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Old 03-03-2014, 05:16 AM   #1
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I had to remove my plate to put the new registration sticker on (my plate holder covers some of the sticker.

Went to put the plate back on, one screw had nothing to screw into and another was very loose, and wouldn't tighten.

It looks like whatever was in the plate mount attached to the car is no longer there to bite on... Any ideas how I fix this?
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Old 03-03-2014, 05:33 AM   #2
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The same thing happened to me a few days ago. I ordered some M6 cage nuts to see if I can pop one of those back into the frame bracket.

I ordered them off of Ebay because that was the only place I could find that had less than 50 for sale. If it works, I'll let you know.
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The same thing happened to me. I actually pushed too hard and the metal tab went inside the plastic bracket. I went to the dealer and had them fix it.

My problem was that the screws were too long and fitting a license plate frame did the trick. I will be on the lookout for shorter screws, since I'm not a fan of the license plate frame.

Once that metal tab falls inside the plastic bracket, it will rattle. When I removed the two torx screws, I still couldn't get the plastic bracket off.
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I had to remove my plate to put the new registration sticker on (my plate holder covers some of the sticker.

Went to put the plate back on, one screw had nothing to screw into and another was very loose, and wouldn't tighten.

It looks like whatever was in the plate mount attached to the car is no longer there to bite on... Any ideas how I fix this?
It's repairable but a pita. I have a clear cover over my rear plate that I take off every year to replace the new annual tag. I lost two of the backing nuts. The screws are too long and push the nuts through the plastic. So off to the hardware store for new metric screws/bolts and some JB Weld (black). To get the plastic holder off of the car I used a hair dryer and a lot of patience to pry the double sided tape and get it dismounted. Don't wedge anything behind the holder as you risk scratching your paint. I found the backing nuts and put a really good cover of the mixed JB Weld around all of the nuts. Cleaned up and put much less double sided tape and remounted and used the shorter bolts. Better than new but it's a project. I figured that even with a dealer fix I'd run into it again so went after it myself.
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Nice to know that I'm not the only one who did this.
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The same thing happened to me. I actually pushed too hard and the metal tab went inside the plastic bracket. I went to the dealer and had them fix it.

My problem was that the screws were too long and fitting a license plate frame did the trick. I will be on the lookout for shorter screws, since I'm not a fan of the license plate frame.

Once that metal tab falls inside the plastic bracket, it will rattle. When I removed the two torx screws, I still couldn't get the plastic bracket off.
I have a service appointment next week, maybe they'll fix it for me. Does that fall under warranty..?
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I have a service appointment next week, maybe they'll fix it for me. Does that fall under warranty..?
Technically, I don't think so but the two dealers I've dealt with over the years, as a customer service, would not charge for something simple like this.
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I fixed my license plate bracket, it was pretty simple. I am not sure if the A6 uses the same bracket as the A8, but here is how I did it.

I got a m6 cage-nut and taped it to a zip tie. Next, I unscrewed the torx bolts on the bracket and pulled it back gently until the two sided tape, still holding it on, peeled off enough for me to slide the nut behind the bracket using the zip-tie . When the nut was behind the opening, I screwed the m6 screw into it so it would not fall back behind the bracket. I worked the tabs through the hole with a small flat head screw driver and it was done.

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I bought my 2013 S6 used at a Lexus dealer and when they transferred the tag they tightened the screws too far and ruined the nuts. I found some grommets at the hardware store that fit in the square slots, but one I couldn't get to work at all. like others I thought I could unscrew the torex screws and pull the bracket off the trunk, but it is also glued on. You would think that they might have made the design for the nuts a little studier given how they secure the bracket. At last trip to dealer I had them replace the bracket, just under $300.
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I bought my 2013 S6 used at a Lexus dealer and when they transferred the tag they tightened the screws too far and ruined the nuts. I found some grommets at the hardware store that fit in the square slots, but one I couldn't get to work at all. like others I thought I could unscrew the torex screws and pull the bracket off the trunk, but it is also glued on. You would think that they might have made the design for the nuts a little studier given how they secure the bracket. At last trip to dealer I had them replace the bracket, just under $300.
They made you pay for it? Their ****ty design and they made you pay to fix it? Seems to be a pattern forming here, with Audi charging the customers to fix their awful designs.
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I fixed my license plate bracket...[using an] m6 cage-nut....
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I had the same problem and went to the auto parts store (Pep Boys )and picked up a set of plastic plate mounts. The mounts snap into the hole left by he metal holders. I used a pair of needle nosed pliers and removed all 4 metal mounts. It worked perfectly. The whole thing took 10 minutes.
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I had the same problem and went to the auto parts store (Pep Boys )and picked up a set of plastic plate mounts. The mounts snap into the hole left by he metal holders. I used a pair of needle nosed pliers and removed all 4 metal mounts. It worked perfectly. The whole thing took 10 minutes.
If I look for these they are "plastic plate mounts"? is there a size? These work without removing the glued on bracket?
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If I look for these they are "plastic plate mounts"? is there a size? These work without removing the glued on bracket?
They are small plastic squares sold in packages of 4 in White or Black. I am in New York and see them in almost any auto parts store. When you tighten a screw into them they expand. They are usually sold in the section that has license plate holders. In fact they are called License plate fasteners. There are only 2 sizes small or large get the small ones.
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They are small plastic squares sold in packages of 4 in White or Black. I am in New York and see them in almost any auto parts store. When you tighten a screw into them they expand. They are usually sold in the section that has license plate holders. In fact they are called License plate fasteners. There are only 2 sizes small or large get the small ones.
Thanks!, I'll try and pick some of these up.
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Just picked some up. Fit in after a bit of a struggle. I didn't screw the screw in yet, but it seems like it will work. I guess I'll live with the old one rattling around back in there.
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Just picked some up. Fit in after a bit of a struggle. I didn't screw the screw in yet, but it seems like it will work. I guess I'll live with the old one rattling around back in there.
Try to use a magnet on the front of the plate holder and slide it up to the whole so you can remove the clip. I lost one clip but never heard a thing. Make sure you use a small machine screw with large head. What I did was buy four plate buttons and after attaching the clear plastic on the bottom of the screw I snapped the buttons on and it looks great. You can get them in silver or black.
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Try to use a magnet on the front of the plate holder and slide it up to the whole so you can remove the clip. I lost one clip but never heard a thing. Make sure you use a small machine screw with large head. What I did was buy four plate buttons and after attaching the clear plastic on the bottom of the screw I snapped the buttons on and it looks great. You can get them in silver or black.
The noise is just when I open the trunk, so no big deal.

The pack I got came with screws. They are a tad longer than the one I took out, they also are pointy (yes I am not a handy person...) rather than bolt like. Should I try the one that came out originally rather than the one that came in the box?

As for the plate buttons. Are these just plastic cap like things that pop over the screw heads?
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They made you pay for it? Their ****ty design and they made you pay to fix it? Seems to be a pattern forming here, with Audi charging the customers to fix their awful designs.
In this case he purchased the vehicle from a Lexus dealer who had nothing to do with the design of this car. Even if he had purchased the car from an Audi dealer, the dealer is not Audi, they sell Audi products. The important thing is a quality Audi dealer will stand behind the product as if they did design and manufacture it themselves, that is the sign of a good dealer, but they are not required or obligated to act as a representative of Audi of America. It is sad in my opinion that all dealers don't stand behind their products as if they were the manufacturer, but I guess they can't all be good.
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Used the old bolt, matched the rusted look of the other, worked great. Thanks.
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