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License Plate Bottom Screws?


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#1 OFFLINE   kathi

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Posted 07 September 2014 - 11:20 AM

I recently received my HOV Energy Efficient plate (issues in AZ) and when I went to put my plate on the car, there were only screw holes for the top two screws. The bottom screws have some sort of rubber plug in them.

Is this normal? Should I call the dealer and ask them to replace the plug things with the screw anchors that appear to be in the top screws?

This plate is not something that I want to lose AND I don't like the plat and holder to be rattling against the car door causing scratches and unnecessary noises....







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#2 OFFLINE   kathi

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Posted 07 September 2014 - 11:55 AM

Well I'm behind a GMC Yukon and they have the same thing. Maybe that's the way it is now....

#3 OFFLINE   jdbob

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Posted 07 September 2014 - 12:45 PM

I didn't like those rubber things sticking out either when I bought a rear plate frame. Just to dress it up a bit I threaded a couple of 8-32 x 3/8 screws with flat washers into the rubber things. Pretty sure they are 8-32. I think it looks better and the rubber parts don't have to be removed.

 

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#4 OFFLINE   kathi

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Posted 07 September 2014 - 04:12 PM

Hmmm. Maybe I'll try that!

#5 OFFLINE   Don

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Posted 07 September 2014 - 05:56 PM

Using screws to attach the bottom of the plate to the license plate frame really does not make anything more "secure'; in fact it probably makes it less secure. Since the top two screws are the only thing attaching the plate/frame assembly to the car it is better to allow the bottom of the frame and plate to be decoupled so they act as independent masses with a cushion/spring (the rubber plug) separating them. If you screw them together (even with the rubber left between)you are making the plate/frame combo a coupled, stiff, component and you will be putting more stress on the only two screws that actually attach to the car body.

Edited by Don, 07 September 2014 - 05:57 PM.


#6 OFFLINE   kathi

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Posted 11 September 2014 - 01:23 PM

:smile2: Thanks Don!



#7 OFFLINE   pippin65

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 11:19 AM

Where does one order, and what's it called , the rubber screw hole gasketbin bottom .?. I'm missing one.

Edited by pippin65, 10 April 2016 - 11:19 AM.









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