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Old 02-25-2005, 08:42 AM   #1
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Possible to take apart outer power mirror?

Hi,
I've bought two used power mirrors for my car and need to repaint them to match my car...
Is there any way to take the mirrors apart, get the mirror and motor out of the housing, without breaking them?

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Old 02-25-2005, 11:30 AM   #2
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on mine if you slowly and carfully pull out the mirrors it will slide out. And from there you will just have to un screw the motor.
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Old 02-25-2005, 01:51 PM   #3
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You didnt mispell anything.
Just some bad sentence structure
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Old 02-25-2005, 06:18 PM   #4
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It depends. The early style had a hidden screw attaching the mirror backing plate to the motor. To remove the mirror on that style you have to BREAK the glass to remove the screw. After you've serviced the mirror motors you attach a new mirror glass which is available from the dealer or the HELP section of the big auto parts chains. FYI, I found that the "objects in mirror..." lettering on the aftermarket passenger-side mirror glass is not as sharply focused as on the OEM from GM. But it a lot cheaper (price-wise) too. They were just sloppy with the template I guess. The drivers-side doesn't matter since it has no lettering. I used to find them at Pep Boys, but haven't seen them lately.

Later style have a small cross-shaped piece of metal that pops onto the motor. You just move the mirror to the extreme position so you can reach inside to pop off that metal piece from the motor. Once you've removed the glass of either early or late style power mirror you'll see screws that attach the pot-metal frame holdign the motor to the mirror shroud. Don't recall the exact dates for the transition from early to late style power mirrors, but it was late 80's. To tell which you have power the mirror to the extreme of travel and look behind the mirror glass with a flashlight and an inspection mirror.

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Old 02-26-2005, 11:20 AM   #5
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Thank's for the info, it really hit the spot!
The motors are removed, and none of mirrorglass had to be broken.
I'm going to switch to US-mirrors because my car was sold new in Sweden and now has the buttugly elephant-ear looking euromirrors...


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