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Mercedes Benz Front Bumper Removal
 
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Mercedes Benz Front Bumper Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

Tab:

$0

Talent:

*

Tools:

8mm, 10mm and 14mm sockets, Phillips screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz W201 (1984-93)

Hot Tip:

Have a friend help

Performance Gain:

Gives you more room to work

Complementary Modification:

Clean out all the road debris

If you are going to be replacing your radiator, auxiliary fans or your A/C condenser, you are going to have to remove your front bumper. The bumper is actually very simple to remove, but beware if you are doing this job by yourself, make sure the bumper does not fall on you while loosing it from underneath. While the bumper can easily be lifted by one person, it is a good idea to have someone hold the bumper while you are undoing the bolts.

You do not need to lift the car or remove the wheels to take the bumper off, but it will give you more room to work if you do.

Begin by removing the Phillips-head screw that holds the ambient air temperature sensor located on the bottom of the license plate frame. Pass this sensor through the opening behind the frame and into the bumper

Next remove the front fender liner in the passenger side wheel well. There are two 8mm bolts and a Phillips-head screw holding it on. With the liner removed you will be able to see the two 14mm nuts holding the bumper to the front of the car, along with a 10mm bolt attaching it to the side support.

Remove the 10mm side bolt and then the two 14mm nuts and washers. Take care not to loose the two large washers behind the nuts. They are important and need to be reinstalled when putting everything back together.

With everything unscrewed the bumper just pulls straight away from the front of the car.

Remove the Phillips-head screw that holds the ambient air sensor to the lower part of the license plate frame.
Figure 1

Remove the Phillips-head screw that holds the ambient air sensor to the lower part of the license plate frame. Once loose, pass the senor through the opening and into the bumper.

To remove the fender liner you will need to unscrew the two 8mm nuts (green arrow) and the one Phillips-head screw (yellow arrow, not shown).
Figure 2

To remove the fender liner you will need to unscrew the two 8mm nuts (green arrow) and the one Phillips-head screw (yellow arrow, not shown). The liner then just lifts out.

Figure 3

Remove the 10mm bolt that holds bumper to the outside support

Remove the two 14mm nuts and large washers (red arrows) holding the bumper to the front of the car.
Figure 4

Remove the two 14mm nuts and large washers (red arrows) holding the bumper to the front of the car. With these removed the bumper just pulls straight away from the front of the car.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Renesis Comments: I'm trying to replace radiator I'm my car; however, mine is the 2.6 and I can't seem to find a way to access the last three bolts at the bottom of the condenser. Once that's off, I can get my radiator taken out. Is there a way too get access to it without removing the bumper.
September 10, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't think so.

I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
lsmalley Comments: Did this job today. Very simple to get the bumper off. However, you do not need to remove the front bumper to remove your radiator, condenser, or aux fans.
July 5, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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