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How To Remove Ford Mustang Rear Bumper Cover (2013 - 2014)

Do you have to do a rear bumper replacement on your Mustang and want to know how to remove it? You have come to the right place. This guide will show you the correct way to take out the rear bumper cover. The steps in this guide apply specifically to the 2013 - 2014 Ford Mustangs but most of them can be applied to the whole face-lifted fifth generation (2010 - 2014).

Rear Bumper Removal

1. The tail lights will have to come out and you will also have to feed a wiring harness through the rear end as you remove the bumper cover. As a result, you need to take out the black plastic trim that is in the trunk. Twist off the retainer that is circled in yellow. Then remove the push pin that is circled in green. Best way to remove that push pin is to use a pair of needle nose pliers or a trim removal tool. Do the same for the other side of the car. Then give the plastic a quick and firm pull and take it out. Finally remove the three nuts (cyan) that secure the tail light. One of the nuts is hidden under the plastic trim piece. ford mustang rear trunk trim piece

2.Pull out the tail light and disconnect the electrical plug. ford mustang tail light removal

3. The rear bumper has a wiring harness running all along on the inside of it. During the removal you will need to feed the wiring harness through the metal. To prepare for that go ahead and disconnect the electrical plug (yellow) on the harness and unclip the retainer from the body (green). ford mustang rear bumper wiring harness

4. Locate and remove three screws in the wheel well area. Do the same for the other side of the car. ford mustang rear bumper screws

5. At the ends of the bumper, on the bottom side, there will be two retainers. Remove them by first pulling the center out and then removing the whole retainer. Do the same for the other side. ford mustang rear bottom bumper clips

6. On each side of the bumper there will be another plastic retainer on the inside of the bumper. Again, pull up on the center and take out the whole retainer. ford mustang rear bumper clip removal

7. There are two more clips that secure the bumper. These are a little tricky and they break easily if you apply too much force. The best tool to use is a trim removal tool that you can see in the photo below.

ford mustang rear bumper retainer

8. The bumper is now ready to be removed. Grab the sides and pull out to disengage the clips. ford mustang rear bumper sides

You will also have to press in the tab that is in the tail light area (yellow) to disengage that portion of the bumper from the bracket. ford mustang bumper bracket

9. Grab the rear of the bumper with both hands and give it a quick and firm pull towards you. Why? Because the center of the bumper is secured with some more clips. ford mustang rear bumper removal

10. As you remove the bumper remember to feed the wiring harness (yellow) through the body and take it out with the bumper. ford mustang rear wiring harness removal

Comments

Lawrence Brewer 01-17-2014 23:54
Very informative. I want to install a rear view camera on top of the license plate. How do you (I) remove the license surround from the bumper cover? I have looked at exploded view on the Ford Parts site, but there is no detail. More clips or hidden screws?

Thanks
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Artem Vestsorov 01-18-2014 18:49
Once you take off the rear bumper you can look on the inside of the bumper and see the mounting tabs that clip the license surround in place.
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