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Old 03-28-2012, 08:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How to remove rear bumper cover?

Hello All,

I have a 2012 Camry and was wondering how to remove the rear bumper cover? Someone backed into me so I have a shallow dent I want to pop out of the plastic.

Thanks!
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Hello All,

I have a 2012 Camry and was wondering how to remove the rear bumper cover? Someone backed into me so I have a shallow dent I want to pop out of the plastic.

Thanks!


REMOVAL
1. REMOVE REAR BUMPER PLATE LH



(a) Using a screwdriver with the tip wrapped with protective tape, disengage the 2 claws. (open the trunk and the are on the bottom corners where the trunk closes)

HINT:

Tape the screwdriver tip before use.

(b) Disengage the hook and remove the rear bumper plate LH.



(a) Put protective tape around the rear bumper assembly.

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Protective Tape




(b) Using a clip remover, remove the 2 clips. (at the rear of the wheel well)


(c) Remove the 6 screws. (bottom side of the bumper)



(d) Remove the 2 screws.

then lightly pull to detatch the clips along the sides... i don't suggest doing this if you haven't before due to me seeing so many break the tabs.

sorry for the write up as i copy/pasted from the manual. if i can get the pics online ill post em.
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Thanks, that would be very helpful. I have never owned a Toyota until now.
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Hello All,

I have a 2012 Camry and was wondering how to remove the rear bumper cover? Someone backed into me so I have a shallow dent I want to pop out of the plastic.

Thanks!
I have the same question and am at the side-clips-unclipping stage. I watched the video by Tom Lightspeed for a 2011, but 2012 appears to differ. Toyoforman describes pulling outward (as opposed to downward like for the 2011), using caution not to break, which seems right but needs more force than I've been willing to apply. So, exactly how does the bumper unclip?
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You do pull outward to release the cover. Here are some pics:






Now the tab under the tail light:



With the cover partially loose, you can reach your arm underneath to push the tongue on the tab downward to release. Here is the mount you'll be feeling for:


Here is the mid section of the cover (under the license plate). Two tabs on the left and 2 tabs on the right are not quite symmetrical: the right tabs are more rightward.



Here's why I was removing the cover. It's a rear-facing horn. (If you're wondering why the horn, imagine you're in rush traffic with a person behind you on the phone or fiddling with the radio, and you've stopped but they haven't noticed yet....) The battery in the trunk made it easy.


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Not a bad idea on the back horn. lol I would use it for pranks lol
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The side of the bumper was as you said, gently pull outwards, here is a pic of the rail the side bumper clips to


My clip tabs on the bumpers rear corners below the tail lamps were not as defined as yours and they were very flimsy and did nothing when I pushed up on them other than flex. I kept moving it up and down until it released.

Here is a pic of the corner mount bracket the bumpers rear corner tabs hook into (it has a top and bottom tab and I still don't know how I got it to release the bumpers corner clips pictured above


It took 2 of us after releasing the sides and the rear corners of the bumper to lift up on the bumper and push in to release from the fixed rail it attaches to. Here is the bumper tabs first

Here is the fixed rail at the center of the bumper. There are 4 little tabs that hook through the bumpers tabs
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