BMW Cars 1999-06

Bumpers

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Removal & Installation



Front
  1. Disconnect the wiring from the turn signals. On the M3, unscrew the splash shield.
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  3. Remove the covers to access the bumper shock to bumper mounting bolts. The mounting hardware on the M3 is a nut instead of a bolt.
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  5. Remove the mounting hardware and remove the bumper.
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  7. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Torque to 35 ft. lbs. (48 Nm).
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  1. Pull the left side rubber bumper trim strip off the bumper. Remove the nuts.
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  3. Remove the right side towing eye cover and remove the nuts.
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  5. Disconnect the outside temperature sensor.
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  7. Remove the bolts holding the covers at both sides, bottom of the bumper.
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  9. Remove the bolts in the wheel wells and remove the bumper.
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  11. Replace the bumper brackets, if damaged.
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To install:

  1. Install the bumper and replace the wheel well bolts. Install the bottom covers.
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  3. Connect the temperature sensor. Install the nuts and the towing eye cover. Torque the nuts to 35 ft. lbs. (48 Nm).
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  5. Install the nuts and the left side rubber bumper trim strip with new mounting tape. Torque the nuts to 35 ft. lbs. (48 Nm).
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Fig. The bumper mounting nuts are under the bumper trim

Rear
  1. Remove the bumper mounting bolts.
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  3. Pull the bumper up and off.
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  5. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Torque the bolts to 35 ft. lbs. (48 Nm).
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  1. Remove the screws from the lower rear panel and pull the panel off towards the rear.
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  3. Remove the bumper cover bolts from inside the rear wheel wells.
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  5. Remove the bumper mounting bolts and pull the bumper off.
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  7. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Use new coated bolts or apply threadlocker to the old bolts. Torque the bolts to 35 ft. lbs. (48 Nm).
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