Removing the Front Bumper

The roads are salted in Winter in Slovakia, which means that rust is a common problem for cars. My Suzuki Swift didn’t have much rust, but even so, I did some thorough rust killing a couple of months ago.

There was one area I couldn’t quite reach however, and I wanted to remove the front bumper/fender to get to it. I was terrified at the thought of removing the bumper but it turns out it was an absolute piece of cake. Even if you’re going slowly, it will take you barely 20 minutes to remove it!

So you can benefit from my endeavour, I’ve created some basic instructions for you to remove your Swift’s front bumper as well.

Simple and easy instructions how to remove or take off the front fender bumper from a Suzuki Swift. Ako môžem odstrániť predný nárazník. Slovensko Slovakia hrdza opravy Loctite Super Rost Killer 7505 Coyote Konkor 101 mazací a konzervačný olej hrdza neutralizátor.

It’s actually really easy and I wish I’d done it sooner.

Start by putting the car on ramps, or jacking it up so you can get underneath it. Please don’t cut corners: make sure it’s stable before you get underneath your car.

Undo the 4 bolts circled above (all bumper bolts can be undone with a 10 millimetre socket), then remove the two plastic plugs next to the headlights, circled above. Use a flat-head screwdriver to pop the plastic grommet up, then the whole plug can be removed without damaging it.

Simple and easy instructions how to remove or take off the front fender bumper from a Suzuki Swift. Ako môžem odstrániť predný nárazník. Slovensko Slovakia hrdza opravy Loctite Super Rost Killer 7505 Coyote Konkor 101 mazací a konzervačný olej hrdza neutralizátor.

The view from underneath. You might need a little lubricant on these bolts.

Next, slide underneath the car and remove the bolts holding the bottom of the bumper onto the metal frame. There are also a couple of plastic plugs to be removed. Because of rust, you might want to give each bolt a little spray with lubricant.

Simple and easy instructions how to remove or take off the front fender bumper from a Suzuki Swift. Ako môžem odstrániť predný nárazník. Slovensko Slovakia hrdza opravy Loctite Super Rost Killer 7505 Coyote Konkor 101 mazací a konzervačný olej hrdza neutralizátor.

Only three plugs and one screw to go.

Next, remove the plugs in front of the front wheels. There is also a screw just above the tyres which the arrow points to in the photo. The plastic there is weak, so put a little oil/lubricant on that screw before you get to it, or it might snap the plastic around it.

Simple and easy instructions how to remove or take off the front fender bumper from a Suzuki Swift. Ako môžem odstrániť predný nárazník. Slovensko Slovakia hrdza opravy Loctite Super Rost Killer 7505 Coyote Konkor 101 mazací a konzervačný olej hrdza neutralizátor.

Plastic plugs galore

These plugs make it easy to remove the bumper, but they are somewhat breakable. To remove them intact, make sure you pry the grommet up (like above) before you try to remove the plug. Then you can simply put them back in, and push down on the grommet.

Disconnecting the bumper: Lift it up and forwards.

Once you’ve undone all the bolts and plugs, the bumper needs to be disconnected from a series of clips on each side. It’s very simple, and means you need to life the sides of the bumper up (towards the sky) and forwards. This will allow it to jump off its hooks without damage.

Simple and easy instructions how to remove or take off the front fender bumper from a Suzuki Swift. Ako môžem odstrániť predný nárazník. Slovensko Slovakia hrdza opravy Loctite Super Rost Killer 7505 Coyote Konkor 101 mazací a konzervačný olej hrdza neutralizátor.

Almost done: These hooks are all that’s left.

This photo (above) shows the hooks that hold the bumper on, between the headlights and the tyres. This is why you will need to lift the sides of the bumper up and forwards, to disconnect from these three hooks on each side. It’s as easy as it sounds, don’t worry. :)

Simple and easy instructions how to remove or take off the front fender bumper from a Suzuki Swift. Ako môžem odstrániť predný nárazník. Slovensko Slovakia hrdza opravy Loctite Super Rost Killer 7505 Coyote Konkor 101 mazací a konzervačný olej hrdza neutralizátor.

Lift up, up, and away!

To recap: Once you’ve undone the top bolts & plugs, the bottom bolts & plugs, the side screws & plugs, and the side clips, the whole bumper will pop straight off. It’s really very simple, and the designers at Suzuki did a superb job in this respect. If you go slowly, removing the front bumper is a 20 minute job at most.

