How to Replace the Rear Bumper on an E46

Written by daniel valladares
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The rear bumper on your Mercedes-Benz E46 helps protect your vehicle from rear-end collisions. If you are involved in an accident and your rear bumper is damaged, you will want to replace it as soon as possible. Although it mighty take some time to replace the E46's rear bumper, is a simple and direct procedure. The bumper is held in place by three bolts on each side; once those are removed, you can slowly pull it off the E46. It should take you less than an hour to replace the rear bumper.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Socket wrench
  • Slotted screwdriver
  • Replacement rear bumper

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  1. 1

    Park your E46 on a flat surface, and engage the parking brake. Open the boot door.

  2. 2

    Remove the carpet from the boot, and remove the left and right plastic boot trays by pulling them straight up.

  3. 3

    Remove the three nuts from each bumper shock with a socket wrench. Remove the black bolts from the wheel wells. From each wheel well, pop out the hanger clip attached to the bumper with a slotted screwdriver. At this point, the bumper is ready for removal.

  4. 4

    Lift the bumper, and pull it off the rear of the vehicle. Slide a replacement bumper onto the rear of the vehicle.

  5. 5

    Reattach the hanger clip, and reinstall the six bolts. Tighten all bolts by reinstalling the nuts from the interior of the boot.

  6. 6

    Reattach the boot trays and the carpet. Close the boot.

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