Re: Bumper cover issues
I've read some of the other fixes contained herein (cedar shakes), and I had to perfect this repair after noticing the bumper creeping back out despite the tape. So, here goes:
Tools needed: Two Long blade screwdrivers or butter knives, masking tape, 3M double-sided auto trim tape, AND Shepherd brand 1/2"/13mm clear vinyl bumpers #9967 (available at Home Depot).
Whether it is the passenger side or driver side, if you start at the chrome grille, and move about 3 inches along the bottom of the headlight, this is the spot where the bumpers come loose. Take a long blade screwdriver, and wrap it a couple of times with making tape so that it won't mark the bumper, making sure that all metal on the screwdriver is covered. A butter knife works just as well if taped. Prepare about a 3/4 inch piece of 3M two-sided, grey auto trim tape.
Mask the bumper and the grille if you tend to be aggressive with tools. Gently insert the wrapped screwdriver/knife between the grille and the bumper and gently pry away the bumper cover. You'll see the black bumper support under the headlight and at about that 3 inch point from the grille is a black tab molded into this bumper support. It is at this point that you will be placing the 3M tape. Place the tape on the tip of the spare screwdriver or knife so that it is just about being held on the tip, and gently slide it in place on the black bumper support just in front of the tab.
Now, take the tool that is holding the bumper cover out, and using the tool, push the bumper cover up so that it is pushed against the bottom of the headlight assembly. While slowly removing the tool, push the bumper cover in so that it snaps over the bumper clip and tape. Now, take the screwdriver or knife, and while holding the bumper cover in place, slide it between the headlight and bumper cover at the point where the tab is touching the 3M tape, and push down gently so that the bumper cover is compressing itself against the 3M tape and compressing the 3M tape to the bumper support.
Now, take the Shephered vinyl bumper and insert one of these between the headlight and bumper cover using the taped screwdriver of knife to push this piece back until it reaches the back edge of the bumper cover. Make sure that the adhesive side of this vinyl bumper is facing down toward the bumper cover.
Remove your tools. The job is done. The tape works to hold the bumper cover in place. The vinyl bumper works between the headlight and bumper cover to prevent it from popping up in the heat.
Now, in theory, you may be able to avoid using the 3M tape. These vinyl bumpers are absolutely perfect, and you may be able to simply slide one between the bumper cover and headlight. The pressure of this piece alone may lock the clip in place. I already had the tape in place before trying the vinyl bumper, but I believe it will work. If you're not great with tools or have a bit of McGyver DNA, you may want to try simply using the vinyl bumper first.
The rubber bumper is round and clear. By pushing it back between the headlight and bumper cover to the back edge of the cover, it puts pressure between the headlight, bumper cover, and the clip so that the cover can't expand in the heat and pop off.
So, give it a whirl with the rubber bumper. Also, I can try and take a picture of the final repair. It's invisible.