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Old 06-02-2016, 04:56 PM
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Fixes for Dashboard Panel Captive Nuts

I have a 2001 X5 and am currently replacing the Digital Gauges with Analogue, when pulling the Dash I had two captive nuts that had freed themselves and were spinning on the Inside, luckily I managed to get my hand up behind and got just enough grip with some long nose pliers to undo it with the wife undoing the screw end, it took about an hour to do the two nuts where the screws were just spinning the nuts , all by feel and trial and error , so any recommendations to prevent same in future?
my thoughts are;
1 Pull them out they're a liability and glue something there drill a pilot hole and use self tappers.
2 try to clean the thread on the bolt and get a tap through the nut to clean the thread
lube it up with some adhesive grease not sure if i can get a tap / die that small . or possibly wind the bolt back & forth with grease to free it up make sure it runs freely
Surround the captive nut with some kind of adhesive to secure it a bit more
3 Any other stories or what have you done ?


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Old 06-06-2016, 08:40 PM
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stainless bolts from the back side. thin nut under panel to hold bolts and acorn nuts on the outside
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Old 06-06-2016, 08:48 PM
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or fill with jbweld - or marine epoxt and use black automotive screws.
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Old 06-07-2016, 11:54 AM
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I have a 2001 X5 and am currently replacing the Digital Gauges with Analogue, when pulling the Dash I had two captive nuts that had freed themselves and were spinning on the Inside, luckily I managed to get my hand up behind and got just enough grip with some long nose pliers to undo it with the wife undoing the screw end, it took about an hour to do the two nuts where the screws were just spinning the nuts , all by feel and trial and error , so any recommendations to prevent same in future?
my thoughts are;
1 Pull them out they're a liability and glue something there drill a pilot hole and use self tappers.
2 try to clean the thread on the bolt and get a tap through the nut to clean the thread
lube it up with some adhesive grease not sure if i can get a tap / die that small . or possibly wind the bolt back & forth with grease to free it up make sure it runs freely
Surround the captive nut with some kind of adhesive to secure it a bit more
3 Any other stories or what have you done ?


Thanks
Boyd
Please do a post on how you're converting digital gauges to analog.
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Old 06-07-2016, 10:04 PM
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Someone posted this in another thread. May be useful. Should be able to get them at any auto parts store.

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Old 06-09-2016, 09:44 PM
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I had the same think on my '93 ... I used gorilla glue and put them back in .... They work great
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