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    Front bumper removal

    I was trying to remove my front bumper to replace the horn and remove the headlights to see if the factory HID can be replaced with a HID kit.

    The instructions say:
    "After loosening the front bumper side mounting screw, disconnect the side."

    I could not figure out how to get the side loose after removing the screw that connects the bumper to the finder...

    Is there a trick to it? I didnt want to get ruff with it and screw up my bumper.

    Thanks.

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    I don't think the horn is behind the bumper anyway. I think the horn is located in the engine compartment on the right side of the car.
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    The horn is in the very front behind the bumper and front grill. You can see it if you look through the grill and is directly in front of the radiator.
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    the one i wanna change is right in front of the radiator.. Look through the front grill and u will see it. There is a 2nd horn (that beeps when arming the alarm) that's in the engine bay.
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    Removing the bumper cover is stupid easy. The part directly under the headlights is held on by a thin strip of plastic on small tabs. Pull the cover upward as much as you can while pulling out and it will come right out. The second part is a little harder, it's a plastic block attached to the bumper cover that is connected to three metal tabs. Dame deal, pull up and out and it will separate. You don't have to worry about breaking anything, it will make a pop, but don't let it scare you.

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    You have to pull out on the bumper pretty hard to get it to come free from the mounts. Don't be afraid to get violent with it.

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    Also - be sure to remove the splash guards from the bottom. as well as the plastic screws on the inside of the wheel well towards the front. That will let the plastic bit in the wheel well sag enough to get your hands on the bumper cover itself to pull up while you pull away.

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    Do i just pull on the sides also to get them loose?
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    OMG I have spent the last 30 minutes trying to get the front under the headlights to come off...this is rediculous.

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    ^ .... im sorry I had to laugh. Just pull back on it. Don't be afraid it won't bite.
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