Somebody in my house (I don't want to name names) caused me to have to
replace the front bumper cover on my 2000 Taurus Wagon. Strangely
enough, I found a matching color OEM replacement at my local junk yard.
How likely is that?
Anyway, how difficult is it to remove and replace? It is cold here in
PA. I'm very handy, but I don't need to make a career of this at this
time of year. Does anyone know of a good online resource, or an
approximate time committment? I'd really like to have the party who
damages the thing to get a little practice, too...if you know what I
mean. Otherwise, I think I'm looking at about a $400/$500 bill at a
body shop. He can't afford that.
1st... Never apply excessive heat to bumper surface. Heat could cause
distortion of the bumper.
1. Open hood.
2. Remove headlamp assemblies.
3. Remove two screws on each side in headlamp opening retaining front
bumper cover to front fender.
4. Remove one screw on each side retaining front bumper cover to front
fender splash shield.
5. Raise vehicle on hoist. Remove lower radiator air deflector.
6. Remove LH front fender splash shield and RH front fender splash shield.
7. Remove two nuts on each side retaining front bumper cover to front
fenders and front fender splash shield screws.
8. Remove five screws retaining front bumper cover to upper radiator
9. Disconnect wiring connectors from parking/turn signal and side marker
lamp assemblies as necessary.
10. Remove front bumper cover from vehicle.
1. Follow removal procedure in reverse order.
2. Install locating pins to mating holes. Tighten screws in headlamp
openings to 10.2-13.8 N-m (91-122 lb-in).
3. Tighten screws to radiator support to 19-26 N-m (15-19 lb-ft).
4. Tighten nuts to 7.6-10.4 N-m (68-92 lb-in).
5. Tighten front fender splash shield screws to 1.2-1.8 N-m (11-15 lb-in).
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