Date registered: Aug 2006
Vehicle: 99 C280
Location: Leesburg, FL
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George already said it, but,
This bugs the poo out of me as there are proper fasteners provided by MB for license plate attachment.
Salesmen and used dealers are the biggest culprits.
Those little threadserts are replaceable, and available at the dealer. I have replaced a few. Use sharp flush cutting side cutters to remove the metal from the back of the insert. Now the insert can be pushed out the front (license plate side). I use the proper thread bolt and a few washers. Lube the washers so they can spin. You have to compress the insert (think pop rivet) to get it to stay in. The hard part is it wants to spin when you tighten the bolt. I hold the insert from the back by gently gripping the back of the insert with pliers. Be careful as they are SOFT aluminum. Nor you can use the proper metric threaded stainless fasteners.
There is a proper tool to install these inserts, the dealer should have it, if you wish to have it done.
Last edited by nhmercracer; 09-29-2010 at 09:39 AM.