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Front Bumper Cover Removal
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Front Bumper Cover Removal

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

**

Tools:

T25 Torx driver

Applicable Models:

Volvo C30 T5 (2008-13)
Volvo C30 T5 R-Design (2008-13)

Parts Required:

Front bumper cover

Hot Tip:

Take your time and have a helper nearby to prevent scratching the bumper cover

Performance Gain:

Less weight means the car goes faster

Complementary Modification:

Replace headlight bulbs

Various projects on the Volvo C30 require removing the front bumper cover, such as replacing the radiator or intercooler. It may seem like a large task. However, removing it is quite easy and should take no more than one hour.

Left and Right Sides: Loosen and remove the five T25 Torx screws (green arrows) along the front edge of the wheel liner.
Figure 1

Left and Right Sides: Loosen and remove the five T25 Torx screws (green arrows) along the front edge of the wheel liner. Pull the edge of the wheel liner out to access the bumper cover from behind.


NOTE: One newer C30s, there are 7 screws on each side--6 in the wheel arch and 1 on the bottom securing the front bumper to the underfloor pan. Be careful not to scratch the paint with the headlights while removing--be sure to remove symmetrically.

Left and Right Sides: Carefully pop the edge of the bumper cover out (green arrow) from inside the fender.
Figure 2

Left and Right Sides: Carefully pop the edge of the bumper cover out (green arrow) from inside the fender.

Loosen and remove the two T25 Torx screws (yellow arrows).
Figure 3

Loosen and remove the two T25 Torx screws (yellow arrows). Locate the five plastic rivets (green arrows) holding the upper edge of the bumper cover to the car (Note that one rivet was missing on our project car). Use the Torx driver to push the center pin of each rivet inward. Now grab the upper edge of the bumper cover (purple arrows) and pull up until all of the rivets can be pulled out.

Now pull the bumper cover straight out.
Figure 4

Now pull the bumper cover straight out. It should pop off with a slight tug.

Left and Right Sides: Volvo uses the same wiring harness on cars with and without fog lights.
Figure 5

Left and Right Sides: Volvo uses the same wiring harness on cars with and without fog lights. In our case, there are two blanks that the harness connectors fit into. Press the tab (green arrow) on each connector and pull it off either the blank or foglight.

And here's the finished result with the bumper cover removed.
Figure 6

And here's the finished result with the bumper cover removed.

When re-installing the plastic rivets on the upper bumper cover lip, be sure to pull the center pin out before re-installing them.
Figure 7

When re-installing the plastic rivets on the upper bumper cover lip, be sure to pull the center pin out before re-installing them. Once in the hole, press the pin down flush to lock it in place.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Robert Graf Comments: On newer C30s its actually 7 screws on each side. 6 in the wheel arch and one on the bottom securing the front bumper to the underfloor pan. Also be careful not to scratch the paint with the headlights while removing. Be sure to remove symmetrically.

Otherwise its really easy with these instructions.
May 1, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it. I will have the article updated.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
PS Noise Comments: You for got about the headlight washer covers
December 16, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The steps for removing them? - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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