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Rear Bumper Cover Removal
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Bumper Cover Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0 to $2,000

Talent:

**

Tools:

10mm deep socket, T25 Torx, trim removal tool

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz C250 (2012-14)
Mercedes-Benz C300 (2008-14)
Mercedes-Benz C350 (2008-14)

Parts Required:

New bumper cover

Hot Tip:

Get a friend to help

Performance Gain:

Access to the headlights

Complementary Modification:

Rear bumper cover

The rear bumper cover on the Mercedes C350 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 and make sure to put something down to protect the bumper once it is off the vehicle.

Our project car did not have the Parktronic feature but if your vehicle does make sure to disconnect the electrical connection for the Parktronic system. Procedures are the same for both sides of the bumper.

The rear bumper cover is a single piece and depending on the options on your vehicle, you may have different fasteners and arrangements than those found on our project car.
Figure 1

The rear bumper cover is a single piece and depending on the options on your vehicle, you may have different fasteners and arrangements than those found on our project car.

Begin by pulling up the trunk liner and removing the rear scuff plate or trim piece around the trunk latch--remove the two 10mm plastic nuts below the piece (red arrows, not shown).
Figure 2

Begin by pulling up the trunk liner and removing the rear scuff plate or trim piece around the trunk latch--remove the two 10mm plastic nuts below the piece (red arrows, not shown).

Use a trim removal tool and starting at the outside pull and pry the trim piece out from the chassis.
Figure 3

Use a trim removal tool and starting at the outside pull and pry the trim piece out from the chassis. It is held in place by four clips (two on each side) similar to the clips used to keep door panels in place. It is Ok if you break the clips as they are replaceable you just want to do your best not to break the trim piece.

With the trim piece off you can see the clips (red arrows) and where they sit in the chassis (yellow arrows).
Figure 4

With the trim piece off you can see the clips (red arrows) and where they sit in the chassis (yellow arrows). If the trim piece comes off and the clips stay in the chassis just pry them out and reinstall them in the panel.

Remove the two 10mm nuts in the studs under the sill plate (red arrows).
Figure 5

Remove the two 10mm nuts in the studs under the sill plate (red arrows). You will need a deep socket to access these nuts.

Remove the plastic 10mm nut holding the fender liner to the bottom of the bumper cover (red arrow); next remove the two push/pull pins from the liner (yellow arrows).
Figure 6

Remove the plastic 10mm nut holding the fender liner to the bottom of the bumper cover (red arrow); next remove the two push/pull pins from the liner (yellow arrows). With the liner detached from the cover remove the 10mm bolt connecting the cover to the quarter panel (blue arrow).

Depending on how your car is optioned the placement and number of fasteners may be different.
Figure 7

Depending on how your car is optioned the placement and number of fasteners may be different. Remove the 10mm bolt (red arrow) from each side and then the T25 Torx fasteners (yellow arrows).

Use a trim removal tool and starting at the fender, separate the cover from the body (red arrow).
Figure 8

Use a trim removal tool and starting at the fender, separate the cover from the body (red arrow).

Moving to the area around the taillights pull the bumper cover back from the taillights releasing the plastic clips (yellow arrow).
Figure 9

Moving to the area around the taillights pull the bumper cover back from the taillights releasing the plastic clips (yellow arrow).

Now pull the cover straight back and off.
Figure 10

Now pull the cover straight back and off. If you are careful, you can do this by yourself.

With the bumper cover off you can replace it or get access to the systems underneath it.
Figure 11

With the bumper cover off you can replace it or get access to the systems underneath it. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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