Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: '01-E320 & 02-ST2
Location: John 15:18-19
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I'd grind the heads off the screws instead of damaging the plate, replacements are expensive (unless of course you already have new ones). The studs are swaged in place, if they already started to spin you may be able to reseat them but you'll have to get the screws out. You can buy new ones at the stealer and that is easier than retapping them, at least IMHO.
FWIW I had one like that when I bought my car, too. Why people don't think about it instead of just jamming a screw in and keep on crankin', I sure don't know. Morons, I suppose.
Good luck and congrats on the new ride, Andrew.
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