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Grill, Side Markers Bumper Cover and Front Bumper Removal
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Grill, Side Markers Bumper Cover and Front Bumper Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

*

Tools:

T25, T30 Torx, Trim removal tool, Phillips screwdriver

Applicable Models:

VW Golf (1999-05)

Hot Tip:

Have a friend help

Performance Gain:

Gives you more room to work

Complementary Modification:

Clean out all the road debris

If you are going to be replacing your radiator, auxiliary fans or your A/C condenser, you are going to have to remove your front bumper. This article will show you how to remove your grill, side markers, bumper cover and front bumper. While the bumper can easily be lifted by one person, it is a good idea to have someone hold the bumper while you are undoing the bolts.

You do not need to lift the car or remove the wheels to take the bumper off, but it will give you more room to work if you do.

The Grill

To remove the front bumper and cover you will first need to remove the grill.

Pull the grill forward releasing it from its friction fit.

Use your trim removal tool and pry the plastic grill ends away from the body. The grill sits in a plastic friction fitting on the bumper cover.

Tilt the grill forward and pull it up and out from the center slot and two side slots that it sits in on the bumper cover.

The Side Markers

Begin by inserting your trim removal tool between the rear of the marker and the body. Gently pry the marker forward and out.

With the marker out you can see the spring clip mechanism that holds the marker in place along with the wiring and connection.

To change the bulb you pull the entire socket and bulb straight back out of the marker.

The Bumper Cover

Move to the lower air grill inserts and pull the plastic trim piece out by gently prying down on the two upper tabs and pulling the unit down and out.

Remove the T30 Torx screw inside the inlet.

Remove the five T30 screws in the grill area

Move to the wheel well and remove the three lower T25 Torx screws connecting the wheel well liner to the bumper cover.

Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the screw and the plastic spacer.

Slide the bumper forward and off the car.

There are two plastic connectors that the cover sits in on each side, make sure these line up and connect when reinstalling.

The Bumper

Remove the impact damper from the bumper by simply pulling it forward.

Remove the two T30 Screws on the lower hood lock support.

Next you will want to get a friend to help you as you are going to be removing the actual bumper and it is a little heavy and you will want to support the opposite side to the one you are working on.

First remove the two T30 Torx screws on each side then use a 13mm socket and remove the two bolts on each side. The bumper is now free of the car.

Installation is the reverse of removal

Begin by removing the latch release lever.
Figure 1

Begin by removing the latch release lever. There is a small clip that holds the plastic lever on the latch mechanism. Use a small screwdriver and lift up the clip (yellow arrow) then separate the plastic and remove it from the latch mechanism.

Pull the grill forward releasing it from its friction fit (yellow arrow).
Figure 2

Pull the grill forward releasing it from its friction fit (yellow arrow).

Use your trim removal tool and pry the plastic grill ends away from the body (yellow arrow).
Figure 3

Use your trim removal tool and pry the plastic grill ends away from the body (yellow arrow).

The grill sits in a plastic friction fitting (yellow arrows) on the bumper cover.
Figure 4

The grill sits in a plastic friction fitting (yellow arrows) on the bumper cover.

Tilt the grill forward and pull it up and out from the center slot (yellow arrow) and two side slots that it sits in on the bumper cover.
Figure 5

Tilt the grill forward and pull it up and out from the center slot (yellow arrow) and two side slots that it sits in on the bumper cover.

Begin by inserting your trim removal tool between the rear of the marker and the body.
Figure 6

Begin by inserting your trim removal tool between the rear of the marker and the body. Gently pry the marker forward and out.

With the marker out you can see the spring clip mechanism (red arrow) that holds the marker in place along with the wiring and connection (yellow arrow).
Figure 7

With the marker out you can see the spring clip mechanism (red arrow) that holds the marker in place along with the wiring and connection (yellow arrow).

To change the bulb you pull the entire socket and bulb straight back out of the marker (red arrow).
Figure 8

To change the bulb you pull the entire socket and bulb straight back out of the marker (red arrow).

Move to the lower air grill inserts and pull the plastic trim piece out by gently prying down on the two upper tabs (red arrows) and pulling the unit down and out.
Figure 9

Move to the lower air grill inserts and pull the plastic trim piece out by gently prying down on the two upper tabs (red arrows) and pulling the unit down and out.

Remove the T30 Torx screw (red arrow) inside the inlet.
Figure 10

Remove the T30 Torx screw (red arrow) inside the inlet.

Remove the five T30 screws in the grill area (red arrows).
Figure 11

Remove the five T30 screws in the grill area (red arrows).

Move to the wheel well and remove the three lower T25 Torx screws connecting the wheel well liner to the bumper cover (red arrows) along with the Philips head screw.
Figure 12

Move to the wheel well and remove the three lower T25 Torx screws connecting the wheel well liner to the bumper cover (red arrows) along with the Philips head screw.

Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the screw and the plastic spacer (red arrow).
Figure 13

Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the screw and the plastic spacer (red arrow).

Slide the bumper forward and off the car (red arrows).
Figure 14

Slide the bumper forward and off the car (red arrows).

There are two plastic connectors (red arrows) that the cover sits in on each side, make sure these line up and connect when reinstalling.
Figure 15

There are two plastic connectors (red arrows) that the cover sits in on each side, make sure these line up and connect when reinstalling.

Remove the impact damper (red arrows) from the bumper (yellow arrows) by simply pulling it forward.
Figure 16

Remove the impact damper (red arrows) from the bumper (yellow arrows) by simply pulling it forward.

Remove the two T30 screws (yellow arrows) on the lower hood lock support.
Figure 17

Remove the two T30 screws (yellow arrows) on the lower hood lock support.

Next you will want to get a friend to help you as you are going to be removing the actual bumper and it is a little heavy and you will want to support the opposite side to the one you are working on.
Figure 18

Next you will want to get a friend to help you as you are going to be removing the actual bumper and it is a little heavy and you will want to support the opposite side to the one you are working on. First remove the two T30 Torx screws (yellow arrows) on each side then use a 13mm socket and remove the two bolts (red arrows) on each side. The bumper is now free of the car.

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