Replacing the bumper on the rear of your Jeep Cherokee can renew the look of the Jeep if the rear bumper has a lot of damage or rust showing on it. The rear bumper is made of steel; it is held in place by two mounting brackets, which are located between the bumper and rear of the Jeep. Chrome or painted bumpers can be used as replacements for the Jeep's bumper; they are available at most Jeep dealers or at many salvage yards (in good, but used condition).
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Things you need
- Jack stands
- Socket set
- Torque wrench
Raise the rear of your Jeep Cherokee with a jack and support it by placing a set of jack stands under the rear axle. Remove the jack when the Jeep is sitting securely on the jack stands.
Locate the mounting bolts for the rear bumper by looking up from below the bumper. Four bolts on each side hold the bumper and brackets affixed to the rear of the Cherokee’s body.
Remove the two lower mounting bolts on each side of the bumper, using a socket and ratchet. If they are rusty, you may need to spray them with penetrating oil before attempting to remove them.
Remove the two upper mounting bolts on each side of the bumper, using a socket and ratchet, then pull the bumper off the body. Position the new bumper up against the body and install the two upper mounting bolts on each side of the Jeep. Do not tighten them yet.
Install the two lower mounting bolts of each side of the bumper, then tighten all four mounting bolts on each mounting bracket, using a ratchet and socket. Torque the mounting bolts to 18.6 Kilogram-feet, using a torque wrench.
Raise the Jeep off the jack stands, using the jack, then remove the stands from under it to lower your Cherokee back to the ground.
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