What is a bumper absorber?
This absorber is part of your car bumper's shock-absorbing mechanism. As its name suggests, it's a piece of foam or plastic that's designed to absorb impact in case of a collision.
Is a bumper absorber an important part of the bumper? Do I need to replace it once it gets damaged?
Yes it is. See, in older cars, bumpers were simply pieces of steel that are mounted on steel brackets. Because these bumpers are rigid, they actually transfer impact damage onto the vehicle frame during a collision. As such, they don't really offer much protection to the passengers inside and to the more delicate components under the hood. To solve this, car manufacturers have created the modern bumper system wherein the outer shell is backed up by a bumper or energy absorber, which is usually made of high-grade thermoplastic material or polypropylene foam. During a collision, the absorber absorbs a huge amount of impact, effectively protecting other components and preventing more serious injuries. Because of its very important role in collision damage control, you need to replace the absorber once it starts to wear out.
Will the removal of my car's bumper absorber have an impact on airbag deployment? If not, can I remove it?
Ideally, getting rid of the energy absorber shouldn't have any impact on your vehicle's airbag deployment. However, some states might require you to have an absorber installed as part of your car's safety inspection. To verify this, check with your local DMV. If your state requires one, then it's best to just leave the absorber attached.
I'm planning to replace my old bumper absorber. What should I consider when looking for one?
You need to make sure that the replacement absorber is made from high-grade plastic or foam. As with any purchase, you get what you pay for. But this doesn't mean that affordable absorbers aren't reliable in terms of quality. The trick here is to find a reasonably priced replacement that's made of high-quality material. Keep in mind that this component will have to absorb impact in case of an accident, so better put your money in a replacement that you can rely on when the time comes. Another factor to consider is product fit. An OE replacement is your best bet because this is designed to perfectly match your car's specs. This makes for a hasale-free installation because you don't need to do any modification to make the absorber fit behind the bumper cover.
My vehicle got into a fender bender the other day. The bumper cover was dented, and the absorber is now cracked. Can I still fix the bumper absorber or should I get new one?
If the crack is amall (unnoticeable), the broken pieces can still be glued back together. However, this is just a temporary solution, and it isn't really advisable. It's best to just get a replacement once the absorber breaks down because cracks or warped areas can have an impact on the absorber's ability to withstand damage.