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License Plate Screw Just Turns and Turns and Won't Come Out

Discussion in 'FX (03-08) - Interior & Exterior' started by Mkozie, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. Mkozie

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    I tried to replace my license plate the other day and one of the screws just kept on turning and turning without coming out. Took to the stealership to see what's up and they said that it's not worth the money to fix it. The nut or clip broke and they would have to take apart the rear hatch to replace it. Is there an easier way to do this? Or, is it that difficult to take the hatch apart? Thanks for the help.
     

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    If you can try sticking a flat head screw driver (or similar) under the edge of the screw while turning it. The idea is to be pulling out on the screw while you are unscrewing it, hopefully forcing the clip to stick against the wall and allow the screw to "unscrew".

    Other than that you can use a dremel to grind off the head of the screw... but you're going to need to get the other end of the screw and broken clip out at some point anyway.
     
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    The nut has broke free from the hatch. You'll nee to drill it out and use a rubber well nut to secure your plate.
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    Good luck with it, I had the same issue I took it to Infiniti and they ended up taking it off but now u can't put a screw on bc it will be too loose They told me to take it to a body shop and have them fix it
     
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    Why not give the rubber well nut a try. You can find them at Home Depot and local hardware stores. Just need to get the right size (3/8 inch, I think) depending on the drill bit you use to drill out the broken nut. Since the hatch is fiberglass, no rust to worry about.

    You might want to pull the hatch interior off to take the broken off nut out once you drill it off; otherwise, it will roll around create this annoying rattle each time you open and close the hatch. Not sure about you, but it bothers me.
     
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    Well nuts worked for mine aswell
     
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    I might give that a try and see how it works, thanks
     
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    :tup: Glad it still holding out good for you. Mine still good from day one. Mann, this well nut talk reminds me of my early days here on IS when I can't even post a pic when you ask about this problem!
     
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    I super glued mine and was able to get the screw out and back in again when I got my plate. It was a pain in the a** though.
     
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    Thanks everyone for the help. That was my first post and did not expect this many responses so soon. Ill give the nut a shot. I can just use the orig hole, eh? Just don't see why something that should be so easy ends up being so damned complicated. I have had a '94 Lexus that I was working on but that is out of my hands now so I get to spruce up my FX. Wife also has the G37 convertible which is a plus for my garage as well :D
    I think I'm going to start on the lighting first. Looking at the Nokya arctic yellow 2300k bulbs for my fog lights(good idea?), want a brighter DTRL, and trying to find an LED license plate light that's not too bright and "clean" looking- just about 1.5x brighter maybe. Don't want too much glare on my back-up cam at night. Also, any way to wire the DTRL to actually be constantly on without having to turn them on? (N. America). As a newb, I have probably asked too many questions in the wrong thread- I'll learn. Any and all support is great! Thanks again. :)
     
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    Thanks for the help
     
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    I fixed mine which had also rusted together by drilling out the old and glueing in 2 stainless steel T-nuts (the ones without prongs) with marine epoxy. Used SS panhead Allen head screws to mount the plate. Got all at Ace Hardware.
     
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    The well nuts were a perfect choice. I went to the dealership to pick up a few parts for another project and asked them if anyone else experienced the same issue. Matter of fact, it's very common with the year range and I told them my fix and they were shocked. They had a priceless look on their face as if they had an encounter from an E.T. ...I did not take credit for it, I gave credit where credit was due.
     
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    Since the entire hatch of my 2011 FX50s is plastic, I held my soldering gun on the metal insert until it got hot enough to melt the plastic. I pulled it right out using needle nosed pliers. A small bit on my Dremel tool was perfect to make the melted holes square. I installed the square plastic license plate inserts found at any auto parts store. Reinstalled the license plate. Worked perfectly!
    Since the plate was warped, and there are only the two top bolts, I used Velcro tape across the bottom to hold the plate flat on the car.
     
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    Me too id like to know the size of the well nut. Ive been driving my 06 fx with a broken screw for 2months now
     
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    On the DTRL, look for the little eye near the windshield base, cover it with electric tape, turn your lights to automatic & voila, lights on every time you start the car.
    Or, buy a Canadian.
     
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    I didn't know we were for sale!!! ;)
     
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    I don't remember what size well nut that I use. Just take the screw you plan to use to fasten the plate to the hardware store to match it up.
     
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