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Old 02-24-2006, 02:35 AM   #1
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well i knew it would happen eventually..i finally took off a side mirror ...has anyone ever tried to repair one with say maybe some washers?..one bolt ripped out a pretty good chunk but the other just pulled thru..other than that the mirror is fine so i'd rather repair it if I can...any ideas?

can anyone tell me what sort of bolt holds them on?..will i need an odd size tool or anything?(besides the one to take the door panel off)
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I've got quite a bit of experience taking them off. Started with my first Bonne.

You need to remove the door panel (make sure window is up)
Remove the plastic water shield (bit piece of white plastic)
Using your hand ((Driver side = right hand, passenger side = left hand) reach in where the mirror attaches and feel the two 10mm nuts that hold the mirror to the car.
Unplug the electrical connector for the mirror if equipped.

They are at an odd angle and this creates the issue.
Sockets are usually worthless. And I have tons some cool ratchets...no room
Rregular wrench took me 45 minutes to remove just the mirror.
Ratcheting wrench takes about 15 minutes.
Pivot head ratcheting wrench takes about 5 minutes.

Due to the curve of the door and the window regulator and window leading edge (you'll see) it is tough to get, far from impossible though.

The extent of the damage to my mirror housing led me to get a different assembly, I was able to scuff with a superfine sandpaper, prime and use a spray can of touch up to paint the mirror as it wasn't the right color.

Hope this helps.
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If the 2 bolts have just broken out of the mirror assembly, put them back together. then use something like JB Weld to put a layer of material over the broken sections. test fit on the door and shave off excess material to allow it to lay flat on the door. the trick comes in making the broken off bolt assemblys stay on the mirror with pressure added. there isn't much for the material to stick to, it'* pretty flat and it doesn't melt into the plastic material. the trick at this point it to use very small screws and pre-drill smaller holes through the extra material into the mirror assembly.

you've basicly created a washer over the bolt pieces (this will not go anywhere because the bottom of the bolt piece it bigger), and screwed the "washer" to the mirror assembly.
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i was definatly considering JB Weld..everything is there..the bolts and everything is intact..even the hunks of plastic from the housing are on the door.

luckily its the passenger side and you have to stick your hand out of the window to adjust it..so no wires or anything to worry about
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I took one off personally during a drunken snowball fight. I ran into the mirror and took it right off. After a whole winter of a hanging mirror, driving with it wedged in the window ( sounds confusing. i took the hanging mirror and wedged it in a partially open window whilst driving.) i tried JB Weld due to the sucess stories on the back of the package. Lasted a few weeks then the hold was very flexible/ beakable. I tried bondo and it worked like a charm. Still holding up to this day. The mirror glass broke when this happened but I finally got a replacement from Advanced AP for like 14 bones. The bondo is holding strong about 1 year later, but I have yet to paint it. I was going to rebolt it one, but the plastic or whatever it is on the mirror broke off, and taking the door panel off is a PITA on a 92 with power locks. BONDO is good. Lot of fun with a dremel (or black and decker "rotary tool" like I have). Someday I will paint it, but im sure the car is going to die before that ever happens.

edit: I will try to take some pictures, but I lack a digital camera and the one I bought my girlfriend for christmas, well she lost the charger for it. She hates the bonne: "It looks like a spaceship" Too bad she drives a jeep.
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hmm..i'll have to price bondo..it may be cheaper to just get one off Boost and repaint it since I have a can of paint..i can definatly see how Bondo would work well though..i'm also dremal-less..so i'd have to get a bit as well to shave it.
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I had a similar thing happen and I got the 3-M product to adhere nameplates on bodywork. Be careful because it dries with a clear yellow color, so you don't want to be too liberal with the use... It'* held up for about 4 months. I have a replacement mirror but I've been putting off replacing it as the repair is holding up well.
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