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Old 02-29-2012, 06:27 AM
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Saturn Fender replacement

Ok I am having a bad week to say the least. Monday my wifes brand new car got hit at DD and they left.
Last night my daughters 96 Saturn got hit and ran as well.
Her car is a 96 SL2. I need to replace the hood, the corner is rolled up a little and of course the plastic fender broke.

The good news is a local junk yard has both parts in the same color.

My question is what is involved in removing the old fender and hanging the new one. I dont do body work at all. Also there is a metal bracket that came off. Looks like it was used to stiffen where the bumper cover, fender and the bracket above bolt together.

Any help on the process and where the bracket goes would be appreciated.
The bracket is metal about 2 inches wide and about 10 inches long and has a few holes in it. I didnt have time to take a picture as I was patching it back together last night at 1AM.

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Wow!!! I could go all day without something like that happening..I think those brackets are left and right so looking at the good side you may get the drift of how that all goes together. those plastic fenders bolt on but it may be a bit of a zoo to find all the fasteners. The good part is once you get all the damaged pieces off you will educated in how the new parts bolt on..

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Wow!!! I could go all day without something like that happening..I think those brackets are left and right so looking at the good side you may get the drift of how that all goes together. those plastic fenders bolt on but it may be a bit of a zoo to find all the fasteners. The good part is once you get all the damaged pieces off you will educated in how the new parts bolt on..

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Thanks, I was looking for someone who has done it or has some sort of instructions. I have ALLdata but it is useless for body stuff

It is suppose to snow here later and I really dont want to pull both sides apart if I dont have to. I know the bracket that it all screw to is bent, hopefully my limited sheet metal skills will allow me to get it back to close.
Someone here must have experience with this.
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Just installed one for the first time. That bracket clips on to the top of the front bumper and then the bumper will slide on two bolts connected to the lower part of the fender. Really pretty easy it nothing else is bent. On mine the bracket that is welded on to the frame was bent/pushed in by the accident. The best way is to also remove the opposite side to compare and see if any mounting parts are bent. Its pretty easy to remove fenders and bumper
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Just installed one for the first time. That bracket clips on to the top of the front bumper and then the bumper will slide on two bolts connected to the lower part of the fender. Really pretty easy it nothing else is bent. On mine the bracket that is welded on to the frame was bent/pushed in by the accident. The best way is to also remove the opposite side to compare and see if any mounting parts are bent. Its pretty easy to remove fenders and bumper
Thanks, I know that bracket is bent. Wont know how bad until I pull the fender.

Does that same bracket that is welded to the frame hold the headlights as well. The light looks like it may be in a little to far.
Thanks for the info. Any and all is appreciated

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Check out saturn forums, they are very helpful.
I have a couple of saturns myself, and those sites are very useful.
Bolting a new fender on will be very simple.just look at the new replacement fender and look for the corresponding holes.
dont be too alarmed, i know those fenders really fly apart, but you are really lucky that you found parts in the same color. Russ
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Got it done today. I need to find a bumper cover now. Several places have new replacements in primer. Would a duplicolor rattle can work on this or do I need to take it to a body shop. This car is a 96 and I really dont want to spend a ton of money on it but the current cover is torn and has some paint transfered to it.
Thanks for any insight. I may just put it on and leave it in primer. It looks terrible now so anything would be an improvement.
Thanks in advance for any ideas
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