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Old 09-05-2016, 12:14 PM   #1
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Rusty Side Mirror repair

Is anyone else suffering with rust on their very expensive side mirrors?

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I have to take it apart to get the rust completely off and refinish it. First step, get the right screwdriver.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Then I could use both hands to unhook the connector. There is the wrench with the broom handle.

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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.

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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.

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