Prius Rear Bumper Cover loose and gap?

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Care, Maintenance & Troubleshooting' started by prius_speed, Jun 29, 2013.

  1. Ballbearing

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    I have the same exact issue...I found all of the previous four pages of information super helpful.

    I then came across a video on Youtube where this guy had a clever and easily doable solution for this problem. I'm going to attempt it and post before & after pics. Similar to the Kenstyle fix.

    Enjoy;

     
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  2. Chucklong

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    Not sure if I’m doing this correctly, but here I go; has anybody gotten the dimension from the Ken Style bumper bracket? I’m looking to make exact copies. If anyone could help me out I would appreciate it.
     
  3. Steven Kopacz

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    C4B79F2A-FA1A-4E1A-AFC0-EC3D434F1305.jpeg I believe I have found the easiest and cheapest solution. Part can be bought at Home Depot or Lowe’s.

    Everbilt Clear Bumpers 1/2” x 1”

    Both sides of my bumper where hanging off because the clips weren’t “locking” in.

    To fix I cut each clear bumper in half (long ways) otherwise the bumpers push the actual bumper out. I put them where the clips need the extra “push” up. Used a flathead screw driver to secure the sticky side down and then popped the bumper back on. There bumpers are soft enough to budge a little which is why how thick they are works perfectly.

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    Steven, can you elaborate on how you did this? Thanks.

     
  5. CR94

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    I just brought my long-saggy bumper cover up where it belongs, using polyaramide twine from a bicycle tire bead and an eyebolt. The twine ties the rear of the bracket at the top of the bumper cover to the eye of the eyebolt. Threaded end of the eyebolt is through a hole drilled in bottom of the cover, with a nut underneath to pull it up tight. Works well, so far. Cost: $1 for the eyebolt.
     
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  6. Steven Kopacz

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    Super straight forward. I cleaned the area of the actual car bumper, cut the rubber bumpers in half- long ways, stuck it to the spots where the clips needed a “lift” to lock in. Did it 4 spots on each side and it worked like a charm. Took 10 mins
     
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    0686D331-7EAF-4F5F-95A3-326F21D2FE34.jpeg Hi there. I am pretty much clueless when it comes to cars and the other day I kind of drove off the side of a curb when parallel parking. I checked my bumper and it’s now loose and there is a bit of gap. I am a new driver and a little paranoid that it is going to fall off if I go to fast. Can I try and just pop it back into place or something? thanks
     

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  8. Mendel Leisk

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    Try pushing up-and-in at the back corners. It's not going to fall off; inside the hatch opening there's a screw at the corner: it'll still be solid.

    But yeah, it's a pretty sorry situation, the "bumper" can barely support itself. Look through this thread: there's shimming fixes. I haven't bothered, and on ours the gap increases, front-to-back, quite noticeably.
     
  9. CR94

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    Typical, because the cover is reasonably well supported up front near the wheel. Near the corner it is unfortunately not. I used strong string to tie mine up. (See previous post above.)
     
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    I’ve been letting mine sag and pop out towards the front of the rear bumper for a while. I always just walk by and tap it back it with my hand. If it’s a warm day, it just pops back out again. Like others have pointed out, the culprit is the the thin, malleable, plastic where it clips in. After checking out what some others have done, I got to work. I used a couple of old hotel door key cards, double sided taped them together for extra thickness, and then double sided tape on one side of the outside of the cards and cut them to fit where the tabs are. Once I popped everything stuck into place, it was better, but the back corner was still a little off. I removed the bumper cover screws in the back and popped it out more. There’s two more clips on either side, under the tail lights. They also had some sag to them, a little bit of play. I used what I had left of my “shims” and placed these behind the brackets to stiffen them up. This was helpful too. Finally, the grommet type washer around the screws that hold the bumper cover on in the back had a lot of play in them. For now, I just wrapped a little bit of double sided tape around those to fit the space better and lessen the play in the bumper cover. It is much better than before. I may still get a couple bumper cover quick disconnect clips that you see on people’s cars, usually on the front, but attach them to bumper cover near the rear screw and tail light. This will give a little bit more lift and tighten it up, while staying concealed. BF333F33-D1A3-4169-A3AE-B024EACC00C0.jpeg 50AC0C50-E201-449B-963F-7E387314DC6B.jpeg 77ED7207-5E38-4BCB-B30D-6171AFCC8AA0.jpeg F1C2FD60-2BF1-4484-9398-586C8F6EF716.jpeg 8D94E37E-7DD3-408E-9386-E3654939EF92.jpeg 18B8B52E-EF16-4020-8491-743A7A0DAEF7.jpeg 9B36BBCC-8103-446E-8CD3-12708A302F1D.jpeg A90A9CD2-72A8-4662-9822-03BB3E7C6688.jpeg 57BA9F4A-E52D-42A1-9F0E-4C2B0D497099.jpeg D38446B7-9FFF-4DA8-9AE3-BD7D017D9FE3.jpeg D62A7079-9B42-4147-A54A-4CA86F53594A.jpeg
     
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