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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Thu, Aug-10-2017, 08:52:34 PM   #11
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Default Re: 1995 M3, Tail Light Nut Stuck

Are you using the right sized socket? Looks like you're starting to round the nut. If the stud isn't spinning then I don't know what your problem is. The washer is part of the nut and will freely spin. Lefty loosey, righty tighty...
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Are you using the right sized socket? Looks like you're starting to round the nut. If the stud isn't spinning then I don't know what your problem is. The washer is part of the nut and will freely spin. Lefty loosey, righty tighty...
Yup, 8mm, and the ratchet is on the off setting, and I've checked multiple times. Don't know why it won't come off.

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Old Fri, Aug-11-2017, 12:47:07 AM   #13
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Default Re: 1995 M3, Tail Light Nut Stuck

If you're turning the nut, and it's just spinning, but the stud isn't spinning, then the threads are probably stripped.

I'd first use an open- or box-end and be totally sure you're spinning the nut.

Then try putting a pick behind the washer to put some outward (toward the cabin) pressure on the nut while you spin it, to see if you can get it to catch on the threads sticking out in your photo. It actually looks from your photo like the stud is stripped just where it disappears under the nut, but I might just be convincing myself of that.
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If you're turning the nut, and it's just spinning, but the stud isn't spinning, then the threads are probably stripped.

I'd first use an open- or box-end and be totally sure you're spinning the nut.

Then try putting a pick behind the washer to put some outward (toward the cabin) pressure on the nut while you spin it, to see if you can get it to catch on the threads sticking out in your photo. It actually looks from your photo like the stud is stripped just where it disappears under the nut, but I might just be convincing myself of that.
I'll try the pick as well, but I don't have one so I'll try using a really small flathead, and I'll try the box end wrench as well. Thanks a lot!

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Default Re: 1995 M3, Tail Light Nut Stuck

To everyone who commented here, thank you for the help! Turns out the stud itself had actually ripped itself out of the plastic. Tried doing what Haus has suggested, and it basically just got the stud completely out of the plastic. Never seen that before and really interesting to find out what caused it as I applied very minimal torque. Thank you so much, thread dead!

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And here are the pictures, unfortunately did this all at night which didn't help with the quality.

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Old Fri, Aug-11-2017, 12:28:36 PM   #17
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Do you have larger pictures by any chance? I can't quite see the molecular makeup of the stud yet. :P
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Old Fri, Aug-11-2017, 02:30:57 PM   #18
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Do you have larger pictures by any chance? I can't quite see the molecular makeup of the stud yet. :P


For a moment I thought my eyes were going really bad and I was already starting to install my electron microscope.
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