Im sure at one time or another one of us 4th gen luders found ourselves in a slump when trying to change are headlights or removing the front bumper. And Searching forums and google found us nothing but people posting Honda instruction sheets that do nothing but confuse us even more.
So i have decided to help you guys out and make probably the first 4th Gen Front Bumper Removal DIY!
And Oh yeah I nor Preludezone are responsible for any damage you do to your own ride.
Things you will need:
- Phillips screw driver the skiny and long one.
- 2 Ratchets one with a 1/2 or 1/4 drive and the other one a 3/8 drive (Make sure the second one is a small ratchet since it will need to get in tight places)
- 12mm socket with a 1/2 inch drive
- Ratchet extensions for both of the ratchets.
- 10mm socket with a 3/8 drive and a 8mm with a 3/8 drive
- 12mm Combo wrench with optional ratchet.
- Optional WD40 or equal product
- Big towel or cardboard
Step 1: First pop your hood and you will see five clips with phillips heads on them remove all of them.
Step 2: remove the bolts that bolt from the grille to the actual bumper(aka those vent looking things on the front of the bumper next to the headlights) they are located in the grille they mount the grille to the bumper.
They are 10mm size bolts. And their is 3 of them one in the middle almost exactly behind the Honda logo on the bumper. the others are on the left and right about 6in away from each other.
Skip Step 3 if you don’t have lip on your OEM Bumper
Step 3: Remove any of the bolts that hold the lip to the rest of the car
Note: you don’t remove the whole lip off the bumper just the bolts that are on the sides of the bumper and lip. Around 3-4 bolts. Unless your like me and only have one bolt. Since mine never came with one i just added it.
Step 4: Remove the clips on the inner fender walls (aka splash shields) (JUST THE ONES THAT LOOK LIKE THEY HOLD On TO THE BUMPER) after that remove the bolt that attaches the bumper to the front fender. On my car you have the option of using either a 8mm socket or a phillips head screw driver. Either way remove it. Then slightly pull the side part of the bumper like so.
Step 5: Now just remove the front bumper lights (aka turn signals) the only tricky bolt on this is the one on the center bumper light since its kinda hidden unless you look for it. I recommend removing the side one first that way you see how the other one comes off.
Step 6 Optional: if you want you can either remove the grille vents off the grille mount (safer option). or start pulling the bumper from the under the grille (bit more tricky might mess up the paint or bumper. Its your choice i didnt care too much since i need a new bumper anyways.
Step 7: This will require some elbow grease for some of you. get your big ratchet with the 12mm socket and remove the 4 bolts on the lower portion of the bumper mount (2 on each side Driver/Passenger) They are one is located behind where the center bumper lights mounts. pics say 1000 words. Second on is a bit tricky to take since its kinda in a dark place unless you got a flash light. But its right on the other side of the mount.
Step 8 Optional: Remove your battery. Makes things a heck of alot easier. I don’t have a pic for this. Since its simple as pie at least for me its is. Just remember to remove the positive cable first and when installing do the same and add the positive first.
Step 9: OK this is where you will need that combo wrench. Remove the bolts that attach at the top. Their 2 in total on on each side. Behind the headlight bulbs.
Step 10: Get your towel or cardboard lay it on the ground and start pulling on the bumper towards you. Note: some of you may need a second hand on this. It ways any where from 20-25lbs.
Brief Headlight Removal
I’m not going to be as thorough as some of you may like but here are some pics on the bolts to look for. They are the silver bolts you will also need remove the grille from the headlights since they mount in two different places. One is just a clip.
You will also need to remove the corner lights first. only one bolt holds it in place plus one clip the rest is just maneuver them out of place. Bolt can be found near the first pics bolts. Its kinda hidden in a small hole.
If your wondering the bracket on pic two is broken but if it wasn’t their would be a bracket their where the bolt is.