2001 S40 Bumper Replacement

Discussion in 'Volvo S40' started by Zack Kennedy, Feb 26, 2005.

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    Zack Kennedy Guest

    As a result of a minor accident, my 18 son now has a 2001 S40 with a
    cracked bumper cover. It was a slow speed accident that did not do
    any major damage (at least that is apparent) but it looks as if the
    bumper cover will need to be replaced. From the searching I have
    done, it looks like there is an "internal" reinforced bumper that is
    covered by the bumper cover. Aside from the broken pieces and the
    fact that the bumper has been pushed/moved about 1/2 inch from where
    it was, it doesn't appear to be too bad. My question is in reference
    to how big a deal is it to replace a bumper cover? Is it one piece or
    is it made up of several parts? Since there was no airbag deployment,
    can I basically assume that there was no damage to the internal
    bumper? SInce it happened last night I have not had a chance to look
    too closely at it. I'll do that today. I am not beyond trying to fix
    this myself but without a little more knowledge of what I am possibly
    getting into, I don't want to end up in a situation beyond my ability
    to fix. If it is something that can get complicated or require
    special tools, I'll probably just take it to a repair shop.

    Thanks for any insights.
     
    Zack Kennedy, Feb 26, 2005
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    Mike F Guest

    Behind the bumper cover are 3 pieces of impact absorbing plastic or
    foam, behind them a metal bar or 2 that support them. Depending on the
    hit, all of that stuff could be damaged or bent, in addition to the
    brackets that attach it all to the frame rails, and maybe even the
    collapsible area of the frame too. This all works as a system, and is
    designed to absorb energy, not limit damage. To determine just how
    serious it is, you need someone with experience to look at it. Most
    body shops will give free estimates, that might be a good place to
    start.

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    Mike F.
    Thornhill (near Toronto), Ont.

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    Mike F, Feb 28, 2005
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    Zack Kennedy Guest


    Thanks for the info...exactly what I was looking for...I was guessing
    that this was a job for an experienced body person.
     
    Zack Kennedy, Feb 28, 2005
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    Glenn Klein Guest

    If you feel comfortable you can do this repair your self as the other
    posters have said it can not hurt to get an estimate from @ least 2
    local body shops if they both state that just the cover is all then do
    it your self & save yourself some $$ even if the foam absorber is
    damaged it is easy to change once the cover is off
    Glenn
    ASE Certified Automotive Technician
    Volvo Master Technician

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    "*-344-*Never Forgotten"
    Is for the New York City Firemen who lost their lives on September 11,2001.
    The official count is 343, but there was also a volunteer who lost his life
    aiding in the initial rescue efforts. And I will never forget them as
    long as I live,
    nor should any American.
     
    Glenn Klein, Mar 1, 2005
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