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Old 01-02-2010, 02:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2000 E320 Front bumper cover removal

My dad has a 00 e320. Someone did a hit and run on him in the parking lot and his bumper got messed up. I ordered a new one and had it painted. I am not sure how to take his bumper off. I did some searching and there was a picture tutorial but it really dosent help all that much. I just want to get the bumper cover off not the actual metal bumper.

Does anyone have a tech guide or know step by step how to remove the front bumper cover?? This would help with anyone else who runs into the same issue as well. Or even somewhere where i could pay for the tech guide?? Thanks to whoever helps and give rep to anyone who helps =)

Trying to work on it tomorrow morning so need help fast!

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Old 01-02-2010, 02:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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by bumper cover you mean the impact strip? like this one in the picture Mercedes Benz E320 Replacement Bumper Trim - 2000-2002 Mercedes Benz E320 - Replacement M016101 ? i have replaced the rear bumper impact strip and that one just clips off, so i would imagine the front ones just clip off also, actually easier since there are 2 small impact strips for front bumper. a spatula might come in handy.
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Old 01-02-2010, 03:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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by bumper cover i mean the front bumper...the actual "bumper" is the metal behind the bumper...so the actual front bumper on the car needs to be removed. I have removed most bolts but seems like there are a few more.

So really just removing the front bumper...
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Old 01-02-2010, 03:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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hopefully this might help http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w210...ter-model.html
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Old 01-02-2010, 04:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
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yes, that is what i was using, but that really dosent help too much..its all pictures with no words. Like i have the lexus IS300 tech manual..which tells u the process from every little nut to every bolt, torque specs on all EVERYTHING. I was hoping to find something on here with word by word step process and locations on all the bolts. A couple of those pictures I am not sure where the location is... thats why i was looking for pictures with words and step processes. Wish there was a write up on it
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[QUOTE=JonnyD85;3906176 Like i have the lexus IS300 tech manual..which tells u the process from every little nut to every bolt, torque specs on all EVERYTHING. ([/QUOTE]

Ha, but that is because Lexus is meant for less intelligent drivers.
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Front Bumper replacement DIY

JohnnyD,

I replaced a front bumper on a 1997 E420 two months ago. Its straightforward, but you will need patience. Here are the steps used in this 4 hour job (if memory serves):

Tools
Jack + jackstands
wood chocks for rear tires
8mm socket and ratchet
10mm socket and ratchet
13mm socket
13mm box wrench
pliers
hammer
troublelight
Canvas or blanket

1) Disconnect battery.
2) Safety jack car, and place on jackstands.
3) Remove under engine cowling. 8mm
4) Remove under bumper cowling.
5) Remove side marker yellow lights (plastic finger clip is on inside, push the light outward)
6) Remove sidemarker bulb when light assembly is free of bumper
There are 4 bolts/nuts holding the front bumper in place. 13mm Two nuts are below the auxilary fan, and two bolts are at the ends of the bumper next to the sidemarkers.
7) Remove the bolts next to the sidemarkers.
8) Lift up the plastic screen in front of the aux fan (it pulls straigt up).The front bumper nuts are located at the lower left and right sides, barely visible below the aux fans. The only way I could access was by using a 5/8 inch box end wrench with a built in ratchet. (Huskey, Gearwrench and Craftsman all carry these type wrenches.) Remove nuts. The bumper will stay on because the bolts are threaded into the bumper.
9) Position 4x4 blocks directly below bumper.
10) With helper, pull bumper forward, and lay it down on blocks. Avoid having the bumper is now hang by foglight wiring.
13) Pull out the styrofoam padding behind the bumper to access foglight mounting hardware.
12) Remove foglight A-frames, each held in place with 10mm bolt and plastic snaps. (I broke the snaps, and just replaced with threadlocked machine screws during reassembly).
12) Remove whatever pieces from the bumper you plan on keeping to keep from scratching while you reassemble.
13) Lay the new bumper on blanket and put new pieces in place. (Bumper, valence, trim). The hardest part of this job is taking off the chrome and reinstalling. The spring clips need to be hammered out, and hammered back in. Best way to reinstall is to firmly compress clips with pliers beforehand.
14) Reassemble in the reverse steps. I don't have torque values, but in this non-critical application, just torque securely EXCEPT for the side bumper bolts.
15) You may need to line up the side bumper trim with the fender wheelwell. A helper makes this easier to pull/push the bumper while you secure the side bolts.

Let us know how it goes for you.
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Old 01-05-2010, 10:36 AM   #8 (permalink)
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that should definately be in the sticky... is the E420 have the same setup as the E320 as far as bumper removal goes?? I am not really sure if the setup is identical?
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Old 01-05-2010, 10:38 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Ha, but that is because Lexus is meant for less intelligent drivers.
lol...well it is more of a supra IS 300 =) I did a motor swap and put a supra motor in there =)
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What vintage supra motor? And... why?
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