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A bumper is a part of a car designed to reduce damage to the car in the event of a minor collision.

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Protect/seal paintless front bumper?

I have a 2007 impreza wagon that I bought used last year. The paint on the front bumper has been steadily peeling away (tried to stop the growth but it looks like a crap paint job was done before it ...
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Rear ended, metal bumper guard(?) bent

I was rear ended at the beginning of February, twice in the same accident. Doesn’t look like much cosmetic damage but we lifted the trunk today and noticed the metal bar behind the bumper is almost V ...
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Repairing bumper scratch

I have scratches on both sides of my bumper. They are invisible while standing. Thus, they don't need to be perfect. Can I fix it myself?
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Attach small winch to truck bed or rear bumper

I have a 2010 1500 Silverado and a small ATV winch. I want to use the winch to pull a lightweight aluminum boat up a slight incline. I want to temporarily/occasionally attach the winch to the truck ...
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Seal Impreza Rear Bumper Crack

About a year ago my 2016 manual transmission Impreza hatchback backed into another (parked) car and as a result the rear bumper has a small crack a few inches long with about a .25 inch separation ...
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is it a good idea to have crash/bumper guard on rear of hatch back

Crash guards usually causes problem with Airbag deployment prevents bonnet from acting as crumple zone and impacts the chassis of the car badly which is more harmful for passengers according to this ...
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Reclipping Toyota Fender clips

My Corolla bumper has been partially detached after being lifted by a kerb. I have reattached it fairly well (only the right side was damaged) but there are some clips which won't reattach. I'm ...
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Can a "punctured" plastic bumper be repaired?

My dad's car was hit in a parking lot and there are 2 holes or "punctures" in it from the numberplate bolts on the offending car. The holes are about 10mm (.4 inch) diameter. I've used ...
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Gap between bumper and trunk

I have a Vitara brezza and I accidentally hit my rear bumper with a heavy bag while I was loading it in the car. There were no scratches or dents when I checked the bumper, however the gap between ...
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Is there a way to know the type of bumper

is there a way for me to be sure of the type of bumper installed on a civic 2009 ? Without having to unclip it to look around ? It was bought used and I'm unsure if it's the OEM PP bumper or ...
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What would you estimate needs to be repaired in a bent fender/bumper?

Hit a garage gate pole. Seems that the metal fender is bent quite well, and the bumper clamp area is also broken, hence its dislodged. What would you estimate would need to be repaired/replaced in ...
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What is best way to fix this loose bumper?

Under the passenger side headlight of my car you can see the front bumper is hanging loose as a result of hitting humps. I've seen youtube videos of people just gluing it back or using strings. Is ...
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Straighten Metal & Fiberglass Bumper

I clipped a concrete block at dead slow speed. It bent my rear bumper. This is the view of the full bumper now. You can see the "knee" I put in it. The bumper itself has a piece of angle ...
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Paint on the bumper

I've done a touch-up of some scratches on my paint, and a couple of drips went on the matt black bumper. I tried to wipe it off but there is still some residue. Tried WD40 on a microfibre cloth, to ...
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What does it mean if the bumper is not firmly attached to the rest of the body?

I saw a few cars where the bumper was not closely attached to the rest of the body: I have a few ideas on what could possibly cause this: The bumper somehow became loose without any accident. There ...
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Unable to unscrew stripped bolt in a tight space with no access from behind

I mistakenly stripped the threads in either the bolt hole or the bolt itself and now it just spins freely. And I need to get it out so I can repair the threads. It is the bolt of the rear bumper and I ...
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What is the term for describing the maximum ramp inclination that a vehicle can clear?

Ground Clearance is used to describe the maximum height of an obstacle the automobile can driver over without scratching the underneath (Figure below). Another problem with cars is that they may not ...
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What is a screw head with a circle and 3 lines called?

I have a 16 year old Ford Ikon car and that got a kind of weird screws all over (mainly at the bumber). Attached the image for reference. What is this type of screw is called? I don't find any screw ...
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Lincoln MKX 2013 Front Bumper Mystery

I purchased a certified 2013 Lincoln MKX on 9/14/15. I noticed cracks in the front bumper 2 weeks after purchasing this car. The front bumper has been replaced 4 times since and is still cracking/...
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2013 Honda Accord - in your opinion what is causing the paint to peeling on front & rear bumper?

I paid close to $1,000 to have an auto body shop to repaint my original manufacturer bumpers for both the front and rear. When I bought it there were no visible issues with the paint but after about 6 ...
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Why do trucks have a plastic flap under the front bumper?

I've noticed today's trucks have this 3-4" plastic guard that runs along the bottom of the front bumper. It strikes me as something that would hinder ground clearance or otherwise brush into things. ...
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How to move a wheel arch liner without snapping/breaking it?

Hyundai coupe 2.0 2006. I'm trying to remove a front bumper/access a nut which goes from the edge of the front bumper to the bottom of the wing/fender. I can see you need to move part of the wheel ...
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Chrome Bumper pulled up in 2 spots where tow hook was used to pull it backwards by tow driver

Last year I was stuck in a driveway in snow and Ice and the guy with the truck just hooked their hook and chain to my chrome bumper where its raised enough the back door hardly clears it..I have to ...
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Are love tap bad for the car's structure?

I am paranoid about my car being parked parallel in the street. If someone taps their bumper to my bumper , will it ruin the structure of the car? Will it mess with my alignment? How bad is it to ...
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Is there a special way to repair fiberglass bumper?

