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Sedan - Front Bumper Removal
Written by: Tim Jones (http://www.performanceIX.com) December 9, 2001

Tools Needed:
8 mm socket
T-50 socket drive torx
Flat screwdriver

Estimated time: 45 Minutes

1. Unbolt the four bolts under the bumper with a 8mm socket. There are two bolts on each side in front of the wheels.
2. Use a flat head screwdriver to pry out the plastic connectors that hold the bottom of the bumper to the plastic engine shield. Put the Blade of the screwdriver between the two parts and twist and pry. The center should pull out then you can pop the connector out. They may be jammed up, there was one that I could not get to come apart and I had to cut it with a utility knife.
3. Remove the 8mm bolts in the wheel wells, one per side.
4. Separate the bumper from the wheel well lining. Start from the bottom of the bumper and sneak your fingers behind the bumper between the fender lining. Pull away from the car with a slight angle towards the front. You should be able to get the wheel well liner to flex enough that you can use your fingers to pry the fender lining towards the wheel and get it on the wheel side of the bumper.
5. Use a T-50 torx socket drive to undo the two long bolts that hold the bumper up front. The access holes are under the bumper in the front.
6. Slowly slide the bumper forward, having a friend at this point is very helpful. While you hold the bumper have your friend disconnect the horns, one per side.
7. Put the bumper aside being careful with the paint and you are done. Reverse instructions to reinstall.