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Old 02-12-2005, 11:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all,

I was driving behind an 18-wheeler today, and tire came flying out from under the truck and hit my right side rearview mirror.

Being a stury BMW, the casing was mechanically perfect, although it has some rubebr residue. The mirror however broke and fell off. I have obtained a spare mirror from someone on Ebay, and it will be here tomorrow. Any ideas on how I can install it so that the power-mirror options remain?

NOTE: I want to keep the original casing for the mirror that my car currently has. I have bought JUST THE MIRROR on EBay, and thats what I need to install.

My final option is supergluging the mirror, but I'd rather not do that!!!

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Mirror has plastic backing, that snaps onto the motorized had. If you bought OEM BMW mirror, it will come with this backing.
Take screwdriver and carefully pry-off mirror from the head. Take new mirror and snap it onto head, just check alighnment.
On other hand, if your mirror is brocken and new comes glued to the plastic backing, then you may not have to be carefull removing old mirror; just do not break snap features from the head.
I was able to remove mirror without breaking it with two screwdrivers.
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Jisang,
Mirror has plastic backing, that snaps onto the motorized had. If you bought OEM BMW mirror, it will come with this backing.
Take screwdriver and carefully pry-off mirror from the head. Take new mirror and snap it onto head, just check alighnment.
On other hand, if your mirror is brocken and new comes glued to the plastic backing, then you may not have to be carefull removing old mirror; just do not break snap features from the head.
I was able to remove mirror without breaking it with two screwdrivers.

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Thanks a lot for your timely advice. I'll do the swap and let you know how it went. Thanks.
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