Is anyone else suffering with rust on their very expensive side mirrors?
I have to take it apart to get the rust completely off and refinish it. First step, get the right screwdriver.
That's a Phillips #3. I had to use vise grips to spin them. Actually I had to use a rust penetrant and a hammer first. Then the wrench to hold the screwdriver while I pressed in with all my might.
Once I got them spinning, they just kept spinning. Turns out they have lock nuts holding them in place.
I finally ended up using the vise grips to grab the nuts, but to keep the wrench from spinning I duct taped a broom handle to them.
Still have to remove the wires feeding the mirror and they are short. Since I had not unhooked the connector inside and it was too short to pull out I re-hung the mirror by a couple of screws only.
Then I could use both hands to unhook the connector. There is the wrench with the broom handle.
The other wire is likely for the light as it is wired into the turn signal part of the headlight. It is long enough that I could lower the mirror to the ground.
After removing the electrical tape I found the wires were crimped in place. So I will need more tape and wire crimps when I go to put this back.
I know, I didn't do much, but I wanted to document it in case anyone else ever has to face this. Also, so I can remember the steps to put it back together... Next step is finding someone willing to re-chrome the base and the arm. Easier now that I can just drop it off.