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Old 04-20-2014, 06:46 PM
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I started to consider buying a salvage mirror or tracking down the cracked metal housing but never did it. Finally the little quirks on the ol'girl were a bit much for the wife (her daily driver) so traded the x5 in yesterday. Sad to see her go - was a great car but just didn't have the time or interest to de-quirk her
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Old 04-21-2014, 11:53 AM
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So I'm waffling between the ebay gears (appear to be brass) or an aftermarket ebay mirror assembly.

Has anyone tried either of these solutions to tighten up a lose power mirror?
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I just bought some used motors (still in their black housings with the white ring at the top), and I put them in and good as new in regards to them not Flopping around during braking/acceleration OR closing a door.
Now I still have the problem of them not folding in, but I truly believe its related to the white ring's notches where the black/red/white switch sits as the mirror goes from driving position to folded in position. I think the white rings notches are not large enough, or somehow the black/white/red switch somehow over time moves just that little bit so that it no longer sits in the factory Notched positions and therefore the switch freaks out and therefore the mirror unfolds again by default as it couldnt SIT properly in the notch. I'll have to modify the notch again on these newer motor housings I bought as I know I'm on the correct path, since my switches were working perfectly and the metal tang was not missing on either of my specimens
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Old 04-23-2014, 03:13 PM
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I just bought some used motors (still in their black housings with the white ring at the top), and I put them in and good as new in regards to them not Flopping around during braking/acceleration OR closing a door.
Now I still have the problem of them not folding in, but I truly believe its related to the white ring's notches where the black/red/white switch sits as the mirror goes from driving position to folded in position. I think the white rings notches are not large enough, or somehow the black/white/red switch somehow over time moves just that little bit so that it no longer sits in the factory Notched positions and therefore the switch freaks out and therefore the mirror unfolds again by default as it couldnt SIT properly in the notch. I'll have to modify the notch again on these newer motor housings I bought as I know I'm on the correct path, since my switches were working perfectly and the metal tang was not missing on either of my specimens
Did you find the motors on ebay or ?
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found them on here. a guy selling used mirrors assembly. keep your eyes opened. e-bay is quite expensive I've noticed the last few years compared to private sales on car forums.
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Old 04-24-2014, 12:59 AM
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found them on here. a guy selling used mirrors assembly. keep your eyes opened. e-bay is quite expensive I've noticed the last few years compared to private sales on car forums.
I was thinking of trying this: Mirror motor housing
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so I fixed my power folding mirrors yesterday after I noticed the blue and white/yellow wires going into the limit switch were frayed and one eventually snapped.
SO I wired on a new limit switch and my mirrors work as new now
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Where did you find the limit switch?
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bought the whole assembly (housings, motors, wireing harness, mirror elements, mirror motors) off a boardmember here.

worth the weight in gold since it solved my problems (AFTER A BIT OF R&D).

now I have many spare parts in case motors/mirror/mounts break. Plus the colored skin is close to the color of my vehicle (could always get them repainted too), IF I ever need the painted parts replaced.
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Old 09-27-2014, 02:00 PM
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Just used this DIY to fix my driver side mirror...the clip had popped off. A little work with the needle nose pliers took care of that issue.

Well actually, I used it to fix the ebay DS mirror that I bought b/c mine was folding in from wind resistance/door shutting.

Regardless, I now have two working, folding mirrors!

Thanks for the writeup!
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