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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 10-29-2009, 09:01 PM
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Trunk Toolbox Question.

The screw mechanism that locks the toolbox into it's upright position has magically snapped in half. As a result my toolbox hangs open like a ghetto-mobile. (I think it's from my subs hehe)

Does anyone by chance know the part number for this piece, or better yet how to find it?
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Old 10-29-2009, 09:23 PM
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Bought this item from Bimmerspecialist.com last year for $1.99. It's called BMW Trunk Tool Box Thumb Screw (71111179444)
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Old 10-30-2009, 04:45 AM
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It happens. Before ordering, make sure you can remove the broken piece. The nut is available separate also.
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Old 10-30-2009, 10:27 PM
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thank you!
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Old 10-30-2009, 10:36 PM
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$9 ****ed me on shipping.
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Yeah, little stuff you should simply patronize your local dealer.
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Old 09-17-2011, 11:08 PM
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e39, broken thumb screw

Like Broholland, the thumb screw snapped in half. Got the parts, the thumb screw and matching nut-just in case. Any suggestions on how to remove the broken thumb screw, which is captive in the tray, and replace it with the new one?
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Old 09-18-2011, 03:07 AM
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Like Broholland, the thumb screw snapped in half. Got the parts, the thumb screw and matching nut-just in case. Any suggestions on how to remove the broken thumb screw, which is captive in the tray, and replace it with the new one?
Thanks!
You can remove the broken piece of the thumb screw by simply starting a self tapping screw into it. Then slowly remove the self tapping screw and the broken piece will turn out with the friction of the screw.

You can remove the 'nut' by squeezing the square sections and pulling.

Hope this helps... Glenn
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Old 09-18-2011, 03:40 PM
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Thanks, Glenn!

Self-tapping screw! what a terrific idea!
Any hint about how to remove the captive thumb screw from the tray?
Thanks, again!
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:29 PM
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I have the same problem. It is embarrassing when you open the trunk lid (which won't stay open) and this tool box thing swings down. The tools have all fallen out and are rolling around in my trunk.
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:53 AM
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Self-tapping screw! what a terrific idea!
Any hint about how to remove the captive thumb screw from the tray?
Thanks, again!
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The top part of the thumb screw has a shallow thread of it's own, even if it's not obvious to the eye. You have to look closely and press the edge of the holder down a bit for this thread to bite. Then you can unscrew the thumb screw.
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Old 07-01-2013, 04:13 AM
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BTW, I woudn't recommend messing with regular screws. The only thing it did for me was to push the broken head further into the hole. Get a set of broken screw extractor heads and drill it out with one of those.
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:46 AM
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btw, i woudn't recommend messing with regular screws. The only thing it did for me was to push the broken head further into the hole. Get a set of broken screw extractor heads and drill it out with one of those.
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