As the miles and years pour on with a few examples, the side mirrors is an area that can cause some grief. Here is a brief write up on how to service the side mirrors on these cars.
Issue: Continuous clicking noise from mirror anytime the car is placed in reverse and the mirror only tilted half way down. Mirror was adjusted fine. My car is out of warranty.
1) New mirror-guessing here-$350.00-$500.00 installed.
2) Fix the current mirror using parts from another mirror. Mirror assembly does not need to be removed from car.
I picked up a side mirror for a pretty good deal off of Ebay and though it was not the correct color, I was only interested in the guts.
OK, first thing is to remove the mirror. Grab the mirror on the bottom and yank out with a quick tug towards you. The bottom of the mirror should pop out and then the top of the mirror slides out. You will then see the image below.Often times just one side of the bottom mirror comes out. Just pull on the other side.
E-These two leads are for the mirror heater. Just pry them out from the mirror using a flat head.
A-Those slots is where the top of the mirror slides into/out of during an R/R.
B-This is where the mirror snaps into/or out of during an R/R
C-Once the mirror is out of the way-remove this screw and the spring behind it. The white plastic square mirror holder can now be pulled out. Be gentle as there are two plastic worm bolts attaching this to the motor arms. Just give it a tug and work it out.
D-Now remove these 3 phillip screws which hold the front and rear housing together. This is the tricky part as on the bottom right Marked E is a plastic piece that snaps both pieces together. Moving the housing up and down will get it to lodge loose. In my case the tiny little clip snapped but no big deal as the mirror goes back just fine. You may be able to pry into the inside end of the mirror by removing a plastic clip (not shown). Get this and everything else is easy.
This is the housing frame. No need to remove the mirror from the car which makes things more complicated. The line points to the position sensor which slides right off the motor housing.
The two leads are for the two motors. One for up/down and the other for left/right. They pry right off with ease.
Front and rear housing. Notice the 3 clips that need to be squeezed to remove from the frame.
OK, after I tested the replacement mirror I noticed that one of the motors was bad (thus the price I paid). So I used one of my good motors in the motor housing which easily separates. Both motors are the same(notice part#) and interchangeable. Inspect the worm gear on the end as this could be a potential issue. There are 6 areas that can cause issues with the mirror. The primary one appears to be the worm bolt pictured below which strips over a period of time. The motor arms that grab the worm bolt can also wear over time causing the clicking. I had to replace both a plastic worm bolt and motor arm on mine as they were wore in the middle which explains why my mirror stopped midway while tilting down and just clicked.
Back of the mirror. A-tilts into the slot and B snaps in the frame above. Notice where the heater leads go on the left side.
Motor housing separated. Notice the gears in there? Inspect for wear or broken teeth. Only takes one.
OK, this is the motor arm. The motor spins this and the arms go into the threads on the worm bolt which in turn moves the mirror around. If the tiny little arms are not sharp and worn then they will not fit into the grooves and click click click.
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