E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > Tuning & Tech > Car Care & Detailing

Car Care & Detailing
Get detailing answers and tips here

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rating: Thread Rating: 1 votes, 5.00 average. Display Modes
Old 08-16-2010, 05:00 PM   #1
46mtech
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: concord, ca, USA
Posts: 5
My Ride: 2001 BMW 330i
grill clips broken... need a quick fix!

the clips to keep my grill on my broke and now the grill is very sloopy and i am afraid of it falling out on me while i am driving.

i have a 2001 330i
if you can think of any simple fixes please share!!!!



__________________
2001 330i m-Tech 5spd

Mods: hotchkis sway bars front and rear / smoked corner lights, side markers and tail lights / matte black kidney's / MTECH
46mtech is offline   Reply With Quote
Ads by Google

Guests, get your FREE E46Fanatics.com membership to remove this ad.
Old 08-16-2010, 05:46 PM   #2
M3 4 DW
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: San Diego
Posts: 221
My Ride: M3 Vert
Super Glue..JK

Just buy some new grills. I want to say they only ran like $50-75 new.

Dustin
__________________

M3 SMG *Nav *ACS Front Lip *Carbon Fiber Emblems *Clear Bumper Reflectors *K&N Drop In *RPI Scoops *Matte Black Side Gills *Matte Black Front Grills *LED Interior kit *Shark Tune *8000k Fogs *Factory 19's on 245/35 - 285/30's
M3 4 DW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2010, 05:54 PM   #3
Bimmer4Lyfe
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: 129 West 81st St. 5A, New York, New York 10024
Posts: 2,442
My Ride: 02 325i
wire tie or zip tie

gorrilla or duct tape

or any combo.... or all at once


lol ........
__________________

-j

Last edited by Bimmer4Lyfe; 08-16-2010 at 05:56 PM.
Bimmer4Lyfe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2010, 05:57 PM   #4
ojbimmer
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: between 561 & 954
Posts: 142
My Ride: E46 coupe
Send a message via AIM to ojbimmer
yea go to discount auto or any other store and get the small wire and used it. I did and it work perfect without anyone noticing
ojbimmer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2010, 11:37 AM   #5
ThosEM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Crofton MD USA
Posts: 11
My Ride: 330Ci convertible
Send a message via AIM to ThosEM
Just had the same problem. The grilles basically fell off in my hands as I tried to raise the hood at the gas station. My fix was to screw a couple of pieces of plastic coathanger in place of the broken off clips on top of the grilles. Then I drilled some holes in the lower tabs and put a setscrew into the frame of the grille to press it up against the upper clips. Seems to work fine. Here are a couple of photos. Sorry there wasn't much light and they are blurry but you should be able to see the screw head holding down the piece of coat hanger in place of one clip (the other clip wasn't broken on this grille). Then you can see the setscrews put through the lower tabs on hood into the grille frame.




Last edited by ThosEM; 08-28-2010 at 11:38 AM. Reason: Don't see images?
ThosEM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2010, 06:30 PM   #6
ThosEM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Crofton MD USA
Posts: 11
My Ride: 330Ci convertible
Send a message via AIM to ThosEM
Trying again with photos...



Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0006.jpg
Views:	3029
Size:	106.5 KB
ID:	373499   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0005.jpg
Views:	3262
Size:	129.4 KB
ID:	373500  
ThosEM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2011, 06:04 PM   #7
jkubicek
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: St. Louis
Posts: 1
My Ride: 2005 330i
Broken Grill Clips Solution - $1.50!!!

Check it out!!!







jkubicek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2011, 06:19 PM   #8
e46hellrot
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: inside my bmw
Posts: 403
My Ride: e46
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bimmer4Lyfe View Post
wire tie or zip tie

gorrilla or duct tape

or any combo.... or all at once


lol ........
+1 gorilla works, it holds good and semi water proof
e46hellrot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2011, 08:54 PM   #9
Lemonsqr
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 3,133
My Ride: 2001 TiAg 330i
Quote:
Originally Posted by jkubicek View Post
Check it out!!!
This should be stickied!!! very creative. D4mn you BMW for cheaping out on the plastic pieces....really disappointed!!!
Lemonsqr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2011, 03:05 PM   #10
blue328coupe
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Georgetown, Ky
Posts: 255
My Ride: 2000 BMW 328Ci
Quote:
Originally Posted by jkubicek View Post
Check it out!!!

Wish I had thought of this. My driver's side grille fell out while I was driving. So I took the other one out to at least match, and now I have a grilless BMW.
blue328coupe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2011, 08:53 PM   #11
dare23
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Toronto
Posts: 272
My Ride: 328i
I used silicone. The advantage is that it is easy to remove if you decide to get new grills. Also the one I used dries clear so hardly noticable.
dare23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2011, 01:20 PM   #12
Megasm
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Lake Grove, NY
Posts: 33
My Ride: 02 325xi
Send a message via Skype™ to Megasm
lol I used high intensity heat tape
__________________
Megasm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2013, 02:31 AM   #13
echung
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Hong Kong
Posts: 5
My Ride: E46
thanks jkubicek, I follow this method and fix it today.

Last edited by echung; 07-22-2013 at 02:34 AM.
echung is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2013, 12:16 PM   #14
rob00150
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: nj
Posts: 23
My Ride: 1999 328i
This happened to my grills too. My friend and I just drilled holes in the rubber parts and zip tied the two grills together. It works perfectly with no rattling or anything.
__________________


'99 e46 328i 5 speed, Steel Blue
rob00150 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2013, 11:50 AM   #15
Iblu90
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Torrington
Posts: 11
My Ride: BMW 330ci
Re: grill clips broken... need a quick fix!

Same thing happened to mine.. What u did was just drilled very small screws and they seem to be holding strong.. it's been 7 months since

Sent from my SPH-L720 using BimmerApp mobile app
Iblu90 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2013, 08:22 AM   #16
McGary911
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 129
My Ride: 2004 M3 Convertible
This happened to my M3 a few months back. The passenger side grill broke enough clips to fall out. I just got some bailing wire, and attached one end to one of the grill slats (you can't even see it from outside the car) and twisted the other end to the base of the hood latch pin. That held it super tight for the week or so it took me to get 2 new grills (didn't want 1 old with 1 new, look like crap). It seemed tight enough that it would last for a long time, but I hate having 1/2 a$$ed fixes like this on my car for too long.

Hung the 2 old grills on the wall in the garage.
McGary911 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2013, 03:30 PM   #17
Denis330ci
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: HI
Posts: 48
My Ride: x5, 330ci
some great ideas...... i use 100% silicone for everything all plastic parts no drilling reqired really cheap $7 for a big tube...even used a tab on door panels to keep it from rattling when music is playing too loud.
Denis330ci is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2014, 11:39 PM   #18
JrpisOfficial
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Queens
Posts: 6
My Ride: 325i Sedan
L


Jrp
JrpisOfficial is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2014, 01:37 PM   #19
Allan smith
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: exeter,devon,england.
Posts: 77
My Ride: imola 330ci
Quote:
Originally Posted by Denis330ci View Post
some great ideas...... i use 100% silicone for everything all plastic parts no drilling reqired really cheap $7 for a big tube...even used a tab on door panels to keep it from rattling when music is playing too loud.
+1
Allan smith is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:42 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - 2011 performanceIX Inc - privacy policy - terms of use