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Front Bumper Cover Removal
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Front Bumper Cover Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0 to $760

Talent:

**

Tools:

10mm, 8mm socket, 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 front bumper cover on the Mercedes C350 can be removed rather simply. 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.

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.

Before you can remove the bumper cover you need to remove the radiator grille (red arrow).
Figure 1

Before you can remove the bumper cover you need to remove the radiator grille (red arrow). Please see our article on front grille removal for further assistance.

With the grille removed fold back the rubber air diverter and remove the single 10mm bolt on each side of the radiator (red arrow).
Figure 2

With the grille removed fold back the rubber air diverter and remove the single 10mm bolt on each side of the radiator (red arrow).

The front fender liners are made up of two sections, a forward and rear liner.
Figure 3

The front fender liners are made up of two sections, a forward and rear liner. While you do not need to remove the front liner to remove the bumper it will give you more room to work. Release the four push/pull clips on the inside and lower edge of the liner (red arrows).

Use a trim removal tool and pry the small clip (red arrow) out from the base of the clip (yellow arrow).
Figure 4

Use a trim removal tool and pry the small clip (red arrow) out from the base of the clip (yellow arrow). Then pull the whole clip out. If you do not remove the front liner use a trim removal tool and pry the liner back out of the way.

Disconnect the wiring from the front fog lights (red arrow) by squeezing in the tabs on the connection and pull it back off the housing.
Figure 5

Disconnect the wiring from the front fog lights (red arrow) by squeezing in the tabs on the connection and pull it back off the housing.

The wiring of the side markers contain the bulb holder; to remove it from the housing simply rotate the connection 45 degrees and pull it form the housing (red arrow).
Figure 6

The wiring of the side markers contain the bulb holder; to remove it from the housing simply rotate the connection 45 degrees and pull it form the housing (red arrow).

Next remove the two 10mm bolts holding the bumper cover to the fender (red arrows).
Figure 7

Next remove the two 10mm bolts holding the bumper cover to the fender (red arrows).

Remove the 8mm bolt holding the lower support to the bracket (red arrow).
Figure 8

Remove the 8mm bolt holding the lower support to the bracket (red arrow). Pull the plastic piece away from the support so it is free to move forward.

The sides of the bumper cover sit in a plastic puck shaped mount (red arrow).
Figure 9

The sides of the bumper cover sit in a plastic puck shaped mount (red arrow). If your cover is not fitting the way you would like you can adjust it using the adjustment nuts in the mount (red arrow) to clean up the fit.

Slide the bumper forward and off the side mounts (red arrow).
Figure 10

Slide the bumper forward and off the side mounts (red arrow).

The bumper cover is not heavy but it can be awkward.
Figure 11

The bumper cover is not heavy but it can be awkward. If you are removing it yourself it is a good idea to place a blanket on the ground under the cover to prevent damage if it slips. Installation is the reverse of removal.


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