- Mar 7, 2020
- Naples, FL
- Model S Plaid, Odyssey
- DE Number
When putting the screws back on, one of them went in but then didn't tighten - it just spins. The rest will tighten fully and stop spinning. Maybe I need one of these kits too . . . .
If the screw is spinning, it is not anchored to the backplate. This suggests one of three things:
- the screw is not long enough to reach the backplate (and that seems to be the case with the screws that were shipped with some cars)
- your brass inserts are in the rubber spacer (as they were in mine), and one of the spacers has detached from the backplate
- the brass insert is in the backplate but has come loose, which may be the case as these inserts are only press-fitted into the backplate and, once loosened, will stay loose.
I would recommend getting the kit. I may even apply SuperGlue to the inserts before I press them into the backplate. This is really not a very robust plate mounting system.
Lucid is a deepening mystery to me. Outside of software, continued driving convinces me more every day that they got all the really hard stuff brilliantly right: the powertrain, the suspension and braking, the component packaging, the solidity of the structure, the aerodynamics, the system efficiencies, most of the ergonomics. But on simple things that were mastered by most automakers decades ago, such as attaching license plates and weather stripping, they seem lost in the wilderness.
Software screwups I expected to some degree for a while. But making runs to the hardware store to buy weatherstripping adhesive and waiting for a packet of proper-length plate mounting screws to arrive is just not something I thought I'd be dealing with on a $170K car.