My fiberglass bumper has cracks and is white. This cars value is not much and I don't need it to be perfect. I'm quite happy to just get it back to black with all the cracks and leave it at that. ...
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Do I need to paint my bumper?

I am replacing a rear bumper cover on my 2004 Subaru Impreza, and the cheapest deal I can find is a brand new, unpainted unit. My question is whether it is important to paint it, they way it would be ...
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Do I have to prime plastic bumper?

This is my first time painting my car's plastic bumper and of course I made a mistake. I forgot to put on a layer of primer before the base coat. Now the base coat is already on, should I sand it off ...
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Toyota crown body tune up

Is it possible to upgrade exterior looks of cars ? i.e. Upgrading the front look of a 2007 toyota crown to 2013 toyota crown From this look To this look Is there anywhere online where i can buy ...
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Any idea where this chrome bumper is from.

This old bumper was found wrapped and tucked away in a corner of the attic of the garage. I am curious if anyone has an idea where it comes from. I have no idea how old it is. It is 65 inches across.
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Mounting front license plate?

Recently moved to a state that requires front and back license plates. I have a '96 Honda civic (old but good), it did not have a front plate when I bought it. There are four pre-made holes in the ...
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Bumper on 2008 Nissan Versa hatchback

Any advice on fixing a bumper or lifting a sagging one for a 2008 Nissan Versa hatchback? Looking for a cheap solution. Thanks!
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How to repair plastic texture?

How can I repair the texture of the plastic? Got a little hit here on my rear bumper.
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Grit Needed for Sanding Bumper

I am trying to remove the paint off of my front bumper, and just leave it the matte black plastic color that it was originally before painting. I have already tried with minimal success using paint ...
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What damage can you cause by a parking lot collision without visible dents?

Couple of days ago my car was parked in front of another car. Given that I needed more space to get out of the parking spot, I drove backwards and hit the front of the car behind me. I got out of the ...
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How to repair my fiberglass front bumper?

The paint has come of my front bumper(fiberglass) and you can see dots and cracks. You can see all the white fibers. Since it's fiberglass is repairing it different from normal bumpers? As a DIY job,...
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What is the name of the parts that cover up the wires in front of the front wheel?

I bumped into a box when I was in the highway and my bumper is damaged. After that I went to a body shop nearby and he re-attached my bumper back but then I realized the parts that cover up the wires ...
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What type of crimping pliers do I need for these connectors

I have to run some cables in the bumper and I want to use waterproof connectors housing. The problem is that I don't have any crimping pliers and I don't know what type should I buy for this type of ...
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Kia Rio - is lip under front bumper actually needed for anything?

On my 2013 Kia Rio, there is a plastic strip underneath the front bumper that has been almost entirely torn off - undoubtedly due to the occasional times I've pulled up a bit too close to a curb (this ...
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fixing a hole in a bumper cover

I have a crack in the bumper cover of my car (photo below) that I would like to fix myself. This is my first car, and I have no prior experience of car body work. Because of this and financial ...
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What's the best way to re-paint only a corner section of a bumper?

I've got a bit of damage in the corner of my car's bumper I need to repaint. Would you repaint the whole bumper, or is there some way to 'fade off' the spray effectively?
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Bumper squeaking on new car

If I push against the front bumper, near the top of the bumper, I can hear a distinct squeaking noise. I also hear this noise all the time when the car goes over bumpy roads at specific speeds ~ 40 ...
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What is the large metal bar that sits behind the bumper?

I've seen a few vehicles with their plastic bumpers off recently. They all seem to have a large metal crossbar sitting in front of the radiator. What is this called? Update: And a sideview of the ...
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Rear Bumper, Reinforcement?

My car has been bumped into and in need of a new rear bumper. I'm trying to go the least expensive way possible regarding the repair. I don't want to get ripped off because I lack knowledge in the ...
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How to repair a cracked plastic bumper

My wife's brand new bumper cracked from some road debris (image): Body shop quoted her something ridiculous like $1100 (a $280 part plus a ton of labor, to replace the whole thing). I know there ...
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Minor scratching on plastic fender/skirt

I have minor scratching and smearing on the front skirt of my car which is the plastic part below the bumper. Is there a way to repair this without replacing the whole skirt? The image below shows ...
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How to seal / repair large crack in bumper

A car was in a collision and the front bumper is dented inward and cracked, I'm guessing up to an inch wide. Is there a way to either fill the crack with some type of foam? (Sophisticated tools and ...
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Nissan Micra 2015 (K13) - Missing front bumper vent

Someone has crashed with my wife's Micra while she was at work, and we have just noticed that the vent is missing, I'm unable to find a replacement online, do I have to get a new bumper?
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How to remove the clips of the Honda Emblem. Safely

Can someone suggest me how to remove the clips/pins behind the emblem of the front grille of a Honda Civic 2014 EX Sedan. I wanna replace the grille because it's cracked. I saw many tutorials in ...
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Should I be worried about bumper reinforcement condition after being rear ended?

Recently a car rear ended me at about 10 mph. Cosmetic damage to my rear bumper is not that bad and because of that I am considering to let the other person get away without making claims to his ...
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Scratch front bumper white car

I have scratched my car tonight reversing in the garage, when I turned the wheel I scratched the front to a concrete column. My car is a Subaru Impreza Wagon 2007, white This is a link to a photo. ...