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    Default Wing mirror repair

    Only applies to manual wing mirrors.

    Symptom: Control handle becomes sloppy and mirror no longer responds as it used to.

    Cause: Outer sheath of one control cable has punched through plastic gimbal at mirror end.

    Cure: See below.


    Mirror glass with plastic backing plate must be released from gimbal of mirror. Soak mirror and gimbal in boiling hot water to soften the plastic, then pry mirror glass with backing plate off. It is held onto gimbal with four clips.

    Unscrew gimbal from mirror body. There are 3 long screws Torx 10. Pull gimbal off body.


    Socket "V" had been punched trough on this mirror. The broken off plastic piece can be seen above the date stamp 93/6 just to the left of socket "V".

    Repair: Bore out punched through socket with a 4.8 or 5.0 mm twist drill. Make new socket out of brake pipe. One end must be spun to reduced diameter and other end be formed into a single SAE 45 degree flare. Slot the piece as shown using a hack saw or small cutting disc.

    Note the three cables are colour coded and their position is important for logical functioning of mirror control.

    Assemble control wires and gimbal into mirror body.



    The repair takes about 30 minutes depending on skills. Time for removal and refitting on car not included.
    Last edited by tolsen123; 24th December 2017 at 11:08.

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    Default Re: Wing mirror repair

    Another failure on your car, think we should steer clear of this 450 model, as being very unreliable
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    Default Re: Wing mirror repair

    Quote Originally Posted by TheAlmostInvisibleMan View Post
    Another failure on your car, think we should steer clear of this 450 model, as being very unreliable
    Not mine. This is a 2002 Smart Coupe. Mine is also from 2002 but a Cabrio.

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    Default Re: Wing mirror repair

    Does this owner fidget about a lot then?
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    Default Re: Wing mirror repair

    Quote Originally Posted by TheAlmostInvisibleMan View Post
    Does this owner fidget about a lot then?
    Mechanism is preloaded. Time under stress perhaps hastened by frequency of use and low temperatures cause material to fracture.

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