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Rear bumper loose making car vibrate at low speeds

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Hi All,

My daughters 2012 IQ rear bumper is loose at the bottom and this makes the whole car vibrate at low speeds. I've taken a look underneath the bumper and from what I can tell with my limited knowledge is that the 3 or 4 clips along the bottom edge of the bumper have come away / split. It seems to me that these are part of the moulding but surely that can't be the case as you would need to replace the entire bumper instead of a clip or two.

Can anyone help / advise what I should do?

Cheers

Daz

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According to the manual there are only two fixings underneath. I think these are the plastic rivet type.

 

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Thanks Soeley for the reply. I'll have another check later next week but in the meantime I've attached a couple of photos I made a few weeks ago when she started to complain of vibration, etc.

 

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Looks like someone has gone into the back of her or she's reversed into something. Not enough impact to show any damage, but enough to snap off the two lugs. I would suggest maybe getting the lugs plastic welded back on, otherwise it is full bumper replacement. Failing that, a bodge would be to remove the plastic rivets and drill some holes half an inch from the edge of where the lugs have snapped and use a cable (zip) tie to secure it. Won't be seen from above.

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So the bumper has snapped where the brackets attach? 

If they are both snapped it may have had a light knock in the rear or someone reversed into something causing them to break. 

Options are a new bumper or take the bumper off and reattach the brackets. I have done this quite successfully in the past using a soldering iron to melt the plastic back together. Sounds a bit dodgy I know but it can be done quite neatly with practice. I would then reinforce the area with some fibreglass mat and resin.

Craig.

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Thanks guys for the input. I find it amazing that something like this needs a whole bumper replacement. What a poor design. Nevertheless, do you have any pics of when you used a soldering iron to melt the plastic together or is there some kind of plastic glue I should go out and get?

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