Removing the rear bumper on a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado can be quite a chore. These bumpers are known to rust and the bolts are not zinc-chromated. Bolts will rust and will not come loose in many cases. When considering replacing the bumper, it is a good idea to soak all the bolts in rust penetrate and test all the bolts to ensure they will come loose. If not, it is necessary to cut them off with a torch or cutoff saw. It is not easy to estimate how many bolts and what type needs replacing until the project is underway.
Tools Used: Tools, Ratchet, Set of sockets, Hammer, Chisel, Pliers, Set of wrenches, Common screwdriver, Can of rust penetrant
Remove Rear Bumper
Look at the bumper from the bottom side to familiarize yourself with the location of all the parts. The bumper has a main support above the tow bar to which the whole bumper attaches. On both sides of the bumper attached to the bumper and support plate is an attachment plate with a support bar. All of these must come off when removing the bumper. Look at the point where the bumper attaches to the frame. There are three bolts — two bolts one above the other and one forward. Removes these plus the two large bolts in the lower center of the bumper inserted upwards from the bottom that run into the tow bar.