How do you fix a broken door mirror?

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Originally Posted By: MalfunctionProne
Wifey just took it to an automatic car wash, now passenger mirror is hanging from the door. ?
LOL , you might have to change your screen-name!!
 

01rangerxl

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Birmingham, AL
Originally Posted By: eljefino
call the manager of the car wash?
X2. Talk to the manager of the car wash. Car washes are incredibly variable in how they deal with this. Some take a "use it at your own risk approach," others will cover damage caused by their equipment. It varies a lot.
 
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I guess you could call the manager but I see 99% of the time it would be a fruitless attempt. Chalk it up as a lose, go down to the junkyard and get another miror and if need be use the manual service carwash until it pays the difference. To bad the mirrors didn't fold back. Many theses day do and its always a good thing to have in a car. Only outcome I see coming out of a call is either #1 we are not at fault, or #2 how do I know it wasn't broken before you used the car wash. If my a miracle chance they do replace it I would use only that carwash.
 

JHZR2

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It's odd that a car wash would do such damage without an underlying defect (eg rusty screws, etc), but IME, it's three screws and a gasket or two. Not much to it. Removing interior trim prone to cracking or getting dirty. And, of course, getting paint matched is a trick and expense, depending upon paint color.
 
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99-ish Excursion. When my wife's saturn got its mirror smashed parked in the ghetto where all-day parking remains free, I priced a replacement from a junkyard for $35 or new off ebay for $26. laugh
 
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indiana
The few I`ve replaced were just held on by a few nuts on the inside of the car behind a plastic cover that hid the bolts on the mirror . I bought the replacement mirror on ebay around $35 . On my Altima I had to get a can of matching paint made from a Car paint store. The other 2 times they were a gloss black and came that way from the seller.
 
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indiana
On the power mirrors you have to unplug the connector from the old mirror and re-connect to your new mirror. Took me all of about 10 minutes to replace those mirrors above.
 
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wv usa
i managed to get a screw to hold mine on,there is really nothing to screw onto but it worked, still holding over 1 year now mirrors on ebay are cheap but you have to take the door panel off to install them
 
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Clovis, CA
Originally Posted By: John_K
This is why I quit using car washes. All time saved is wasted arguing over broken mirrors, wipers, trim, etc.
Same here. I don't trust car washes. They use recycled water anyway.
 
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Southeastern, PA
Originally Posted By: Texan4Life
buy a new mirror unit from rockauto
This, my wife had a habit of wacking the passenger side mirror on her last van. The RockAuto replacement mirror fit fine and I had it replaced in no time.
 
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Looks a lot like the one for my wife's Windstar. The replacement came with the black plastic sail piece that fit to the window frame. I popped off a trim piece on the inside, undid three nuts and disconnected an electrical connector. Assembly was the reverse, very easy.
 
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I know it might vary from car to car but the ones I`ve replaced were so easy that I can`t understand why people are driving around with mirrors hanging off.
 
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