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Adjusting front bumper

I noticed the other day that my front bumper is a little bit loose in the area behind the right headlight. The right side of the bumper is sticking out about 1/4-1/2 inch more than the other side, and I can start to see some of the rectangular holes for the clips in the area that's sticking out a bit.

I've looked through the service manual, but the pictures for bumper removal/installation weren't really all that detailed. Does anyone know if it's possible to adjust the bumper so that the hooks under the headlight can be re-attached to the holes in the bumper? Or would that require bumper removal?


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I noticed the other day that my front bumper is a little bit loose in the area under the right headlight. The right side of the bumper is sticking out about 1/4-1/2 inch more than the other side, and I can start to see some of the rectangular holes for the clips in the area that's sticking out a bit.

I've looked through the service manual, but the pictures for bumper removal/installation weren't really all that detailed. Does anyone know if it's possible to adjust the bumper so that the hooks under the headlight can be re-attached to the holes in the bumper? Or would that require bumper removal?
Open your hood and remove your radiator cover (very easy just ten clips), then on the either side of the car right above the upper grill, where the two panels meet there is a plastic piece that should be wedged between two metal pieces. Check that and then check the screw in the wheel well. The bumper for the most part just snaps into place you may be able to push it in to place. However the actual removal of the bumper (cover) is dead simple, I was worried I couldn't do it when installing my fog lights but it really is super simple!


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Just to add on heathmc's statement- it would be better (and easier to simply remove the bumper cover, then re-install it. It can be difficult to "push in" or correct one small area of the bumper cover when the rest of it is firmly attached to the car. Been there, done that.
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Just for clarification, I circled the part that's sticking out a bit more than usual. I incorrectly said before that the part sticking out was under the headlight, but really it's actually behind the headlight. All other parts of the bumper seem to be lined up correctly. So without removing the bumper, there isn't an easy way to "re-hook" that side?

I'll take a look at the clips under the radiator cover today.


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You can try, but I will bet the answer is "no". There is a sequence to install these bumper COVERS, and starting/ending at the area you circled is NOT it.

I would try, however, by removing the screw in the wheel well and unfastening everything up to that point, then try to re-insert. But you really should inspect all the bumper cover fasteners to see if any are broken off.
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You can try, but I will bet the answer is "no". There is a sequence to install these bumper COVERS, and starting/ending at the area you circled is NOT it.

I would try, however, by removing the screw in the wheel well and unfastening everything up to that point, then try to re-insert. But you really should inspect all the bumper cover fasteners to see if any are broken off.
Will do, thanks. Going to check tonight to see if anything is loose or broken.

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You can try, but I will bet the answer is "no". There is a sequence to install these bumper COVERS, and starting/ending at the area you circled is NOT it.

I would try, however, by removing the screw in the wheel well and unfastening everything up to that point, then try to re-insert. But you really should inspect all the bumper cover fasteners to see if any are broken off.
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Will do, thanks. Going to check tonight to see if anything is loose or broken.
Completely agree with Rick, I recently removed by bumper cover and tried to document it here Mine. Princess PDF's.
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