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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Bumper Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$50 to $780

Talent:

**

Tools:

13mm, 10mm socket, trim removal tool

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz W124 (1986-95)

Parts Required:

New bumper

Hot Tip:

Have a friend help

Performance Gain:

Gives you more room to work

The rear bumper cover on the Mercedes W124 can be removed rather simply and if you are careful you can do it by yourself and not damage the paint. The cover is more cumbersome than heavy, but if you are worried about damaging it get a friend to help. 

The procedure for this article was performed on a wagon but is similar on the sedans.

You do not need to lift the car or remove the wheels to take the bumper off.

You will need access to both of the rear wheel interior covers as well as the rear bench seat.
Figure 1

You will need access to both of the rear wheel interior covers as well as the rear bench seat. Grasp the release handle on the top of the covers and fold them down towards the center; later you will be opening the rear seat (red arrows).

Left Side- With left side cover open remove the spare tire (red arrow) by unscrewing the centering puck and pulling the wheel out from the well.
Figure 2

Left Side: With left side cover open remove the spare tire (red arrow) by unscrewing the centering puck and pulling the wheel out from the well.

Left Side- In the lower well you will need to remove the two 10mm nuts that connect the side of the bumper (yellow arrow) along with the two 13mm nuts that connect it to the rear (red arrows).
Figure 3

Left Side: In the lower well you will need to remove the two 10mm nuts that connect the side of the bumper (yellow arrow) along with the two 13mm nuts that connect it to the rear (red arrows).

Right Side- Move the rear windshield washer reservoir out of the way by pulling it straight up while leaving the hose connected.
Figure 4

Right Side: Move the rear windshield washer reservoir out of the way by pulling it straight up while leaving the hose connected. This will give you access to remove the two 13mm nuts from the rear bumper mount (red arrows, not shown).

Right Side- You will need to remove the tool kit (if your car still has one) and the jack to give you room to remove the two 10mm nuts holding the side of the bumper on.
Figure 5

Right Side: You will need to remove the tool kit (if your car still has one) and the jack to give you room to remove the two 10mm nuts holding the side of the bumper on.

Open the rear seat and remove the bench.
Figure 6

Open the rear seat and remove the bench. You are going to remove the clips that hold the carpet in place (red arrows) on both sides of the latch. Use a trim removal tool and remove the clips.

The clips are push/pull types.
Figure 7

The clips are push/pull types. Gently pry up the top section (red arrow) from the bottom section (yellow arrow) and then pull the clip from the carpet (green arrow).

Fold the carpet back along the rear of the vehicle and remove the two 13mm nuts holding the center of the bumper on (red arrow, one on each side of the latch).
Figure 8

Fold the carpet back along the rear of the vehicle and remove the two 13mm nuts holding the center of the bumper on (red arrow, one on each side of the latch).

Pull the forward side sections away from the body first (yellow arrows) and then pull the bumper section back and off the car (green arrow).
Figure 9

Pull the forward side sections away from the body first (yellow arrows) and then pull the bumper section back and off the car (green arrow).

With the bumper removed make sure to give the area a good cleaning.
Figure 10

With the bumper removed make sure to give the area a good cleaning. There is a drain tube on each side that can drain dirt and debris into the bumper cover and now is a good time to clean it.

Inspect the crush foam and mounting hardware for damage.
Figure 11

Inspect the crush foam and mounting hardware for damage. If the vehicle has been in an accident and the bumper has been damaged it will need to be replaced to provide the proper protection. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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Comments and Suggestions:
ncarbell Comments: Hi again -

FYI - this appears to be a to-the-trade resource at $3100 / year for access. Do you happen to know where / how to access or buy a consumer-facing manual for this specific model?

Thanks!
November 7, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I do not. I think you can buy daily subscriptions for less than $3100, if not that is a new change. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
ncarbell Comments: Hi again -

Do you sell the repair manual for the 1995 W124, or would you be able to direct me to one?

Thanks!
October 31, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: it is available from Mercedes-Benz online. https://www.startekinfo.com/StarTek/ - Nick at Pelican Parts  
ncarbell Comments: Hi there -

Would it be possible to get any context for how to do this job on a W124, as labeled? These instructions appear to be for the S124 wagon. Also, are there any recommended rubber protectors to go over the stock plastic bumpers?

Thank you!
October 26, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No rubber protectors I am aware of.

The procedure should be similar for your model. For the exact procedure for your model, you will need a repair manual. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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