Car Owners: It is Important To Rotate Your Tires Regularly

After I bought my first car, I have to admit that I never knew the importance of tire rotation. I learned my lesson the hard way when the tread of my front tires wore down very quickly, while my back tires were still in great shape. I thought that the traction of the back two would make up for the front two. I learned I was very wrong one day when I slammed on my breaks while driving in the rain. I rear-ended the vehicle in front of me. Thankfully, no one was injured. However, I learned that if I had rotated my tires regularly, I could have avoided that accident. I know there are many new car owners who don't know much about cars, which have since became a passion of mine, so I decided to create a blog to share all my tips to help others!

How You Can Replace A Damaged Front Bumper Cover On A 2003-08 Toyota Corolla

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Winter road conditions can deteriorate within minutes and cause a lot of small fender benders. In some cases, the bumper cover gets ripped and damaged and may need to be replaced. This is a project that most car owners can do themselves in less than an hour. The hardest part may be finding a replacement bumper cover at a low cost. The best thing to do is call the auto salvage yards in your area to see if they have a bumper cover you can buy at a fraction of the cost of purchasing a new one. Once you get the replacement bumper cover, here is how you can replace the damaged one with it.

You Will Need:

  • Small Flathead Screwdriver
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • 10mm Socket
  • Ratchet

Remove Screws

The bumper cover is held onto the bumper with screws and clips. There are five screws on each side of the bumper cover that you have to remove and three clips called connectors in the middle of the bumper. Start on the passenger side of the car by removing the screws in the wheel well. The first screw is located at the bottom edge of the bumper cover and can be easily seen. The second screw is located at the top of the bumper cover. You have to pull back on the lining in the wheel well to expose this screw. You need to use a socket to remove these screws.

The third and fourth screws are located on the underside of the front of the car where the bumper cover bends around the bumper. Remove these screws with a socket and ratchet. There is also a screw at the top left-hand side of the bumper cover at the edge of the grille. You will need a Phillips screwdriver to remove this screw. The screws are placed in the same manner on the driver's side of the car.

Remove Connectors

You now need to remove the connectors. The first two connectors are on the underside of the bumper near the middle of the front of the car. The bumper cover has "wings" that go under the car. The connectors are at the end of the wings. The third connector is located in the middle of the top of the bumper just above the grille. Slide the tip of the small flathead screwdriver under the cap on the connectors and pop them up to expose the stem under the cap. Grab the stem and pull the connector off of the car.

Take off Bumper Cover

Go to the edge of the bumper cover by the wheel well and pull the cover toward you. The bumper cover will come right off. You will see the bumper and a couple of Styrofoam blocks that you will set the new cover on as you install it onto the car.

Install New Bumper Cover

Position the bumper cover on the Styrofoam blocks on the bumper so the connector hole on top of the cover lines up with the hole on the car. Push the connector down through the two holes to hold the bumper in place. Now replace all the screws and the other connectors in the reverse order you took them out to finish replacing the bumper cover. To find out more, speak with someone like Fox Valley Iron Metal & Auto Salvage Inc.


30 November 2016