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Old January 16th, 2012, 08:24 PM
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Fastener - Front Signal Lamp Bezel

In the process of removing the bezel of of my front turn signals, I encountered a frozen bolt. The problem is that in trying to remove it the fastener assembly just spun, so I couldn't get any force on the bolt. There's a similar type of fastener for the license plate as well.

What are these fasteners called and can they be easily removed and replaced?

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Old January 16th, 2012, 09:46 PM
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In my experience it is usually the small fasteners that ruin your day.
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Old January 16th, 2012, 09:54 PM
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It's called a rivet nut. They are easy to replace but you need a rivet nut tool to do it. Mcmaster Carr or Harbor Freight has them. Obviously get the metric size to match the rest.
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Thanks Manimal, I'll check it out.
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In my experience it is usually the small fasteners that ruin your day.
Very true, and there's always one that turns a simple job into a project. On this delal I decided to freshen up the headlamp and the lenses. So, 15 screws come out without an issue, but there's that one laughing in my face.

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It's called a rivet nut. They are easy to replace but you need a rivet nut tool to do it. Mcmaster Carr or Harbor Freight has them. Obviously get the metric size to match the rest.
Can they be replaced from the front or is it necessary to get behind the nut? Also, can they be removed with a screw stuck in them?
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Usually they are used because you have no access to the location from behind. Worst case you can cut/grind the screw off and drill them out and push the remaining part through and replace them, but it can be a pita.
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I've been reading up on rivet nuts today and yup, the drill out is the way to go. Have to be careful to avoid cutting into the sheetmetal.

The install seems pretty straightforward. Any pitfalls to avoid?
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put some tape on the surrounding sheetmetal and don't slip Start with a small bit to get a nice centered pilot hole started and take your time.
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