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Old 07-13-2021, 10:49 AM
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Originally Posted by andrewwynn View Post
It dims the mirror by tilting to the glass vs. silver. The key is: with auto dim there is no day/night mode so the clown nose does not twist.

I'm not aware of a way to manually override the auto dim.
You can test your auto-dim of your center rear view mirror by driving out in a bright day and putting your hand in front of the optical sensor of the front of the mirror. This should be on the right, front, side of the mirror while sitting in the driver's seat, facing forward.

You can also check it in the night time to activate the dimming feature by shining a light at the mirror portion, or the back side of the mirror.

Do note, that window tint will have an effect on this feature.
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Old 07-13-2021, 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by X5chemist View Post
Okay, do I understand correctly. I need to grab the clown nose and twist. If it moves, it's auto dimming?

The opposite. No need for twist on auto dimming model. Manual dim is controlled by twisting the nose.

Something I had to Google when I first got my X5 since no flip lever.

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Old 07-13-2021, 09:13 PM
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My X5 has auto dim. The red nose doesn't spin. After more troubleshooting, I'll know to get auto dim switches.
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