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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 Wed, Aug-09-2017, 12:05:10 AM   #1
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Default 1995 M3, Tail Light Nut Stuck

Hello I recently had a tail light failure code pop up, and of course the passenger running lights were bad. So I got new ones but they still didn't work. So I changed sockets, and still nothing. So I am trying to take out the entire housing itself to see if there's something wrong with it, but I can't get one of the nuts off. I got the 3, others off, and the electrical connector, but this nut keeps spinning, but doesn't go anywhere. If anyone has a solution or idea, please let me know! Thanks!

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Hello I recently had a tail light failure code pop up, and of course the passenger running lights were bad. So I got new ones but they still didn't work. So I changed sockets, and still nothing. So I am trying to take out the entire housing itself to see if there's something wrong with it, but I can't get one of the nuts off. I got the 3, others off, and the electrical connector, but this nut keeps spinning, but doesn't go anywhere. If anyone has a solution or idea, please let me know! Thanks!

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Here's a photo of the nut, the washer it's attached to just spins, even if I try to stop it with a flathead screwdriver.

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Old Wed, Aug-09-2017, 02:34:58 AM   #3
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Default Re: 1995 M3, Tail Light Nut Stuck

Get some vice grips on the stud and use a wrench to get the nut loose until you can thread it off by hand

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Old Wed, Aug-09-2017, 11:41:54 AM   #4
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The washer is part of the screw iirc. Does the thread also spin? In that case the plastic piece this thread normally is secured to, is broken. Then you may as well try and pull it out.
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+1 Vice grip that f'er and then open end wrench on it.
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The stud could be spinning inside the plastic housing..... you will have to put an open end on the nut.... and hold the stud with a vise grips..... to get it loose.... try not to damage the threads whil'st doing so ;1)
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The stud could be spinning inside the plastic housing..... you will have to put an open end on the nut.... and hold the stud with a vise grips..... to get it loose.... try not to damage the threads whil'st doing so ;1)
Which will happen.

I would take a dremel and make a small slit at the end of the thread, then you can take a flatblade screwdriver to stop the thread from spinning, and will make sure the thread won't be damaged.
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The washer is part of the screw iirc. Does the thread also spin? In that case the plastic piece this thread normally is secured to, is broken. Then you may as well try and pull it out.
No, the stud is not spinning which is weird.

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Get some vice grips on the stud and use a wrench to get the nut loose until you can thread it off by hand

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I'll definitely try that today. Thanks!

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If your worried about the threads put a rag or something between the vise and stud

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