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    Removal and repair of rear bumper cover

    I have the drivers side rear bumper cover pushed in. All the info I can get so far is that an industrial heat gun is used to soften the plastic to make popping in back out a little easier. No body has offered advice on removal. I have already tried to get back in there with various objects to try and push but nothing works well. Has anyone tried to remove the complete bumper cover? Any feedback would be appreciated.

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    My Haynes Manual only starts at 2003, but usually, there are a few bolts and several of the tree type push pins holding them in, sometimes you can reuse the push pins, but for ease of doing it, you might go buy a pack and have them handy. If you study it, you can probably figure it out. Open the tailgate and look for some bolts and then look underneath at where the edges are. If you have the back up sensors, you will need to disconnect that connector first. If you don't have money to do it right, you might just spray paint the whole thing with one of the black/grey pebble/matte looking sprays that they use on some of the lower panels now.
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    It wouldn't be all that difficult to fix though if the plastics are broken rather than dented it will be more difficult. I'd definitely try the scrap yard in the second instance and in the first - the mechanic.

    Good Luck.

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    It's not hard at all to remove the rear bumper cover. I did it to install a tow hitch and I don't recall anything difficult about it. Lots of push pin fasteners and maybe a couple of bolts.

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    Two screws under the liftgate (when open), three screws on each wheel well, use stubby driver if necessary, and push pin style clips on the rear bottom edge. Screws are all phillips head.

    Did one for the same reason, and once you know what you are doing, you can have it off in about 5 minutes. Heat gun works good to soften the plastic, then hold its form with your hands wrapped in a towel while it cools.

    Will look 100% better after you remove the dent/push in. Fascia rests on plastic retainers just below the quarter panel.
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    KC, check out the Hitch Receiver Installation Guide (K6859745.PDF) from the following link:

    http://www.mopar-accessories.com/en-...=3055&pc=45537

    It shows how to remove the bumper cover on a 2005 Caravan, it is probably similar for your 2001 Caravan.

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    Many thanks to everyone who offered solutions. That is why I love this site, everyone is extremely helpful. Look forward to doing the repair now instead of dreading it.

    KC.
    2012 VW Routan Highline w/ 3.6 L, 27,000 km.

    2001 Dodge Grand Caravan ES w/3.3, 250,000 KM and still going somewhere as it has been sold!

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