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Old 12-27-2013, 04:52 PM   #1
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Default Ion rear bumper cover removal?

Can anyone tell me how to remove the rear bumper cover of a 2004 Saturn Ion?

I removed the 1 screw and 3 fasteners from each wheel well, as well as the 4 fasteners from the trunk rim. I then tried moving the cover in all directions to get it off, but it just won't budge. It seems like I'm missing more fasteners that I can't find.

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Old 12-27-2013, 05:24 PM   #2
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Default Re: Ion rear bumper cover removal?

IIRC there are plastic clips that hold the foam piece to the bumper and there are clips that are a break off type holding the bumper fascia to the trunk lip. There are 2 and they're at the outer edge of the trunk opening. You may have to look from the ground up to see them. I just used zip tie to redo those. I have a 2007 and I doubt they changed that much from yours. Good Luck!

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Old 12-28-2013, 01:48 AM   #3
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:49 PM   #4
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Default Re: Ion rear bumper cover removal?

Smed,

I don't think you specified if you have a Coupe or Sedan... but I recently went near-crazy trying to take of my rear bumper cover from my Quad Coupe.

What the manuals DON'T tell you... is once you've removed all screws/fasteners, you pull the SIDES of the cover AWAY from the car... and THEN slide it off the back.

You might have to apply a bit of force to get the side to come off their clamps, but that's what I had to do.

So to recap... on each side, grab the cover above the wheel, and pull toward you, away from the car. Once each side is disengaged, sliding it off toward the back is easy.

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