Simple and easy instructions how to remove or take off the front fender bumper from a Suzuki Swift. Ako môžem odstrániť predný nárazník. Slovensko Slovakia hrdza opravy Loctite Super Rost Killer 7505 Coyote Konkor 101 mazací a konzervačný olej hrdza neutralizátor.

Ta-daa! Easy, huh?

With the bumper removed, I could finally get at the rust that eluded me when I was under the car last time. There are four horizontal impact beams running across the front of the Swift, and I could see a little rust on them when I was under the car, but I couldn’t reach them. I removed the plastic impact brackets (they’re simply held on by clips) and had a look at what I was missing! Was the rust really that bad?

Slovensky cesty. Simple and easy instructions how to remove or take off the front fender bumper from a Suzuki Swift. Ako môžem odstrániť predný nárazník. Slovensko Slovakia hrdza opravy Loctite Super Rost Killer 7505 Coyote Konkor 101 mazací a konzervačný olej hrdza neutralizátor.

Salty Slovak roads = rust, rust, rust.

Hmmm, it turned out that the rust on these impact beams was worse than I thought. The rest of the car is in quite superb condition after my rust killing efforts, but these beams are in quite a bad way.

Simple and easy instructions how to remove or take off the front fender bumper from a Suzuki Swift. Ako môžem odstrániť predný nárazník. Slovensko Slovakia hrdza opravy Loctite Super Rost Killer 7505 Coyote Konkor 101 mazací a konzervačný olej hrdza neutralizátor.

It’s lucky I caught the rust before it got serious.

The rust was starting to become more than basic surface rust; it was starting to eat into the metal and paint was peeling off in big flakes.

Using a wire brush to remove rust. Simple and easy instructions how to remove or take off the front fender bumper from a Suzuki Swift. Ako môžem odstrániť predný nárazník. Slovensko Slovakia hrdza opravy Loctite Super Rost Killer 7505 Coyote Konkor 101 mazací a konzervačný olej hrdza neutralizátor.

Time to sort this out once and for all… Or at least until next winter!

I got out the wire brush and spent 20 minutes brushing like mad! The amount of rust flakes and paint that came off was incredible. I had no idea the car had so much rust behind the front bumper. It has been caused by many years of winter road spray from the cars in front of mine.

Simple and easy instructions how to remove or take off the front fender bumper from a Suzuki Swift. Ako môžem odstrániť predný nárazník. Slovensko Slovakia hrdza opravy Loctite Super Rost Killer 7505 Coyote Konkor 101 mazací a konzervačný olej hrdza neutralizátor.

Loctite Super “Rost” Killer 7505 to the rescue!

With all the loose rust removed, it was time to get out a fresh bottle of Loctite Super Rost Killer 7505 and to slap on a couple of very thick layers.

Simple and easy instructions how to remove or take off the front fender bumper from a Suzuki Swift. Ako môžem odstrániť predný nárazník. Slovensko Slovakia hrdza opravy Loctite Super Rost Killer 7505 Coyote Konkor 101 mazací a konzervačný olej hrdza neutralizátor.

This stuff is really quite impressive.

It takes about half an hour to dry, depending on how thick the layer is. I put on one layer, then went back inside for a break. Then I applied another very thick layer and let it dry. I used half a bottle of rust killer on these bars alone!

Simple and easy instructions how to remove or take off the front fender bumper from a Suzuki Swift. Ako môžem odstrániť predný nárazník. Slovensko Slovakia hrdza opravy Loctite Super Rost Killer 7505 Coyote Konkor 101 mazací a konzervačný olej hrdza neutralizátor.

Two thick layers later, the rust has been neutralised.

Once more I was very impressed with Loctite’s rust killer, it really works well and I recommend it to anyone with a rust problem. Loctite don’t sponsor me (they don’t even know I exist) but I love this product of theirs and would gladly recommend it. I’m not sure if you can get it outside of Europe however.

Simple and easy instructions how to remove or take off the front fender bumper from a Suzuki Swift. Ako môžem odstrániť predný nárazník. Slovensko Slovakia hrdza opravy Loctite Super Rost Killer 7505 Coyote Konkor 101 mazací a konzervačný olej hrdza neutralizátor.

