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Old 11-01-2004, 03:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all, hope someone can help. I reached across in my wife's BMW, and somehow clouted the rear-view mirror with my elbow. It's now dangling by the wires. It looks like a ball-joint type fitting, so I tried popping it back on, only for the 'stalk' to click off where it joins the windscreen!
Neither part looks broken, but I have no idea how to get them back on. Any advice?
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Old 11-01-2004, 11:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Drive it to the dealer. They will do it for you. $$
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Old 11-02-2004, 03:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Drive it to the dealer. They will do it for you. $$
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Thanks anyway, but I was afraid they'd simply flog me a new mirror, and seeing as it's the auto-dimming unit, that would have cost a bomb!
In case anyone cares, it's actually simple to sort out. The ball won't fit back into the mirror no matter how hard you push it. However, pry out the socket with a screwdriver, put the ball back in the socket and push the assembly back into the mirror - fixed! Also, the arm attaches by holding it at 90 degrees anticlockwise flush against the mounting point, then twisting to vertical.
I hope one day this post saves some other clutz a bit of money.
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Old 11-14-2004, 03:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Carrot+Nov 2 2004, 04:50 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Carrot @ Nov 2 2004, 04:50 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-hinheken@Nov 2 2004, 06:18 AM
Drive it to the dealer. They will do it for you. $$
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Thanks anyway, but I was afraid they'd simply flog me a new mirror, and seeing as it's the auto-dimming unit, that would have cost a bomb!
In case anyone cares, it's actually simple to sort out. The ball won't fit back into the mirror no matter how hard you push it. However, pry out the socket with a screwdriver, put the ball back in the socket and push the assembly back into the mirror - fixed! Also, the arm attaches by holding it at 90 degrees anticlockwise flush against the mounting point, then twisting to vertical.
I hope one day this post saves some other clutz a bit of money.
Regards
Mark H.
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When you say 90 degrees anticlockwise, what exactly do you mean?
Is it like a clock showing 9:45? And then you turn it anticlockwise to go vertically?
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