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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-08-2010, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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Bumper repair question

Basically not even two weeks into having my Patriot, I discovered one morning that someone hit my vehicle overnight and disappeared. The dent is in the left corner of the rear bumper, no paint was removed, it is just concaved inward about the size of a basketball. A few weeks ago I went to the dealership to see how much it would cost to fix and they said the entire bumper had to be replaced, then quoted me at around $700.

I sincerely doubt the bumper needs to be replaced, can anyone confirm this and or provide a guess of how much it would cost someone to just bang the dent out of the plastic?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-08-2010, 10:18 PM
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I have a very simular dent in my drivers corner of my rear bumper. I went on a trip and came home to find a suprise. I havent got it fixed even a year after it happened. It wasnt worth the cost of replacing the whole bumper.
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couple of options

remove the bumper, put it on a soft sofa (or similar) and try and force the bumper back into shape from the inside using a large rounded thing - depends on what exactly you are trying to achieve, then use a hairdryer (again from the inside first) to heat the damaged section (should be able to get it almost back into proper shape) and hairdry from the outside if you are comfortable doing it

or buy a new bumper

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Here is another solution. If there is no crack in plastic, remove the bumper, fill up a tub with slightly hot water and put the damaged end into the water, try to force the damaged section back out. It worked perfectly for me once on Dodge Caravan. After it was done, you couldn't even tell that there was once a dent. So do what you're comfortable enough doing. Whatever you choose, I think, buying a new bumper should be your last option.

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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-09-2010, 11:57 AM
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My front bumper had a push in and I ended up buying a new $900 front bumper but just like you, I feel that it probably could of have been popped out. Doesn't hurt to try then if u fail get your new bumper
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I dont think on my bumper ill be albe to just pop it out and it will look good as new becuase there is wrikle in the paint at the point of contact which happens to be the point of the corner. I would be happy with making the lines match up. I can deal with a few wrinkcles.



You can barley see the problem. Its the drivers rear corner at the top.
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give it a go yourself - can't really make it any worse?





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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-09-2010, 05:18 PM
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I got quotes todayfor bothe the front and rear bumpers. Mainly for the front, but they were riduculous, so im gonna work on them this weekend instead.
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-09-2010, 06:27 PM
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After being rear ended in my Pat they just repaired the bumper cover (and bent back the metal bumper). There was a slight crack in it but it looks good as new now.

IMO you don't need a new bumper. I remember reading a thread on here about someone parking in the sun and the heat popped the dent out on its own. I would try that or the hair dryer idea if removing it yourself is not an option.

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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-09-2010, 07:24 PM
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Take the bumper off, and carefully from the inside, heat the area with a heat gun, or hair dryer, and see if it pops out easier.
When push comes to shove, you have to try something before 1st before deciding if you need to buy a new bumper, so its worth a shot
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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-04-2011, 10:24 PM
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Why won't you try to have some good repair tips or steps on your bumper, like what I found out here. I'm sure that this would help you out in all the things that you can do for your bumper.
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-07-2011, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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I never updated anything here but I had a guy who runs a body shop who is a friend of the family check it out, for $150 he pulled the entire thing out and it looks perfectly new. Much better than the $800ish whatever bullcrap the dealership wanted to replace the whole bumper.

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