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Old 01-20-2020, 01:31 PM   #1
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What is this wacky loooking washer

Good day everyone,

I recently replaced my heater core in my 2004 E46 330ci Coupe. When I released the 4 bolts that hold the steering column to the dash bracket (4 large bolts) this fell out from the back left side of the steering column. I did not see exactly where it came from and I didn't remove any bolts/nuts from the steering column itself. I have looked at realoem, googled and even asked an online retailer with no luck.

Can anyone tell me what this washer is, where it goes? It looks like it is very specific to something.

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Old 01-20-2020, 01:36 PM   #2
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Looks more like a retainer and not a washer to me.
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Old 01-20-2020, 05:56 PM   #3
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Looks more like a retainer and not a washer to me.


It looks like a retainer to me, too.
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Old 01-20-2020, 01:38 PM   #4
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Any idea where it goes or a part number? I have been driving the car for about a month without it and no issues but still makes me a little uncomfortable not knowing. Thank you
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Old 01-20-2020, 09:00 PM   #5
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Looks like a bolt retainer used to hold a bolt in place until its corresponding nut was put on. Probably nothing to worry about.
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Old 01-21-2020, 06:33 AM   #6
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Looks like a bolt retainer used to hold a bolt in place until its corresponding nut was put on. Probably nothing to worry about.
That's the thing, no other bolt was ever loosened or nut taken off. Just the 4 large bolts holding the column up and it obviously did not come from one of those 4 bolts.

Anyways, it hasn't veered off the road or locked up so far.
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Old 01-21-2020, 07:11 AM   #7
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Looks like the assembly "push nuts" that are used in a myriad of places.
I think (?) just might be one that holds some of the sound insulation foam onto a serrated stud under there.
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Old 01-21-2020, 07:14 AM   #8
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Looks like the assembly "push nuts" that are used in a myriad of places.
I think (?) just might be one that holds some of the sound insulation foam onto a serrated stud under there.
Thank you, that gives me an idea of something to look for; but doubt I will spend hours on it. I haven't put on the lower steering column cover yet for this purpose. Thanks everyone.
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Old 01-21-2020, 09:17 AM   #9
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Looks like this: 64111364257

https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/sho...diagId=51_3729

https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...h/64111364257/

Only place I can find it used is the door trim panel. Good luck.
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It looks nothing like it, except for roundness.
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Old 01-21-2020, 08:45 PM   #11
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I wouldn't worry about it. It looks designed to hold something in place like insulation, or a wire loom that is not critical at all. It's kind of a "speed clip" like product for a pretty lowly function that is not critical. A dash pad on one of my cars (forgot now) was held onto the metal frame with about a dozen of these little clips.
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Old 01-28-2020, 05:47 PM   #12
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Fwiw, check out the fastener at 0:42 or so ... pretty much the same thing. It probably holds on plastic paneling or aluminum heat shielding.

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