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      01-05-2020, 05:55 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

Had my door panel popped off today while having a play about with mirrors.

But had some issues with the little plastic thread inserts, think bmw call them expanding nuts? That sit in the door itself. They seem to be of a 2-piece design, the problem I was having was that when I came to reinstall the door panel and put the screws back in, these inserts would not grip the door and just spin.

After some trial and error they did eventually grip and tighten up. Now should these be replaced after removal like a single use part? Or is there a method to getting them right?

Just wanted to see if anyone else had experienced the same issue.
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      01-07-2020, 03:47 PM   #2
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Have to say no. I've had my driver side panel off twice and the passengers side off one to install M Mirrors, no issues with taking them off or putting them back on.
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Have to say no. I've had my driver side panel off twice and the passengers side off one to install M Mirrors, no issues with taking them off or putting them back on.
Yeah I kinda gathered with the lack of replies nobody else had the same.

Just seems strange they don't want to lock into the door, I'm a technician by trade and have stripped a few doors. Never came across this before though.
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I had one of those strip/spin since it didn't snap into the door skin. Ended up buying a replacement and it snapped into the door and the screw was then able to be tightened
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I had one of those strip/spin since it didn't snap into the door skin. Ended up buying a replacement and it snapped into the door and the screw was then able to be tightened
Yeah sounds similar to what I experienced, on mine the white and black parts of the insert pictured above separated. Which then made it difficult to remove as the white part with the thread in would just spin.

I've seen you can buy bags of them pretty cheap, might be worth having some on hand just in case!
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