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Old 12-08-2005, 01:49 PM   #1
cbryand83
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Rear quarter. Seems to be simple fix, but I know nothing!

On the rear right quarter just behind my wheel, the bumper is somewhat separated from the body. I thought there was just a clip where I could clip the bumper back in, but it didn't work and there is still a small, but noticeable gap between the bumber and the rest of the body. If anybody knows a way that I can fix this rather easily, please let me know. Thanks!
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Old 12-09-2005, 02:15 PM   #2
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Like my car, yours may have taken a hi tin the rear bumper, or you or previous drier may have backed up into something hard. In that case, teh bumper will be forced into the car on the side with the trouble, and that pushes the rear lower quarter panel forward, disengaging it from the retaining clip. I have this problem too. I was able to force the lower quarter back a little, but since my car (with me driving) backed into a pole hard enough to dent the trunk lid, the bumper is permanently pushed in. The only way to do a proper fix is to have the bumper reset (there is actually a sort of shock absorber in there), and then the lower quarter panel can be pulled back into line and a new retaining clip will hold as designed. This repair will cost a lot, as the bumper must be removed and the shock absorber replaced. Sorry.
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Old 12-11-2005, 09:09 PM   #3
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ok, thank you for the help. i guess i'm going to take it in to have someone give me an estimate
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