License Plate Bracket
Much like the other components positioned in front of the vehicle, the front license plate bracket is also prone to all sorts of damaging elements. It is also among the first ones that can get broken when the vehicle encounters head-on collision or when its front hits a hard object while parking.
When the inevitable happens and you got this bracket damaged, don't fret as this is also among the easiest parts to replace. Provided that the vehicle is already clean, the installation task can be done even by a novice DIYer in less than half an hour.
What you'll need:
- Clean cloth
- 1/4 inch drill bit
- Small container
- Replacement screws
- New license plate bracket
Step 1: Clean the license plate and the area nearby.
It is always wise to clean the vehicle before doing any modification or replacement task on the exterior. In this DIY task, pay particular attention to the front end, especially on the area where the license plate bracket is installed. A clean working area will make it easier for you to locate small screws and mounting points that may be concealed by mud and dirt.
If you think the vehicle is still clean and you have no time to wash and dry it, just get a clean cloth and wipe off loose dirt and dust on the license plate and its bracket as well as the areas nearby.
Step 2: Unscrew and take out the license plate and its bracket.
With a screwdriver, loosen the screws that secure the license plate from the bracket. Don't remove the plate yet; just move it a bit in such a way that you see the screws that hold the bracket in place.
Loosen the bracket's screws and carefully take out the license plate bracket, the plate itself, and the screws altogether.
Tip: It's a good idea to remove the plate from the vehicle while it is still attached to the bracket. This will save the license plate from bending, cracking, or warping while in the process of detaching it from the bracket.
Step 3: Check the screws.
Remove the screws from the license plate and the bracket and check them for rust and loose thread. Place all the screws that will be reused in a small bowl or container so as not to lose them. Missing and rusted screws should be replaced.
Tip: Make sure the replacement screws are of the same size and thickness as the original screws.
Step 4: Pre-fit the new license plate bracket.
Align the new bracket right where the old one was installed to see if the screw holes in the bracket line up with the holes in the bumper. In case the holes do not align, you will need to drill new holes in the bumper using your drill and the 1/4 inch drill bit.
Step 5: Install the new bracket.
Position the new bracket and insert the screws into the holes from top left, then bottom right, followed by top right and, finally, bottom left. Do not tighten each screw all the way until all four screws are partially slotted in. Tighten the screws one by one until the bracket is firmly installed in the front bumper.
Step 6: Put the license plate in place.
Re-install the license plate and secure it in place by carefully tightening the respective screws.