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Old 10-03-2012, 03:11 PM   #1
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bumper retainers?? what do i need to fix this ?

ok so there is a gap between the bumper and the taillight ,

not sure what happened but id like to fix , anyone have an idea as to what id need ? this gap is not on the other side , the gapped side also moves up and down quite freely which leads me to believe some kinda pin or screw im now missing?

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On mine, hatchbacks, the bumper foam is what holds the cover in position. There are 2 plastic pins that hold the foam in place, and for the life of me I couldn't figure out how to remove them, ended up tearing a hole in the foam.

All I can say is to remove the bumper and see what's back there, or not.
Don't "think outside the box".
There is no box.
Do it correct, or do it twice.
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Either that or look at the plastic push clips that hold cover to the fender inside trunk. They look to be relaxing (at least the back one) in the pic. Those pushpins are Ford's best friend at assembly time but very often out in the field they and parts they're holding relax from heat and vibration to make for a need to tighten things up. Sometimes just changing pins won't work, I've had to resort to inserts (expanding nuts?) similar to sheetrock mounting stuff to use a bolt to positively hold part in place.

Some jerk kissed my son's '12 Nissan on opposite side to fold in the bumper cover inside out right there at your pic location, his crack was much wider. I had to remove bumper cover and using a heat gun push the cover back out and then had to replace the pushpins at fender to bumper with rivets drilled inside. The pushpins had yielded the holes too big from the stress. When all done you could not tell car was even touched since it was new and paint very flexible to be able to take me manhandling it. $1000 damage fixed for free...........of course I made him buy me steak dinner that nite.
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