Page 3 of 3 FirstFirst 123
Results 21 to 27 of 27

Thread: Does anyone know how to fix this bumper dent? Update: solved!

  1. #21
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Location
    Portland, OR
    Country
    United States
    Posts
    150
    Garage empty: add car
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 12 Times in 11 Posts
    How is your deductible? I would just pay the $200 and let the insurance pay your auto body guy. That is why we pay for insurance, after all . Make sure they use factory parts.
    Otherwise, if you are Handy, or know someone that is, for less than $100 you could go find one wrecked and pull a fender and install it. My buddy did that for me on my 87 Chevrolet Sprint. It was like $30-$40. Found a car the same color, it almost matched perfectly even though it was a 12 year old car. They are out there, just search on line through local dismantlers and Pic No Pulls.



  2. #22
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Location
    ab
    Country
    Canada
    Posts
    1,058
    Garage empty: add car
    Thanks
    424
    Thanked 611 Times in 346 Posts
    Why change the fender when the bumper has a dent? The bottom corner of the rad support gets pushed when you hit a pothole or parking curb putting pressure on the bottom rear edge of the bumper, then it bends/creases at the weakest part which is always near where it clips on near the fender. I'm seeing this on more cars now. You can look under the front at the lowest point under the front of the car, there is one bolt that goes straight up on each corner with a 12mm head I believe? If yours is bent the bolts might be bent back a bit. I can tell when I change oil cause it's noticeably tighter to get my arm between the rad hose to get the oil filter off from below. The real fix is to pull the bumper cover and then pull the bottom corner of the rad support back. It's pretty easy thin metal and easy to pull back into place.

  3. #23
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Location
    ab
    Country
    Canada
    Posts
    1,058
    Garage empty: add car
    Thanks
    424
    Thanked 611 Times in 346 Posts
    Here are some pics of where the rad support gets bent and causes the bumper to bend where it meets the fender I noticed there are 2 unused pigtails on the drivers side. One for fog lights and the other for??? Name:  IMG_0472[1].jpg
Views: 105
Size:  93.0 KB Name:  IMG_0473[1].jpg
Views: 104
Size:  88.9 KB Name:  IMG_0474[1].jpg
Views: 105
Size:  90.8 KB Name:  IMG_0475[1].jpg
Views: 106
Size:  93.9 KB It doesn't look pushed back too bad but it's enough to make it tough to get the oil filter out from below. The rad hose is pushed pretty close to it.

    Damn pics rotated on me again. Sorry, just cock your head to the left.

  4. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Fummins For This Useful Post:

    Cobrajet (03-24-2018),MetroMPG (08-06-2018)

  5. #24
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Location
    ab
    Country
    Canada
    Posts
    1,058
    Garage empty: add car
    Thanks
    424
    Thanked 611 Times in 346 Posts
    I gave up on trying to fix the pictures, they keep spinning when I upload them...


    I just tried a quicker way to fix this. Remove the 12mm bolt on the bottom of the rad support that points straight up. (Rather, the bolt that should point straight up but is now bent towards the rear of the car...) If it's been smashed too hard or too many times you'll need a 13mm or 1/2 socket.
    Find a longer bolt, I had a spare belhousing or starter bolt that has the same threads. Now find a washer or 2. Now find something like a ratchet strap, chain or cable to secure to the longer bolt and thread it back into the rad support. Name:  IMG_1884[1].jpg
Views: 60
Size:  88.8 KBName:  IMG_1885[1].jpg
Views: 59
Size:  90.0 KBHook the other end of whatever you managed to find to something that won't move. Like a fire hydrant, neighbors pickup truck, a tree or a building? I ended up driving the car onto a 4 post hoist and hooked up a chain to that. Remove the slack and stand on or pull on your strap/chain/cable til the bolt points straight up and down. Now take a heat gun or hair dryer and heat up the bumper a little bit and bend it back into place. Or if you're lucky enough it'll just go to almost normal on it's if you fix it quick enough.
    before: Name:  IMG_1877[1].jpg
Views: 60
Size:  89.4 KB
    After: Name:  IMG_1889[1].jpg
Views: 59
Size:  83.5 KB It's not perfect but it'll likely happen just again in a week. And this fix took under 10mins.

  6. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Fummins For This Useful Post:

    inuvik (08-06-2018),MetroMPG (08-06-2018),Top_Fuel (08-07-2018)

  7. #25
    Administrator MetroMPG's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    1000 Islands, Ontario
    Country
    Canada
    Posts
    6,822
    Thanks
    2,335
    Thanked 1,907 Times in 1,170 Posts
    Awesome - thanks, Fummins!

    Seems like this will be a common bit of damage. Nice to see a fix.

        __________________________________________

        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2014 Mirage base ES 1.2 manual: 54.0 mpg (US) ... 23.0 km/L ... 4.4 L/100 km ... 64.9 mpg (Imp)


  8. #26
    Moderator inuvik's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Coos Bay, OR
    Country
    United States
    Posts
    2,104
    Thanks
    1,673
    Thanked 726 Times in 524 Posts
    Yeesh, what are those hooligans doing up there to bend front bumpers and fenders on a weekly basis?

        __________________________________________

        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2015 Mirage ES 1.2 automatic: 40.6 mpg (US) ... 17.3 km/L ... 5.8 L/100 km ... 48.8 mpg (Imp)


  9. #27
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Location
    ab
    Country
    Canada
    Posts
    1,058
    Garage empty: add car
    Thanks
    424
    Thanked 611 Times in 346 Posts
    It's from smashing into parking curbs. I've never had it happen to me but apparently parking curbs must be the same height as the bottom of the rad support. I've seen a dozen or so cars with the bumper popped out on one or both corners. They also seem to catch the curbs when backing away from them, breaking the tabs off the bottom of the bumper cover. People don't care when it's not there's.



Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •