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Old 01-10-2013, 11:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Folding mirror problem

Driver side - it's getting more common now, and most times will not fold back out anymore (I have to drop the window and push it out). After pusing it out, it will ALWAYS fold back in later on (when it's supposed to, on the switch) - you can hear the mechanism wind away, then a bit of a cracking sound, then it folds in - like it suddenly engages. Next morning though, I'm probably going to be pushing it out again.

Quite irritating - has anyone had this before? Is it an easy fix?

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i can remember someone having the same problem, they stripped it down and greased everything put it back together and was fine, i think it worth ago?
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I had this problem on the passenger side, but fortunately it happened within the warranty period and the mirror was replaced.
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Mine has started doing this on the PS. Is it easy enough to get the cover off, don't want to break anything.
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Mine has started doing this on the PS. Is it easy enough to get the cover off, don't want to break anything.
Spraying behind the mirror with WD40 may cure it and wont do any harm.
You could try blasting with air from a compressed air line to clear out any spiders etc. first before giving it the WD40 treatment though.

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I'll give it a go next weekend.. was way to cold to consider it this weekend! Have a door pillar chrome set to put on as well, and I'm thinking about the reversing camera kit from 300Cshop..
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Just done the WD40 job and it seems to have sorted it. Fingers crossed
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Spraying behind the mirror with WD40 may cure it and wont do any harm.
You could try blasting with air from a compressed air line to clear out any spiders etc. first before giving it the WD40 treatment though.

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Just done the WD40 job and it seems to have sorted it. Fingers crossed
Thanks for the heads-up Jack.
I'll try that on mine and if successful i have some spray on white grease...i'll try that as well for a longer lasting effect.
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Thanks for the heads-up Jack.
I'll try that on mine and if successful i have some spray on white grease...i'll try that as well for a longer lasting effect.
Not sure about the "spray on white grease", may be OK if it doesn't thicken up too much, but nylon mechinism's don't normally need lubrication. Its just a case of washing the spiders/gunge/muck out.
The grease may be a bit too sticky and collect more debris and fail quicker.


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Not sure about the "spray on white grease", may be OK if it doesn't thicken up too much, but nylon mechinism's don't normally need lubrication. Its just a case of washing the spiders/gunge/muck out.
The grease may be a bit too sticky and collect more debris and fail quicker.


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Point taken regarding the grease viscosity.

what i also have is spray silicon ' grease' bought to lube the hydraulic levelling jacks on my american RV which would very often stick in the down position.

no thicker than WD40 but leaves a 'dry' film of silicon lubricant on whatever it' s sprayed on.

i' ll try just WD40 first.....if ever it stops snowing

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