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Old 11-14-2009, 11:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am living in Costa Rica (CR) and have a 2006 Tucson with the 2.0 CRDI diesel engine. A while back I was backing out of a parking space and bumped into a car which was also backing out. I couldn't have been going over 1 mph and it dented my bumper on the right rear. I want to pull the bumper out enough to bump out the dent. So here I am. I haven't really looked to see how simple the project will be. Does anyone have a suggestion or hints or tricks for me to accomplish the task?
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Old 11-14-2009, 06:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This is going to sound a bit crazy, but have you tried a plunger? No, don't laugh. I'm serious.

Depending on the size and location of the dent, a plunger can be applied to the dent by its suction and pull the plastic (or metal) back out into its proper, natural shape. A small dent may require a sink plunger, which is about half the size of a toilet plunger. The one to use is the cheap, red rubber, half-globe type.

What the hey, it's worth a try, especially if it saves a trip to a body shop.
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Old 11-16-2009, 07:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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QUOTE (mikeincr @ Nov 14 2009, 04:18 PM)
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I am living in Costa Rica (CR) and have a 2006 Tucson with the 2.0 CRDI diesel engine. A while back I was backing out of a parking space and bumped into a car which was also backing out. I couldn't have been going over 1 mph and it dented my bumper on the right rear. I want to pull the bumper out enough to bump out the dent. So here I am. I haven't really looked to see how simple the project will be. Does anyone have a suggestion or hints or tricks for me to accomplish the task?
They are not too bad to take off see attached.

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Old 11-16-2009, 10:36 AM   #4 (permalink)
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QUOTE (DSHornet @ Nov 14 2009, 05:03 PM)
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This is going to sound a bit crazy, but have you tried a plunger? No, don't laugh. I'm serious. :whistling:

Depending on the size and location of the dent, a plunger can be applied to the dent by its suction and pull the plastic (or metal) back out into its proper, natural shape. A small dent may require a sink plunger, which is about half the size of a toilet plunger. The one to use is the cheap, red rubber, half-globe type.

What the hey, it's worth a try, especially if it saves a trip to a body shop. :grin:

Thanks for the suggestion. I was able to get most of the dent out using the non-pointed side of a fireplace poker. Your suggestion might work on what is left if the plunger will suck onto the remaining dent. If it does suck onto the dent then I will heat up the plastic with a hair dryer and try to pull it out.
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QUOTE (itza @ Nov 16 2009, 06:04 AM)
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They are not too bad to take off see attached.

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Thanks for the diagram. I tried to Google the subject but couldn't find a diagram.
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Old 11-18-2009, 06:27 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the diagram. I tried to Google the subject but couldn't find a diagram.

You will need to download the manual
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