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Posted by JL on September 20, 1999 at 21:56:44:

In Reply to: Please notice and check.. posted by amgloman on September 20, 1999 at 19:31:48:

: I tried to remove the rear license plate holder only to find the four screws holding the plate had rusted solid into the metal sleeves. Trying to remove screws resulted in stripping the inserts out of the plastic. Dealer replaced the holder on warranty. Suggestion: check the screws and if you can remove them - grease them. If you can't, get the holder replaced.

I had the same thing happen when I tried to take off the temp tag and put on a real one. In my case it wasn't rust but that one of the screws was put in too tight/too far (3 had washers, 1 did not). I had to tear the sleeve out and put it in a a vice-grip wrench to remove the screw from it. Local dealership replaced it under warranty but had to order the part (took over a week).

I'm hoping that because I'm using a plate frame, the frame will act as the washers did, and by not torquing the hell out of the screws, they won't get frozen.

I think the issue with paint damage behind the plate is that sometimes people use the wrong screws (too long) and just go right through the bracket and into the sheet metal.

BTW...while getting that worked on, I got them to show me how the front plate is held on. It's got 4 screws, and the screws all have these plastic caps on them. The service tech wasn't able to remove the caps without punching a hole in them with a small screw driver. Fortunately the caps are cheap and he gave me a bag of spares. So, when I find something better, the (far away) dealership tag on the front comes off.

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