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I have some damage to my rear bumper guard and need to replace it. Anyone have any recommendations for removing the damaged one. The bumper is not damaged.
 

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Sorry I don’t have the link at the moment but if you look up the trailer hitch installation instructions it walks you thru the removal.
Basically remove the mud flaps screws, pull out pins along the bottom, remove a screw on each side under the tail lights and pull the bumper cover outward. Don’t forget to disconnect the RAB and cross traffic sensors as you pull the cover off
 

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Sounds like the OP is not talking about the actual rear bumper but the "aluminum" colored bumper cover/guard.

If that's the case, the best way to remove it would be to either park it with the sun hitting the rear for a while or ideally use a hair dryer or heat gun to gently heat the cover (you are trying to heat up the adhesive tape that holds it down) making it easier to remove.

Then get some floss (NOT metal fishing line!) and slide it from one edge to the other underneath the cover, to cut through the adhesive tape. At the same time gently pulling the cover up as you move along.

Same idea as removing badges or emblems from cars.
 

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Sounds like the OP is not talking about the actual rear bumper but the "aluminum" colored bumper cover/guard.

If that's the case, the best way to remove it would be to either park it with the sun hitting the rear for a while or ideally use a hair dryer or heat gun to gently heat the cover (you are trying to heat up the adhesive tape that holds it down) making it easier to remove.

Then get some floss (NOT metal fishing line!) and slide it from one edge to the other underneath the cover, to cut through the adhesive tape. At the same time gently pulling the cover up as you move along.

Same idea as removing badges or emblems from cars.
Thanks for the reply. I will try that. I have removed emblems, but I usually spray the upper part with WD40, let it sit for awhile and it comes off easily. This is flat and the WD40 will not soak down easily. I will try that.
 

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Sounds like the OP is not talking about the actual rear bumper but the "aluminum" colored bumper cover/guard.

If that's the case, the best way to remove it would be to either park it with the sun hitting the rear for a while or ideally use a hair dryer or heat gun to gently heat the cover (you are trying to heat up the adhesive tape that holds it down) making it easier to remove.

Then get some floss (NOT metal fishing line!) and slide it from one edge to the other underneath the cover, to cut through the adhesive tape. At the same time gently pulling the cover up as you move along.

Same idea as removing badges or emblems from cars.
Thanks for the reply. I will try that. I have removed emblems, but I usually spray the upper part with WD40, let it sit for awhile and it comes off easily. This is flat and the WD40 will not soak down easily. I will try that.
No problem. The tape (3M by the way) is just two long strips the length of the cover, one at the top and the other along the bottom (running horizontally).
 

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I have some damage to my rear bumper guard and need to replace it. Anyone have any recommendations for removing the damaged one. The bumper is not damaged.
Severely damaged? Otherwise if just scratched or marred I would personally leave it to absorb more before you replace it. But to each their own.
 
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