Partners in crime: Coyote Konkor 101 rust preventer and Loctite 7505 Super Rost Killer.

With the last of the rust taken care of, it was time to apply a rust preventer & lubricant. I used Coyote Konkor 101 “mazací a konzervačný olej” which basically translates into lubricating and protective oil. I used 75% of the can underneath the car, paying particular attention to areas which previously had surface rust.

Simple and easy instructions how to remove or take off the front fender bumper from a Suzuki Swift. Ako môžem odstrániť predný nárazník. Slovensko Slovakia hrdza opravy Loctite Super Rost Killer 7505 Coyote Konkor 101 mazací a konzervačný olej hrdza neutralizátor.

Alright, winter: Bring it on.

If you have a Suzuki Swift and live in an area where the roads are salted, I strongly recommend taking off your front bumper and having a look at those beams. Even if your car might look rust-free, you might be surprised at how much rust those beams can collect.

In my case however I can now rest easy. After a very educational afternoon I can relax knowing that I’ve taken care of the last of the rust on my Suzuki Swift.

Well, until next winter anyhow…

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10 thoughts on “Removing the Front Bumper

  1. Hello!

    Great website! I came across your very informative website when someone posted a picture linking to this page in one of the auto forums i visit. I’m glad that i came across that picture and your website because you have a lot of useful information in here.

    I’m from India and i too have a Suzuki Swift, 2012 model with 1.2L K12 petrol engine. I have since converted that to a 1.4 K14 engine and have recently started a website about it – http://www.swiftdiary.com. Please do check it out and your comments are welcome.

    Cheers,
    Sankar.

  2. Hi, thank you for your step-by-step guide. Reading this blog post I got motivated to kill some rust and removed the front bumper myself. As you wrote, it’s easy, except that my screws on the bottom were so corroded that two of them broke into the tread as I tried to remove them. Anyway, to my surprise, this is what I found under: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12673947/swift_bumper.jpg

    I’m really curious to know why two identical Suzuki Swifts have so different rusting patterns. Mine was made in 2005 and has been running on Hungarian roads ever since – they are just as salted as Slovakia. Yet not a single spot of rust. On the other hand, I’ve found a lot of rust elsewhere where your car seems intact.

    Keep documenting your life with your Suzuki, this is the most informative Swift blogs in English I’ve found so far! Thanks for your work!

    • Hi Marton, I must say thank you for your kinds words! It’s a nice way to start the day! That really is strange. Our cars are the same, from around the same time, running on the same types of salted roads, and built (probably) in the same factory in Hungary – yet yours has no rust at all in the front.
      Thinking about it, I can only assume that the rust on my car is from Banska Bystrica, a town in central Slovakia. When I bought my car it was registered there since 2006. It snows a lot more than Bratislava during winter there, so perhaps it had a heavier “dose” of road salt. I would like to see what Suzuki Swifts that have been in Bratislava all their lives look like under the bumper. My car is coming up for its first inspection in about 4 months, so I’m going to get busy underneath it with more “Super Rost Killer” soon. I that applying it once a year keeps the rust away.
      All the best!
      Gavin

  3. Thank you for this page. So helpful!
    I’m a happy Australian owner of a 2007 Swift, but I accidentally scraped the bumper on a steep driveway and needed to remove it for sanding and painting.
    Your website helped a lot.

  4. Thank you for these great infos!

    As for the rust, in case you didn’t already plan to, I highly recommend you to use paint to protect the parts that were covered with rust. If you don’t, the rust will come back very fast.

  5. Hello, my name is Eduardo, I write from Argentina.
    I have recently bought a 2008 VVT Swift, and wanted some advice from you, as I can see, you´re an already experienced Swift owner.
    I need to re-fit the rear bumper because of a little crush the previous owner had, and wanted to know if the procedure for removing/installing of the rear bumper was as straightforward as it is the front one.
    Thanks in advance.
    Regards,
    Edu.

    • Hi Eduardo, I’m sorry I have not removed the rear bumper so I do not know. But my advice: don’t worry and have a go. I was so surprised how easy the front bumper was, that I expect the rear bumper to be just as easy. Just take your time, and remember where all the bolts and plastic plugs are from and put them back in the same order. I think you’ll be fine and you’ll have that bumper off in 15 minutes!

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