440 Bumper removal

Discussion in 'Volvo 440' started by Neil, Oct 4, 2005.

  1. Neil

    Neil Guest

    Hi all, I was wondering if any one could tell me how many bolts/screws there
    are holding the 440's bumper on and their locations if poss. many thanks.
    Neil, Oct 4, 2005
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  2. If I remember rightly, there are two blocks attached inside the bumper, one
    on each side. These blocks simply slide into brackets that are bolted onto
    the car. In fact, this is quite a good design: I caught the bumper on a
    wall, and rather than shattering or splitting, the bumper just slid out of
    these brackets and ended up on the floor. Obviously it takes some force to
    remove it.

    I think that there also a few bolts on the front/rear of the car holding the
    bumper in place (four?). You will need to look underneath with a torch.
    Finally, before removal, you will have to carefully remove the bolts
    (self-tappers) around the wheel arch and mudflaps. Make sure that the wheel
    casing and mudflaps are properly free or you'll break the plastic.

    Obviously most of these things will be caked in mud and road-grime, so be
    prepared to hunt around and get filthy!

    Hope that helps.
    Richard Carter, Oct 6, 2005
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  3. Neil

    Neil Guest

    Hi Richard, thanks for the info, I had a bit of an accident with a
    suicidal badger a few week ago and consequently I'm missing half my bumper.
    I've found a suitable replacement in the local scrap yard. The only problem
    is the car is sat on the floor with no wheels on. I was hoping it would be
    quite an easy job. Many thanks Neil
    Neil, Oct 6, 2005
  4. Neil

    Randy G. Guest

    Did you see the American le Mans series on Speed last weekend? One of
    the cars (an open cockpit, single-seat sports car) hit a woodchuck at
    about 180mph (the car, not the woodchuck). It exploded the headlight
    section of the body work. The woodchuck... the most dainty way I can
    put it- it was instantly liquified.

    __ __
    Randy & \ \/ /alerie's
    '90 245 Estate - '93 965 Estate
    "Shelby" & "Kate"
    Randy G., Oct 6, 2005
  5. Neil,

    If it's useful, I can check the locations of the screws on mine. I have a
    1995 440Si. Unless the bader was really daft, I presume we're talking about
    the front. It might be that the bolts are only on the back bumper so you can
    just tug it off. Obviously the donor car's mudflaps are also expendable.

    Will report back later.

    Richard Carter, Oct 8, 2005
  6. Neil,

    As i said, there are two blocks that are attached to the car which the
    bumper just slides onto. These are on the sides of the car just in front of
    the wheel arch and are the primary support. DON'T loosen any of the screws
    on these blocks or you'll rip them them off the car as you pull the bumper

    If you can, remove the screws around the front of the wheel arch casing that
    are attached to the edge of the bumper. If not, I suspect the wheel arch
    will break before the bumper does but keep an eye on these bits as you slide
    the bumper out. Might be handy to take a tough stanley knife with you to the

    Unfortunately, there should be three vertical screws to hold the
    centre-bottom of the bumper in place. These are evenly spaced (8 inches or
    so apart) and are only accessible from underneath the car. Mine are missing,
    but they look like they should be self tappers and only seem to be used to
    stop the bumper flapping about. With a firm enough tug, you could probably
    wrench them out of place. As my car proves, it's not essential to have them
    so if you damage all/some of the tabs, I suspect it wouldn't matter.
    Alternatively, you could easily come up with another method of re-attaching
    the bumper here.

    There are several interlocking plastic tabs around the front of the bumper
    that keep it in place. Even if you could get underneath the car, you're
    unlikely to find them all and would struggle to free them without cracking
    the plastic. Don't worry too much about these.

    The bumper is designed to be slid off forwards, so do as much of the above
    as possible before pulling. It's easiest to have two people, one on each
    side, to make sure that it comes off straight and level. It will take some
    considerable force to remove it, and it won't come quickly. The main
    resistance will be the innocent-looking screws on the plastic wheel arch
    casing that I mentioned in para 2.

    Good luck! Let us know how you get on.

    Richard Carter, Oct 8, 2005
  7. Neil

    Neil Guest

    Hi Richard, many thanks for making the effort of checking these things out
    for me. I'll be going to the scrap yard one night this week. I'll let you
    know what happens. Cheers Neil
    Neil, Oct 9, 2005
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