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How do I dismantle/replace passenger door mirror?


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Good day, good folks of the Legacy club  :smile:

I have a 2 car (side by side) car port with brick walls so my Subi goes in forwards and 'tother car backwards.  I fold in the mirrors on the Subi and get it as close to the wall as possible - not right up against as there's some wood stored at the base but fairly close to give good access into drivers doors to both cars.

SWMBO reversed out the other day folding out the mirrors on the way and dragging the one along the wall and busting it up  :ohmy:

Well, its a folding/heated mirror and I found a s/h one from similar age Subi on fleabay for 50 squid delivered.  However, it's the wrong colour for my car and I don't know if it's a folder or not.  So I want to take it apart so's I can respray the front, maybe to fit to replace the broken bits on the original unit.  The mirror glass is OK there.

Can anyone advise how to dismantle these mirror assemblies or point me to instructions please?

Ta very much.

Jerry

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The above linked post helped me to start with but not with my need for further dismantling which I achieved after much head scratching :cool:

There's lots of video's on how to change the mirror glass on u-tube but none go further for my specific 2009 Legacy in how to take the mirror assembly apart so that the front cover can be painted if desired.  Well, I got it apart.

For this model, the glass can be removed either by getting it out of the plastic holder as described in videos or by fetching the black holder from the white mount:

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The mount (and plate) may then be removed by extracting the central screw.

To further dismantle it is necessary to remove the front coloured cover (which is what I want off to re-paint).  This is held by hooks through the main body part, 3 easily accessible at the outer end, 2 are hidden below the adjusting motor mount and 1, nearest the inside end is completely inaccessible, but no matter.

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First, prise away the 3 accessible hooks, pushing the cover forwards as much as possible.  To get to the 2 under the adjusting motor mount, remove 4 screws holding it on.  The hooks are accessible with difficulty through the 2 holes.  I have an LED on cable powered by a LiPo Battery which gives me light in tight spaces.  Such is necessary (helpful) in finding these hooks and I used the long strong hex keys to prise off these 2 hooks.  The front cover can then be removed, pulling the loose end round, releasing the final hook.

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Screws securing the main frame and the indicator repeater are now accessible from the front.  However, so far, I have been unable to remove the main frame completely.

I hope this helps others.

Jerry

EDIT:  I just realised some of this is rubbish.  There's actually 4 accessible hooks, 3 at the outer end and 1 at the top.  There is only 1 hidden under the main frame accessible through the larger hole on the left.  Releasing this allows the cover to be removed.

Anno Domini strikes again  :wacko:

 

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Complete dismantlement success  :biggrin:

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Above EDIT comment does not entirely do me justice.  There is a front cover hook accessible through the small hole but it is for the lower (black) cover.

To remove the lower front cover release the LH hook, then the middle hook through the small hole in the motors frame.  Pull the outer end away from the main body and the final hook can just be seen near to the folding motor mount.  Poke with a screwdriver or other thin rod to release this and the cover comes off.

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To finish complete dismantling it is necessary to release the wires from the plug body.  Carefully record (photograph/drawing) location of each colour wire.  Remove 2 clips/retainers one each side of the plug:

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I think that just about covers it.

Only hope I can remember how to put it all together once the weather improves so I can remove the broken mirror.

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