Mercedes-Benz C-Class: How to Remove Front Bumper

If you need to remove the front bumper of your C-Class for replacement or repair, follow these simple steps.

By Richard Bowen - May 14, 2015

This article applies to Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2007-2014.

Unlike many components of your Mercedes-Benz C-Class, removing the bumper cover is actually a relatively painless ordeal. There are a lot of steps, but this task is easy enough to follow along and knock out quickly. Read up and prosper.

Materials Needed

  • Ratcheting wrench
  • 10 mm and 8 mm sockets
  • Key or similar flat object

Step 1 – Remove or turn the wheels

Either remove both wheels or turn the wheels sharply to gain access to the front area of the car, especially behind the bumper.

Figure 1. Wheels turned sharply for access to bumper.

Pro Tip

Your C-Class is pretty low, so it may be easier to jack the front end and set it on stands to access the underside more easily.

(Related Article: How to Jack Up Your C-Class -

Step 2 – Remove front fender liners

To access the area behind the bumper, remove the clips that hold the fender liners in place. Bend back the liner and look up. You will notice a bolt that you must remove from the top. But first, you need to remove more parts.

  • Figure 2. Remove center of pin.
  • Figure 3. The bottom of the pin comes out easily.

Pro Tip

Remove the center pins from the clips, and the bottom parts come out easily.

Step 3 – Remove guard and grille

Turn the tab 90 degrees to the left to loosen the front engine/radiator guard.

Figure 4. Turn tab 90 degrees to left.

Insert a key or similar object into the slot on the air intake manifold to release it.

Figure 5. Insert key into slot.

After loosening the manifold, tilt it toward you and then back to release it from the guard. Do the same for the manifold on the other side.

Figure 6. Tilt manifold forward and then back, and pull it off the guard.

To pull off the end of the guard, squeeze the end together to release it and pull it down. Do the same with the other end of the guard.

Figure 7. Squeeze the end and pull it down.

Pull the upper splash shield down at the "hole."

Figure 8. Pull down at the "hole."

Pull the shield up and away from the vehicle.

Figure 9. Pull the guard off.

Use a ratchet and socket to remove center bolt that holds the grille on.

Figure 10. Location of center bolt.

After removing the bolt, tilt this bracket toward you and remove it.

Figure 11. Remove bracket.

Loosen the grille and then lift it up and off the car.

Figure 12. Lift the grille off the car.

Step 4 – Remove lower bolts

Bend back the inner liner and look up to reveal the two lower bolts you must remove. Use your ratchet and 10 mm socket to remove them.

Figure 13. Two bolts to remove.

Twist the marker light to detach it from the bumper.

Figure 14. Marker light.

Step 5 – Remove upper bolts

Locate the upper bolt you must remove. It's near the headlight.

Figure 15. Upper bolt you must remove.

Step 6 – Pull bumper down and away

Before removing the bumper, be aware of two pins on either side of the bumper. You need to pull the bumper down then away from the car to avoid damaging these pins.

Figure 16. Location of pins.

Pull small rubber guard away so you can grab the upper part of the bumper.

Figure 17. Pull aside part of the headlight guard to access upper bolt.

Grip this part of the bumper on top.

Figure 18. Upper hand-hold on bumper.

Still gripping the upper part of the bumper, grab bumper on the bottom and pull it down and away from the car – all in one motion.

Figure 19. Proper grips to remove bumper.

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