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Cadillac STS Forum - 2005 through 2012 Discussion, bumper cover removal in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; my headlight has water in it and i know you have to remove the front bumper cover to get the ...
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    guitarocker420 is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
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    bumper cover removal

    my headlight has water in it and i know you have to remove the front bumper cover to get the headlight out

    does anyone know the steps to removing the front bumper cover

    thanks for your help

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    HexWarrior5 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Re: bumper cover removal

    same problem for me after I did an HID upgrade...luckily after all the times, I got pretty good at taking that bumper off

    1) Take off all engine cover pieces (3) and remove all push-in retainers holding the bumper to the engine bay front frame
    2) Take off each front wheel (some people don't do this...for my hands and arms I had no other choice)
    3) Take out all the push-in retainers on the plastic wheel well on each side
    4) Take out all of the push-in retainers on the bottom plastic piece of the bumper, it's a cover that protects the inner parts from road elements
    5) There is one bolt on each side holding the bumper to the fender; use a ratchet and take out this bolts
    6) That should be it for the bumper, just remember to disconnect the wiring adapters for the fog/signal light assemblies
    7) After the bumper is off, you'll see the three locations with bolts holding each headlight assembly in place, remove these bolts and slide the assembly out (don't forget to disconnect the wiring adapter for these as well)

    That's it!!!

    As for the condensation problem, you have to remove all dust covers on the headlight assembly and air it out for a while, preferably in the sunlight and some forced draft from a fan will expedite the process...after these is complete and you're 99% certain there is no more water/moisture in the assembly, bolt the dust covers on and use a silicone sealant to seal the edges around the lense and perhaps around the dust cover gaskets/seals if there dried out or crappy...that should do it!!! It's not too hard, first time will take a while though so do it on a day you plan to not use your car too much, especially because you have to allow time to dry out the headlight assembly...weekend works the best if you work full time during the week...any other questions man, feel free to ask...hope I could help!

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    Re: bumper cover removal

    Yea instead of removing both the front wheels just turn the wheels all the way one way and you will have a lot of room to work.

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    Re: bumper cover removal

    Nice write-up. Takes a lot of the "fear" out of it.

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    Re: bumper cover removal

    If you have the equipment to easily remove the front tires, by All Means - Do It There is really no good reason to work around them if you don't have to....

    On the other hand, if you only have the jack & lug wrench that came with the car, you'd be better off leaving on the ground

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    Re: bumper cover removal

    thanks for the help i only have the jack and stuff i figured i could jack up each side while taking off the wheel well covers damn those 22s
    also the car wont be moving until i get a new rim hopefully itll be in sometime next week, bent one on I85 on the 14th hopefully SC wont be Dbags about it and will cover the costs they are sending me some forms so they can investigate and ill be filling out the forms when they get here

    i had a hid upgrade in august but it just happened about 2 weeks ago so idk if that had anything to do with it

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    Re: bumper cover removal

    This is a big, heavy car. A jack is only meant to lift and lower. Get some jack stands for safety.

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    Re: bumper cover removal

    is there a certain type of silicone that i should use

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    Re: bumper cover removal

    I got mine from lowes, just basic LocTite Clear Silicone Sealant Adhesive...it's been weeks and so far (knock on wood!) no more condensation! The link of the product is below:

    http://www.lowes.com/pd_176219-69-01...8&Ntt=silicone sealent&Ntk=i_products&pl=1&currentURL=/pl__0__s?newSearch=true$Ntt=silicone sealent$y=0$x=0&spellCorrectedTerm=silicone sealant

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    Re: bumper cover removal

    Fantastic advice - instructions to remove front bumper work exactly as described. Much easier to change light bulbs in headlights. Couldn't get the wiring harnesses off the fog light and headlight assemblies, but there is more than enough slack to do what you need to do. Thanks HexWarrior5!

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    Re: bumper cover removal

    Good info...

    The light that is located at the bottom corner of the headlight went out so now I plan on changing all my bulbs while I have em out...In addition my driver side fog ligh keeps burning out...It's burned out twice and the passenger one is doing fine...any ideas why??

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    Re: bumper cover removal

    So after you remove the bumper what directions did you take to dry out any water inside etc?

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    Re: bumper cover removal

    There's a thread on refurbing the headlight assemblies. Water will cause bulb failures. Fingerprints will, too.

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