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Old 06-19-2013, 08:39 PM   #1
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Help! E46 Front Bumper Adjustment - Bentley incorrect?

Alright fanatics, I need some help. I recently developed a 1/4" or so gap on the passenger side of my front bumper (2002 coupe here), and I'm having a hell of a time fixing it.


I have been reading about how to adjust the bumpers to eliminate sagging, and the first thing I tried was the sliding brackets behind the corner lights. This did approximately nothing.

My next step, according to the bentley manual, was to use a 14mm hex socket to adjust the height via the holes through which the bumper support bolts travel.

Seems pretty straightforward, right?

Here is the T50 torx bolt upon removal.

This leaves me with a hole in a metal support piece, through which I can see the hexagonal adjustment sleeve

But my 14mm hex socket doesn't fit through this round opening in the metal! It's close, but no way in hell is it getting through.

So, what gives? I'm following the bentley manual to the tee, and I'm at a bit of a loss now. I'm hoping to avoid taking off the entire bumper cover to adjust this, as I know that will be a much larger pain in the arse.

Has anyone else had this issue? Is the bentley referring to a different bumper? Am I retarded? Help would be much appreciated
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:05 PM   #2
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Update if anyone cares, I took the bumper off to access the alignment screws directly. Turns out, they are seized up and wont turn anyway. I shoved a 14mm hex key as far as it could push and the screw wouldn't budge, it just started stripping the hexagonal sleeve. I was able to mess with the alignment of my passenger side headlight though and with the help of a shim it's good and flush now.

In process

Aaaaand voila. Let's just hope I never have to adjust it for real, because those ****ers weren't budging.

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