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just cleaned the car as i do on Sundays and the bumper is really low i have 2-3 inch or movement up and down so much so i thought it was open bonnet, It really is sagging horibly, so i just need to know how to check its bolts are fully tightened so there is no movement



how many bolts in total

where they are

any special issues i may come across

any specialist tools i may need as i only have a basic set allen keys hex bolts and sockets / extrensions
 

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1 screw in each wheelarch fastening the bumper to the wheel arch liner
1 screw on the underside of the bumper going into each wheel arch liner
1 screw through each plastic engine bay liner into the bumper
1 10mm hex bolt in front of and below each headlamp ( look at the cutout in the bumper ).

Undo the multiway connector slightly hidden by the bumper side just under the nearside headlamp and in front of the washer bottle.

Pull bumper off.

Make sure you don't lose the small plastic 'nuts' in the wheel arch liners that the screws go into.

You'll probably need a helper to get it back on as it is difficult to get the bumper edges onto the plastic guides.

In this photo -
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you can see the multiway connector with its orange seal at the extreme right. The connector is normally mounted to that tiny black plastic clip pushed into a hole in the steel approximately 45° up and left of the connector ( just below the engine bay liner ).

The complex looking plastic moulding next to the connector is the plastic guide for the bumper ends.

The bar sticking out under the headlamp is the bumper mounting iron.
 

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The only tricky bit is having a suitable 10mm hex bit ( they'll be tight ) and getting it back on ( much easier with a helper ).
 

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do the headlamps or washer bottle have to come out to gain access to anything hidden bolts wise ??
 

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No. No need to touch headlamp or washer bottle.

There's a cutout in front of each headlamp that allows access to the main bolts.
 

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ok again it seems your speeking from many instances of tackling such a job i am more confident than i was

thank you
 

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Yeah, a few times! Twice when preparing and rebuilding the car for its respray. And more recently to investigate my aircon retro-fit project.

One other thing. If your car still has its engine undertray, you'll need to ensure that it locates with the bumper properly when refitting the bumper ( the lip of the undertray rests on the bumper edge ).
 

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Seems right in the middle of the dip by the alfa grill us where i can move the whole bumper up and down 2 inch gap between bumper and bonnet


no undertray
 

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One other thing, although pkr has covered 99% off everything. The bumper Irons have a further screw that can be adjusted up/down and are used to adjust/close gaps. I forget the size but the size is a one off purchase and you will need to remove the irons and apply considerable amounts of +Gas and heat and then mount the the iron head in a vice and get yourself a large breaker bar and attempt to free the adjuster. DO NOT attempt this without the bumper iron head in a vice otherwise it will shear.
 

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does this mean then i can tighten what i need to tighten from within engine compartment ???
Not sure on the fix I just cant think what else would cause that amount of movement. The mountings are solid looking things, I can't imagine how they could fail. I've never found the adjuster bolt that gets mentioned. Perhaps pkr can tell us
 

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