Then with help from a friend, slide bumper support off vehicle (red arrow).
Figure 12

Then with help from a friend, slide bumper support off vehicle (red arrow). Reverse steps to reinstall.





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