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    bolts broken on license plate

    Sorry if this question is already answered somewhere on here. I did a quick search and didn't find anything and need to get this fixed by Wed as my son takes his driving test then.

    I was removing my license plate on my 07 odyssey (old plated was trashed and new just arrived) yesterday and wouldn't you know it the bolt heads broke off. They were rather rusty so I thought that was the issue but then after lubricating the remaining stud and drilling and trying to get the stud out with my easy out I broke the easy out!!!!! I am thinking the Dealership put the bolts on with Locktite, they swapped trim during one of my maintenance calls removing the original "other dealer" trim.

    Does anyone have any suggestions? I don't have much time to get this done as it is, let alone before wed. I may have to duct tape the plate on for the time being.

    Thanks for any advice

    I did see a post regarding the license plate garnish but it looks like that may not be what I need. This looks like someone scratched their chrome surround, but I haven't looked at it too much.

    other post below

    Anyone here removed the rear License Plate Garnish?

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    I took off the interior to the tailgate and can see the threads sticking through, not that that helps any. There is a ring around the threads- about the same size as the nut on the exterior- that looks similar to a knock out on an electrical box. Would this be designed to do exactly that for those unfortunate souls like myself??? It was suggested to me that the bolts may not have been put on with locktite, but instead with an air wrench and an overzealous mechanic. Maybe that caused this look.

    I took a video to show some people I work with (I work at an automotive parts supplier, kinda helpful in cases like this) but no pics and it is too late (dark) now.

    It was suggested that I drill a small hole outside of the lugs and then poprivet the plate on. It woud be fine for me, not the best when I sell the car. I don't want to do anything that will result in rust though

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    Gee, you're not spamming your website, are you? Go find another forum to spam on.
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    It reads like gibberish.

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    I also twisted one of the rusted license plate bolt off. I had to drill and tapped a M6 X1 hole on the nut to install my new plate. 190k and counting
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    Need to put a new plate on the '05 before month end and just tried to loosen the bolts this morning in preparation. Front ones loosed fine but sheared the bolt head clean off the right rear bolt so add me to the list!!

    Funny I just realized I had the EXACT same problem with my Honda HS928 snow blower trying to adjust the scraper bar this year. Rusted bolt sheared right off, had to drill and use a new bolt in its place. So this deficient engineering would seem to be a theme in all Honda products.

    This is my first and DEFINITELY LAST Honda vehicle. My '03 VW Passat has been WAY better in all regards - reliability, RUST (of which it has NONE unlike the Odyssey) and general maintenance. By comparison the '05 (which is two years NEWER) is literally falling apart. Both have been kept in the same garaged environment. My wife even said she never wanted another Honda and if she noticed then you know its a problem!

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    So, you think VW holds up better than Honda as far as rust? Having worked underneath both of them for many years I would disagree.

    Regardless, the license plate bolts are not installed at the factory by Honda. The dealer installs the license plates and probably uses whatever bolts they can pick up for the cheapest. If they ran out of the normal ones they probably sent the parts kid to the local parts store, or maybe even Lowe's/Home Depot to get a few. Replace them with a nice anodized bolt and you'll never have another issue. If you use a plain steel bolt it'll rust up there in a year.
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    I did this to my Lexus earlier this year. Sheared both bolts off the rear plate.
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