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    Tricks to getting the hatch bumper bolts out

    Got one side done, the other side doesnt' want to break loose. I'm debating just destroying the current dry cracked rubber to get to the bolts. Any other ideas? I can't remember what I did with my first car...

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    Destroy the old rubber. If you still have the original screws holding it, use a dremel to cut a nice sized slot across each screw. Then use a big F'n flathead screwdriver to remove the screws.

    When you put new bumpers in, use the Curt-recommended alternative hex-head bolts of the same size to install. Then you can use a socket next time you have to remove them.
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    Cut old bumper off, use a soldering iron to heat screw head up and compromise loctite, then remove carefully applying pressure to screw head with screw driver.
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    cut old bumper off, pry the little backing plate off and break it apart from the screws.

    Hit the screw head with a lighter and the vice grips to spin them out.
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    Use the soldering iron way. I recommend the pencil type that uses a flame. Use the flame on low. Mine came out in seconds. This is after you cut the rubber bumper off.
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    I remember I was able to get mine out with just a lot of pressure directed appropriately, but there was a thread here long ago with the same recommendations that others have listed above. They work.
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    i think i was able to get one out with a lot of pressure but pretty sure that was just luck because the rest were a bitch. also, make sure you have a proper fitting screwdriver to get the original screws out. if you dont its only going to make it harder.

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