Honda Element SC Rear Bumper Replacement

Making room to get under the car

Making room to get under the car

This article actually got started a few weeks prior when my wife was rear ended at a red light. The damage is not too bad, but since the car is new, we would like to replace all the parts to get it back to “like new” condition.

With that said, let’s get to it!

Tools for the job:

  • long flathead screwdriver
  • 12mm socket
  • 10mm socket
  • Philips screwdriver
  • Panel Popper

I started by lifting the car and once again assessing the damage.

There are two philips screws on each side of the rear bumper to remove.

Normally, there would be two bolts to remove below the tailgate, but the bumper skin was broke therefore these could stay until I get a replacement bumper cover. That being said the bumper just kind of pulls straight out. You can use a flathead screwdriver to help with the clips, some you will get to from laying under the car looking up.

Now we can see the damage to the ABS crash absorber and check for other damage.

Now for the unboxing of the new Bumper beam and crash absorber from I like the fancy padded wood.

Now I remove the absorber even though it’s not necessary. I didn’t realize this otherwise I would have left it attached to the bumper itself. I also remove the bumper, though it could have been repaired by bending the tabs and welding it back together.

This post is getting a little long, I’m going to have to finish up in part 2. Thanks for reading.

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