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Old 10-27-08, 05:36 AM   #16
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Old 07-13-09, 06:53 PM   #17
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I just replaced the motor in my 85,000 mile Lexus and this thread was immensely helpful! Thank you! However, a few things need to be clarified to make it easier.

1) Remove the FRONT housing first. The rear housing (around the mirror) is held on with a hidden screw from the back.

2) After removing the three screws under the mirror - pry the housing apart on the outside and stuff paper towels in the gap (top and bottom) to hold it apart and create pressure. Now use a hook, pick, and small screw driver to release the three little white retaining tabs. They are a standard Y shaped retainer so you have an ear on the top and bottom to release. After they release gently wiggle the housing up and down so as not to break the retaining tab on the right side - I got mine off without breaking it.

3) Check the donor motor! My donor motor up and down worked for about 60 seconds and died! The motor assembly is easy enough to take apart - if you got this far you will have no problem

4) While you have it apart you probably need to paint the black trim around the mirror. Mine looked terrible - it was fading and the plastic was literally rubbing off. Not to impressive considering I live in CT and Lexus is garage kept. The black trim just snaps on. I carefully wet sanded it down with 600 grit sand paper and then painted it with semi-gloss automotive paint that I got from our local automotive paint supplier. Looks great now.

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Old 07-13-09, 08:05 PM   #18
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I just replaced the motor in my 85,000 mile Lexus and this thread was immensely helpful! Thank you! However, a few things need to be clarified to make it easier.

1) Remove the FRONT housing first. The rear housing (around the mirror) is held on with a hidden screw from the back.

2) After removing the three screws under the mirror - pry the housing apart on the outside and stuff paper towels in the gap (top and bottom) to hold it apart and create pressure. Now use a hook, pick, and small screw driver to release the three little white retaining tabs. They are a standard Y shaped retainer so you have an ear on the top and bottom to release. After they release gently wiggle the housing up and down so as not to break the retaining tab on the right side - I got mine off without breaking it.

3) Check the donor motor! My donor motor up and down worked for about 60 seconds and died! The motor assembly is easy enough to take apart - if you got this far you will have no problem

Hope this helps!

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Old 12-20-09, 08:20 AM   #19
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PearlPower thanks for putting this up here, is there a chance we can post the pics again? for some reason I dont see them any longer, I am getting ready to tackle this issue on my wifes 05 SC, as she says its a feature she needs :-)

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Old 12-20-09, 09:08 AM   #20
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Will get them up later today.
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Both my left and right mirrors only tilt half way down when going into reverse. My 04 SC only has 20K on it. Your telling me BOTH mirrors are broken? Seems very unlikely and more like a setting is off???? Am I wrong?
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HUH? Who is telling you a thing? I don't see a prior post from you on this subject. If you do not feel your mirrors are defective , so be it.

Pics are back up.
I'm asking you that question; do you think they are defective or is there a setting to position the mirrors in the fully downward position? I don't own mulitple SC's to compare to, maybe factory they don't motorize all the way down.
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I'm asking you that question; do you think they are defective or is there a setting to position the mirrors in the fully downward position? I don't own mulitple SC's to compare to, maybe factory they don't motorize all the way down.
What exactly is the issue? Mirrors do not go down at all via buttons? In reverse? Either? Basically if a typical average 5'6" person was sitting in the car, the mirrors should be able to go down enough to see the rear wheel area.
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Old 12-21-09, 04:01 PM   #24
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Great thread, very instructive, thanks for sharing !
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Both my left and right mirrors only tilt half way down when going into reverse. My 04 SC only has 20K on it. Your telling me BOTH mirrors are broken? Seems very unlikely and more like a setting is off???? Am I wrong?
I believe Pearlpower was saying his mirror wouldn't return from the half-way down position, not that they should go farther. Yours sound like they're working normally... about half-way down is correct.

This thread is about replacing the gears/motor in the mirror housing when they cease to rotate the mirror half-way down (or back up,) or operate in an inconsistent clicky fashion. (The gears are plastic and they wear down.)

This is important because Lexus does not perform this repair. They will only replace the entire mirror housing at a truly exhorbitant cost.

Does that clear things up?
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I wanted to thank everyone who contributed to this post. My passenger mirror stopped working up/down. I bought a donor side mirror on Ebay for $70, practiced taking the donor mirror apart using the pictures, gutted it for parts and then tackled disassembly on my car mirror. After reassembly, my car works perfect again. Took me about an hour and a half total. Couldn't have done it without this great thread.
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this is an awesome tread! i just got done replacing my driver side mirror's motor. Thanks again! :woot
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hi to all CL members, first of all im a new comer in this forum. ive been viewing many forums especially sc's on CL. straight to the point, i have problem with my passenger side,side mirror. when i press the fold button from the console both side mirrors fold inwards well no problem with that,but then when i pressed it again to normalize it, the passenger side mirror went all the way outwrds, there were some clicking sound when it come to the normal position then continues to fold more outwards. can anyone tell me the problem and how to fix it DIY? or should i just buy new ones to replace them. thanks.
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I had an issue with my passenger side mirror a couple of weeks ago.

Folded in OK, but didn't go back out all the way.

Next time I drove the car it was fine. I did "exercise" it 10 times or so giving it manual assistance until it was fine. Not had it since (but then I only fold them when parking in the street which isn't often).

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Default SC 430 side mirror r/r

Photos and instructions were great. However, front frame would not separate no matter how hard I pried. Any more tips?
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