Originally Posted by elroy
alright so onto next problem, when trying to take off front bumper, got one bolt out but the second was rusted on and the head ended up snapping off. Is there any way to get the bolt out other than having to drill it out....it isn't exactly short. One of my rear ones are seized so im thinking i'll have to heat it, just have to be careful since the bumpers are plastic.
yup! had the exact same problem. There is a couple ways you can get around this problem: 1) don't bother trying to drill that one. You'll grow a beard btt you even remotely get to it.
Use a small screw driver and bend the tabs down trying not to break any to remove the rear center impact strip. You get access to the plastic rivets and if you pull the side covers back slightly you can access two more hidden. I believe this is also applicable on the front one too.
2) REAR bumper - get under the car and heat the nuts up good on the bumper shock mount and take your socket or wrench and remove the shock nuts. This will let you take the whole assembly out. Then you can work on getting the broken bolt or seized one out now that the bumper is off. 2 on the left are underneath the car and on the right one is underneath and one inside the trunk. once off you can also remove the bumper shock mounting plate from the back of the rebar if you find you can't work with enough space. this will leave you with the shock and mounting hardware together. then you can heat and hammer all you want. (Grin) after all, you'll probably be cursing and will need to vent all that anger off. LOL
It is kinda tight under there and you will have to loosen the exhaust straps and drop the muffler down to have better access.
Try not to heat as you'll most likely melt the plastic - trust me I'm speaking from experience.
one more thing. Don't bother going to the dealership for those studs. I almost farted a lung when they told me what each one cost.
I think it was either 20.00 or 70.00 for 1 bolt. You can probably size it up with something similar. Some were Hex and some models came Torx.