In my province front licence plate is mandatory, so the dealer delivered the car with the front licence plate already attached onto the bracket. If I am going to drive on gravel roads or drive longer than two hours, I install the nose mask for my Rogue. I can't keep the mask on the bumper because I learned that it damages the paint, so I have to remove it when I return back to home. Yes painful, but I will do my best to protect my bumper and it is worth the hassle.
Every time I decided to use the mask, I have to remove the licence plate bracket, install the mask and then attach the bracket onto the mask.
The idiots in the dealer installed the bracket by just screwing the screw to the bumper!!!
Of course a metal screw and a soft plastic bumper fascia are not a good match. After my 10th or 11th installation of the nose mask, there were no "threads" left on the bumper. I looked at the FSM and owners manual and realize that there should be a "screew grommet" inside the bag that comes with the plate bracket, J nuts and screws. But since these idiots are so stupid and lazy, they preferred not to use a grommet.
I went to the dealer today and they said they have to order a new licence plate set (bracket, screws, grommet and J nut). After a short fight, I said "this grommet came with the bag from Japan and you didn't use and did a wrong installation. Now fix it". The manager came with a solution: He gave me two drywall plugs and screws and ask me use them as grommets
. I am not kidding. It was an authorized Nissan dealer
(that is why I started to do my brake service. They are totally stupid). Of course I didn't use this silly idea because the circular drywall plug will start turning over the plastic bumper when I try to turn the screw.
Anyway, here is my solution:
1. This is the bracket and two screws that they inserted to the bumper:
2. This is how it looks like when a brainless grease monkey installs a licence plate bracket to a bumper without using proper grommets:
3. I went to an auto parts store and purchased this plastic grommet:
4. First I used a round file to enlarge the existing hole, cut the excess plastic around it and then by using a square file I prepared the hole for the grommet:
5. The hole wasn't perfectly square, but good enough:
6. I pushed the grommets and they are in! Now I can use a metal screw and the hard plastic will have threads to catch the screw.