2013 Scion FR-S: Hanging New License Plates
August 20, 2012
The DMV finally got around to mailing us the license plates for our 2013 Scion FR-S, but the screws needed to fasten them were either lost or not supplied with the car in the first place. All I know is they're nowhere to be found on board the car.
This was no big deal, a minor inconvenience -- less so because I had another errand at the local auto parts store anyway.
Thing is, I had to buy two kinds: screws for the rear and bolts for the front. And of course they both came in four packs because the screw companies, using logic, assume that the front and rear plates are held on with the same fasteners. Or maybe they figure the carmaker will provide four mounting points to go with the four holes in each plate.
Scion/Subaru apparently haven't heard of either theory, and now I've got spare parts for the screw jar.
Phillips screwdriver here...
...and 10mm nut driver here.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing