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How to Replace Bumper with Impact Strip Provision 95-00 Chevy Tahoe

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  1. step : Removing the Grille (0:46)
    • Remove the tow hooks with an 18mm socket and ratchet and pipe for leverage
    • Remove the four 10mm bolts from the top of the grille
    • Remove the 10mm bolt from the middle of the grille
    • Remove the four Phillips screws aligned with the parking light
    • Pull the parking light out
    • Twist the bulb socket counterclockwise out of the light
    • Pull the bulb off of the socket
    • Twist the socket from the side marker light
    • Repeat the process on the other side
    • Pull up on the tab on the grille near the parking light on either side
    • Push down on the tab on the bottom of the grille
    • Remove the grille
  2. step : Removing the Bumper (2:39)
    • Remove the 10mm bolts aligned with the panel
    • Remove the panel
    • Remove the 10mm bolts from the air deflector
    • Remove the four 18mm bolts beneath the bumper
    • Remove the four 18mm bolts on top of the bumper
    • Pull the bumper straight out and off
  3. step : Disassembling the Bumper (4:39)
    • Remove the four 11mm bolts from the license plate bracket
    • Use an 11mm wrench or socket to hold the nuts on the back
    • Remove the four 13mm nuts from the impact strip
    • Push in the tabs on the impact strip with pliers
  4. step : Assembling the Bumper (5:54)
    • Push in the center clips on the impact strip
    • Insert and tighten the four 13mm nuts on the impact strip
    • Push a bolt into the license plate bracket
    • Push the bracket into the bumper
    • Replace the nut on the other side
    • Repeat the process for the other three 11mm bolts
  5. step : Installing the Bumper (6:55)
    • Insert the bumper into place while lining up the bolt holes
    • Insert and tighten the 18mm bolts on the top of the bumper
    • Insert and tighten the 18mm bolts underneath the bumper
    • Put the air deflector into place and replace the center bolt
    • Insert and tighten the 10mm bolts into the air deflector
    • Insert the 18mm bolts into the tow hooks
    • Insert the panel on top of the bumper into place
    • Replace the 10mm bolts aligned with the panel
  6. step : Installing the Grille (9:47)
    • Align the tabs on the bottom and sides of the grille
    • Insert the four 10mm bolts to the top of the grille
    • Insert the 10mm bolt into the middle of the grille
    • Twist the side marker light socket into place
    • Push on the bulb to the parking light
    • Twist the bulb clockwise into the light
    • Line up the bolt holes on the parking light bracket to the bolt holes on the vehicle
    • Replace the Phillips screws into the parking light bracket

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Hi, I'm Don from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and the next time you need a part for your vehicle, think of 1AAuto.com. Thanks.

In this video, we're going to show you how to replace the front bumper on this 1996 Chevy Tahoe. It's the same part and similar process on these Tahoes from 1995 to 2000. The items you'll need for this include a new front bumper from 1AAuto.com, a 7mm, 10mm, 11mm, 13mm and 18mm socket and ratchet with a piece of pipe for leverage, a Phillips screwdriver, a pair of pliers, and an 11mm wrench.

If you have tow hooks, you're going to want to remove those, and they're just held in with two 18mm bolts. We'll just fast-forward as Don removes those, and you can see he uses a piece of pipe for some extra leverage because they can be in there pretty good. Next, we have to remove the grill.

Start off by removing these four 10mm bolts. We'll just fast-forward as Don does that. Now, there's another 10mm bolt right here. Just go ahead and remove that. Next, lining your parking light on either side, you'll see four Phillips screws. Just go ahead and remove those. We'll fast-forward as Don does that. Once you pull your parking light, you just want to push in on these tabs and twist the sockets free. Then twist this socket from your side marker light and then repeat the process on the other side.

Then, when you go to remove your grill, just pry up on this tab and pull out on the grill. Do the same thing on the other side. Then, in the center, straight down, you'll see this tab, just push down on it, and the grill will pull free. Next, remove these 10mm bolts that line this panel. Again, we'll fast-forward as Don removes those. Once those are removed, you can lift the panel up and out.

Now, we have to remove this air deflector lining the bottom of your bumper, and it's held in with a series of 10mm bolts. We'll just fast-forward as Don removes each of those. Once those bolts are removed, the deflector will just pull right down. Now, remove these four 18mm bolts. Again, you may need your piece of pipe to help break these free. Now, on the top of the bumper, there's four more 18mm bolts. Just go ahead and remove those. Now, just pull straight out on your bumper and it'll pull free.

Now, to swap over your license plate bracket, you have to remove these four 11mm bolts. You can use an 11mm wrench or an 11mm socket on the back to hold the nuts as you remove the bolts. Next, remove the impact strip, which is held in on either side by four 13mm nuts. Now, using pliers, just push in these tabs, and you just want to do this all the way along the bumper. We'll fast-forward as Don does this.

In the back is the old bumper; up front is the new one from 1A Auto. You can see they're identical, and they're going to fit exactly the same. Now, push in the center clips on your impact strip, and then do one side at a time, just pushing in all of the clips and making sure those studs go through the holes on the sides. Replace those four 13mm nuts and tighten them up. Push a bolt through your license plate bracket, and then push it into place and replace the nut on the other side. Then replace the other nuts and bolts, and just tighten all of them up.

Take your new bumper and just push it back into place. You want to make sure that each of these bolt holes line up. Now, for the bumper bolts, we put just a little bit of lube on the bolts to help them go in this isn't necessary, you don't have to this. You can see Don puts each bolt along the top back into the bumper, and then goes back with a socket and ratchet and tightens them up. Now repeat the same process with the four 18mm bolts along the bottom of the bumper. Then hold your air deflector back up into place and replace the center bolt. We'll fast-forward as Don replaces the other bolts and then tightens them all up.

Now for your tow hooks, there's this bolt inside here that you want the bolts to go up through. Just place your hook through and then push the bolts up through making sure they go up through that block. You want to make sure that you start both bolts before you tighten up either of them, and after you've tightened those up, repeat the process on the other hook. Now put this panel at the top of your bumper back into place, making sure all of your lights are up and over it. Then replace those four 10mm bolts.

Now, you want to line up those tabs with those slots, and make sure that your sockets pull through the grill and then push that tab back into place. Do the same thing on the other side and in the center. Then replace those four 10mm bolts along the top of the grill. Now twist that side marker light socket back into place, and then twist both of those parking light bulbs back into the parking light. Then push the parking light back into place, and replace those four Phillips screws. Once you've done that, repeat the process on the other side and you're all set.

We hope this video helps you out. Brought to you by www.1AAuto.com, your source for quality replacement parts and the best service on the Internet. Please feel free to call us toll-free, 888-844-3393. We're the company that's here for you on the Internet and in person.

Tools needed for replacement:

    Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • A Piece of Pipe (for leverage)
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket
  • 11mm Socket
  • 13mm Socket
  • 18mm Socket
  • 7mm Socket

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 11mm Wrench


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