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Pelican Technical Article:

Front Bumper Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

*

Tools:

10mm, 13mm socket or wrench

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz 260E (1987-89)
Mercedes-Benz 300CE (1988-93)
Mercedes-Benz 300E (1986-93)
Mercedes-Benz 300TE (1988-92)
Mercedes-Benz E320 (1994-95)

Hot Tip:

Have a friend help

Performance Gain:

Gives you more room to work

The front bumper on the Mercedes-Benz W124 can easily be removed from the vehicle. The bumper cover is not very heavy and can be removed with one person but if you are worried get a friend to help.

NOTE: Some models require you to remove the bolt at the top center of the bumper assembly. I believe it's a 10mm and has to be removed with the hood open to access

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

There is an outside air temperature sensor mounted to the lower part of the front bumper cover (red arrow).
Figure 1

There is an outside air temperature sensor mounted to the lower part of the front bumper cover (red arrow). You will need to remove this and pass it through the bumper before removing the bumper cover.

Remove the plug from the front of the bumper (red arrow).
Figure 2

Remove the plug from the front of the bumper (red arrow).

There is a small plug located above the sensor (red arrow).
Figure 3

There is a small plug located above the sensor (red arrow). If you can remove this you can simply unscrew the Philips head screw attaching the sensor to the bumper and pass it through the hole. We could not remove the plug without risking damaging the paint on the bumper cover so we removed the four Philips head screws holding the license cover on (yellow arrows).

With the cover off you can get access to the sensor.
Figure 4

With the cover off you can get access to the sensor. Remove the Philips head screw (red arrow) and pass the sensor through the holes in both covers (yellow arrow).

Next remove the two 10mm bolts holding the cover to the outside section of the frame (red arrow, one side shown).
Figure 5

Next remove the two 10mm bolts holding the cover to the outside section of the frame (red arrow, one side shown).

Make sure not to lose the large washer attached to the bolt.
Figure 6

Make sure not to lose the large washer attached to the bolt. This is necessary for installation.

Remove one of the 13mm nuts from the front of the bumper to front cross member and loosen the other (red arrows).
Figure 7

Remove one of the 13mm nuts from the front of the bumper to front cross member and loosen the other (red arrows). It is a good idea to leave one of the nuts loosely fastened until you are ready to remove the bumper cover. Repeat for both sides of the bumper

Make sure you use the large washer with the bolt when installing.
Figure 8

Make sure you use the large washer with the bolt when installing.

With the nuts and washers removed you can easily slip the bumper off the front of the vehicle.
Figure 9

With the nuts and washers removed you can easily slip the bumper off the front of the vehicle. If you are working by yourself it is a good idea to put some tape on the front of the bumper (red arrow) so if you need to put the bumper down you will not damage the paint. Now is a good time to clean out any dirt or debris found behind the bumper cover. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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Comments and Suggestions:
ncarbell Comments: Hi there -

The list of parts doesn't show which bumper covers / impact strips to buy for this job - would it be possible to get that detail? Also, are there any recommended rubber protectors to go over the stock plastic bumpers?

Thank you!
October 26, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I’m not the best with part numbers.


Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
sambking Comments: They forgot to mention the bolt at the top center of the bumper assembly. I believe it's a 10mm and has to be removed with the hood open to access.
April 6, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it. I will have the article updated.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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