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How to Replace Front Bumper Cover 01-05 Honda Civic

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How to Replace Front Bumper Cover 01-05 Honda Civic

Created on: 2021-01-16

How to remove or replace a damaged, scratched, or broken front bumper cover on 01, 02, 03, 04, 05 Honda Civic

  1. step 1 :Removing the Bumper Cover
    • Pry up the four clips atop the bumper with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the 10mm bolt at the front of the wheel well on both sides
    • Pull the inner fender down and away from the bumper on both sides
    • Pry down the retaining clips underneath the bumper
    • Pull each side of the bumper cover out and pull the cover forward and off
  2. step 2 :Installing the Bumper Cover
    • Insert the bumper cover into place, the top underneath the latch lever
    • Tighten the retaining clips atop the bumper
    • Reinstall the 10mm bolt at the front of the wheel well on both sides
    • Push the inner fender into place
    • Tighten the retaining clips underneath the bumper

Tools needed for replacement

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Wire Ties

  • Ratchets & Related

    Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    10mm Socket

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

In this video we're going to work on this 2003 Honda Civic. We're going to show you how to remove and reinstall the bumper cover. You might need to do this if you want to replace your headlights or your front grille, and there's some other work and jobs in there that you need to remove the bumper cover for as well. A lot of times these get as damaged as this one is, and we'll show you how to tighten that up a little bit. You'll need a flat blade screwdriver, 10 millimeter socket and ratchet, and also on this vehicle we use some wire tires.

This vehicle is pretty beat up. Some of the fasteners you may encounter are different than what we may have encountered, and it had been run up on a curb and stuff so it was using wire ties to hold it together. We used wire ties to put it back together.

Pull the lever right here. Open your hood. Secure it with the prop rod, and there are four clips at the top to remove. There are indents on each side of the outside so that you can just work a screwdriver underneath and pry up the center and then pull the clip up and out. I will repeat that for the other three.

At the front of the wheel well on each side is a 10 millimeter bolt right here you need to remove, and, again, this is on each side. Also, on each side you'll want to pull the wheel well down. This side is very broken on this vehicle but just pull it so it's like this and it's not holding the bumper cover. Underneath there should be a series of these push pins just like the top and there actually may be a couple of 10 millimeter bolts thrown in as well but this vehicle has been run over a few things and then put together with wire ties so you just need to either remove the clips, undo the bolts. I'm not even sure how many of them I could tell you should be here, probably anywhere from 6 to 8 of them, but we'll go ahead and do that on this car.

Release each side just by pulling firmly and then you may have to just pull a little bit and it will come off.

Bumper cover back in place, and make sure you go underneath the latch lever and up on the headlights. Then put these clips back in to hold it in place. Reinstall this 10 millimeter bolt on each side. Once the bolt is back up in push your inner fender, or in this case what's left of the inner fender up and in. On this side this corner is all broken so we actually put a plate in there and screwed it down into the bumper cover.

It's not beautiful, but it's going to make at least the bumper cover pretty much stay where it should be. There should be a bunch of clips in here but they're all missing from this car so we're going to kind of put it back together the way it came apart using some wire ties and just secure the bottom. Close the hood.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Wire Ties

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket


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