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How to Replace Front Bumper Valance 01-03 Ford Ranger

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How to Replace Front Bumper Valance 01-03 Ford Ranger

Created on: 2016-11-04

This video shows how to remove and install the fog lights and bumper valence, and how to prepare a new one. Follow the steps to DIY

  1. step 1 :Removing the Fog Lights
    • Disconnect the fog light wiring harnesses
    • Remove the three 8mm screws from each fog light
    • Pull out the fog lights
  2. step 2 :Removing the Bumper Valance
    • Remove the nine 8mm bolts holding the valance to the bumper
    • Pop out the valance tabs
    • Pull back the license plate cover
    • Pull off the valance
  3. step 3 :Preparing the New Bumper Valance
    • Pull the clips off the old valance with needle nose pliers
    • Pull the fog light clips off the old valance with needle nose pliers
    • Pull the plastic rivets out of the valance stiffener with needle nose pliers
    • Pull the stiffener off the old valance
    • Push the clips onto the new valance
    • Put the stiffener onto place on the new valance
    • Push the plastic rivets into the new valance
    • Push on the fog light clips
    • Secure the fog light clips with a flat blade screwdriver
  4. step 4 :Installing the Valance
    • Pull back the license plate bracket
    • Slide the valance into place
    • Pop in the valance clips
    • Insert the nine 8mm bolts into the valance
  5. step 5 :Installing the Fog Lights
    • Put the fog lights into place
    • Insert the three 8mm screws for each fog light
    • Connect the fog light wiring harnesses

Tools needed for replacement

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

    Slip-Joint Pliers

    Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions

    Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    8mm Socket

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In this video we're going to be working with our 2001 Ford Ranger. We're going to show you how to remove and replace your lower bumper valance here. These tend to get cracked and damaged just from being the closest thing to the road on the front of the vehicle, so debris and things can get kicked up and break them. If you like this video please click subscribe. We have a ton of videos on this truck as well as many other makes and models. If you need this part for your vehicle you can follow the link down in the description over to 1AAuto.com. Here are the items you'll need for this repair.

On the back side of the fog light inside of the lower bumper valance we'll disconnect the electrical connector for the light and remove the three 8 millimeter screws around the housing. For this we'll use an 8 millimeter socket and ratchet. Be sure to keep one hand on the back of the fog light when removing the last bolt. Then remove the fog light from the valance. Repeat these steps on the opposite side.

Remove the nine 8 millimeter bolts securing the valance to the bottom of the bumper. There are five located in the center between the tow hooks and behind the license plate bracket if your vehicle has one, and one on either end by the fenders. We're using the long 8 millimeter socket and ratchet to remove all of this hardware. With your nine bolts removed, grab the end of the valance and pull straight out to release the tabs. We'll do this on either side.

Now we have a riveted license plate cover into our bumper, so we'll simply pull that back a little and unhook our valance from it so we can remove it from the truck.

Here we have our old lower bumper valance that we removed from our Ranger and our new part from 1AAuto.com. As you can see, they are upside down here, but they are exactly the same with the same fog light openings, the same air duct in the front, and the same fog light on the other side. It curls over the bumper the same way here. We have all the same mounting locations for our hardware. There are a couple of minor things we're going to have to change onto our new part from our old part. That is the clips for our fog lights and these stiffeners here, which just have a plastic rivet securing them to the bottom of the valance to help it keep its shape. We'll also have to change over the snap clips on the outside edges where it snaps into the bumper. This new part from 1A Auto is going to go in direct fit just like your original equipment, and fix you up right.

There's a few ways to remove all of these metal clips we'll be changing out on this bumper. I like to use a pair of needle nose pliers for these style. Grab the end and kind of spread them and slide them off at the same time. To remove the fog light clips, pry up on this center section and twist it onto the plastic to keep the tab down. Hook your needle nose pliers in from the back here. You don't really care about this valance since we're changing it, so you can just work them off. Repeat that process for the remaining clips on both sets of fog lights. As for the plastic rivets securing this stiffener in place, you can get new ones and just cut these off. If you use a bolt they don't really sit flush against the bottom of the bumper, so you can take that same pair of pliers we've been using for everything else, grab this bottom piece, and pop it, and push the tabs together. When we reinstall you'll simply push that ribbed stud in the middle there back up into the rivet until it's secure.

To reinstall the clips for the outer edges of the valance, they simply pop on just like that. You'll see they have little teeth on them on the inside. This prevents them from pulling off forward. Our stiffener has one round hole while the rest are oblong. We'll start with that one to get the alignment correct. Collapse the tabs, push it through. Keep your thumb on the head of the rivet to keep it in place, and then work that bottom end in until it locks in tight. You can use a pair of slip jaw pliers if that helps. Do the same thing for the other rivet. Get it started by hand, drive it in the rest of the way with our pliers. It's on there nice and tight now. On the last hole, we have a bolt going through.

Take these speed nuts for the fog lights, push them over the opening. You can use a small flat blade screwdriver to push this inner ring down and keep it secured in there. If they're a little loose you can grab the ends and squeeze them together with a pair of pliers. Don't go crazy here just because the old ones tend to be pretty brittle; we don't want them to break. Repeat this process for all the hardware on the opposite side.

We'll start by hooking the valance back under our license plate cover. Move over to the side, put the alignment tabs in, and snap the clips back into place. Do the same thing on the other side. Reinstall your nine 8 millimeter screws with a socket and ratchet.

Install your fog light assembly into the valance. Start your three 8 millimeter screws by hand. Once you've got the screws started, tighten them down with an 8 millimeter socket and ratchet. Reinstall the electrical connector and repeat these steps on the opposite side.

Thanks for watching. Visit us at 1AAuto.com for quality auto parts, fast and free shipping, and the best customer service in the industry.

Tools needed for replacement:

    Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Slip-Joint Pliers
  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 8mm Socket


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