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Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing the Front Bumper Guard

Mike Holloway

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$20 to $150

Talent:

*

Tools:

14mm open ended wrench, 10mm and 12mm socket wrench with 6-inch extension, two jack stands

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz 450SL (1975-80)

Parts Required:

Front bumper guard

Hot Tip:

Use jack stands

Performance Gain:

Protects chrome bumper

Complementary Modification:

Replace bumper shock

Over time, the front bumper guard on your car can crack or break due to normal wear and tear. You may decide that you want to replace it. This is a relatively easy do it yourself project that doesn'™t require much time. The front bumper has to be removed to replace the front bumper guard, but don'™t let that stop you from taking this on. The removal process is simplified by the use of jack stands.

Before you do any work on your car it is important that you wear safety glasses, work gloves and dispose of all fluids in a safe manner. If you have to jack up your car, make sure to use jack stands and chock your wheels as well as applying the parking brake. Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you'™re 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.  Always wear eye and hand protection.



Locate the two 12mm bolts that hold the fog lights to the bumper.
Figure 1

Locate the two 12mm bolts that hold the fog lights to the bumper.

Using a 12mm socket wrench, loosen and remove each bolt that holds the fog lights to the bumper.
Figure 2

Using a 12mm socket wrench, loosen and remove each bolt that holds the fog lights to the bumper.

Using a 10mm closed end wrench, loosen and remove the two nuts that hold the directional signals on to the bumper.
Figure 3

Using a 10mm closed end wrench, loosen and remove the two nuts that hold the directional signals on to the bumper.

Remove the turn indicator lights and carefully set them behind the bumper.
Figure 4

Remove the turn indicator lights and carefully set them behind the bumper.

Locate the 12mm bolt that holds the bumper to the side.
Figure 5

Locate the 12mm bolt that holds the bumper to the side. The bolt is located in the wheel well. Removal of the wheel isn't required. Turning the wheel all the way in either direction aids in the removal.

Using a 12mm socket wrench, loosen and remove the bolt holding the bumper to the side.
Figure 6

Using a 12mm socket wrench, loosen and remove the bolt holding the bumper to the side.

Locate, loosen and remove three of the four bolts that hold the bumper in place.
Figure 7

Locate, loosen and remove three of the four bolts that hold the bumper in place. Loosen but do not remove the fourth bolt. This bolt will keep the bumper in place while you remove the other bolts from the other side. Make sure the jack stands are in place and holding the bumper as you remove the four bolts from the other side. With all but one bolt holding the bumper in place and the jack stands supporting the bumper, remove the last bolt.

The bumper can now be removed by lifting it off of the jack stands.
Figure 8

The bumper can now be removed by lifting it off of the jack stands. Assembly is the reverse of disassembly.

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