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      12-26-2013, 05:15 PM   #1
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Two Screws Missing on Air Intake

Guys, take a look at this picture. I just bought the car used, and it's missing two of the screws in the air intake cover. The car has 45k miles and is 3 years old. I was planning to just buy the part and screw it back in, but I wasn't sure why these would be missing in the first place. Is there any kind normal routine maintenance that requires removal of the air intake?
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Those seem to be missing quite often, usually as a result of people swapping their air filters. Just unscrew an existing one and match for two replacements, no big deal.
yup, and if your anal you can get them from BMW
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Getting anywhere in the engine bay usually requires the removal of the air box (ie spark plugs, belt change) but I'm going to assume bmw forgot to put them back when they changed the plugs under routine maint.
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Guys, take a look at this picture. I just bought the car used, and it's missing two of the screws in the air intake cover. The car has 45k miles and is 3 years old. I was planning to just buy the part and screw it back in, but I wasn't sure why these would be missing in the first place. Is there any kind normal routine maintenance that requires removal of the air intake?
Bolts are BMW Part # 07119905871 for reference.
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Thanks guys. What an awesome forum; wealth of knowledge! The dealer said they would replace them when I dropped off the car for regular service.
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I'll bet the underlying threads are stripped, they are very easy to strip out, the plastic is very soft.
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