I'm cursed. F***ing kids vandalized my Focus last night and broke off
the passenger side power mirror. I've ordered a replacement, but I
can't see how to get the old one off.
There is one torx screw visible when you open the door, which seems to
go direct to the mirror mounting plate.
There is a triangular plastic trim panel on the interior of the door
which seems to cover the remaining window screws, but I can't see how
to get it off. Tugging gently, it seems to be held on by self-adhesive
foam only, but I don't want to force it and break something more. How
do I get at the remaining screws? Do I have to remove the *entire*
Why not take the car to a dealer an let the techs do the job
for you before you brake something? Your comprehensive insurance
will pay the cost and comprehensive claims do not effect you
"Lewin A.R.W. Edwards" wrote:
It is a non-trivial amount of money for me. You aren't aware of my
circumstances. Also, the issue of what future insurance coverage I
should or should not carry is totally irrelevant to how I should
handle THIS incident, now.
Look - If I wanted to be told "take it to a dealer", I would not have
asked the question. This is replacing a mirror. It is NOT rocket
science. I simply wanted to know the location of any hidden fastening
devices. If everyone would stop trying to second-guess me and just
answer the question asked, or not answer at all, that would be just
dandy. Thanks to one (count'em) person in this NG, I have exactly the
answer I needed.
I was less restrained in my most recent response than I usually am,
but, for one reason and another, I'm in an exceedingly bad mood today.
I need to go home, have a glass of wine, and relax on the couch for a
Perhaps you want my policy number and a power of attorney, so you can
talk to my insurance company and get them to accept your gospel?
Because someone else who has done it will know exactly where the
tabs/screws/bolts/etc are, rather than me having to guess exactly how
much pressure to apply to something before deciding it's the wrong way
to remove it.
If nobody had replied, I would have done it myself and *probably* not
broken anything - I have a lot of experience opening consumer
electronics, which is often held together with plastic claws and
ultrasonic welds - but it was very nice to get an "official" answer.
Absolutely true. I have no problem with the people who didn't reply
because they didn't know, or didn't care, or couldn't be bothered
replying - that's their prerogative. I also would have had no problem
with people saying "gee, I'm not sure, but maybe XYZ".
In any case: You have *no* idea how pissed off I am about the incident
(it's a direct result of us moving to a bad neighborhood, and I was
NOT in favor of that move, and I'm locked in to a 2-year lease now).
I'm sorry for the language (searching google groups will show you
pretty quickly that I *very* rarely use it in the 12+ years I have
been on Usenet) but in no way am I apologetic for the sentiment. The
original poster was and is a fool, and apparently a well-known fool
(he also hides behind sock puppets).
Oh, and kindly don't patronise me with lectures on netiquette. I
daresay I've been visible on Usenet a good deal longer than you have.
while i may sympathise with your reluctant move to a "bad neighbourhood" i
certainly do not accept that it gives you the right to abuse people who
(apparantly) tried to help you. actually the first post was
yours...requesting assistance, the second post was offering their advise
which was to take it to a technician etc and claim on your
insurance....since changing a door mirror isnt rocket science and you still
asked for help i thought this was a reasonable answer, so how does that make
he/she an idiot ?????? they still advised you claim the money back, or at
least try......... and of course lets not forget...YOU dont have a problem
with people who dont really know the answer but suggest xyz..............
on another point, being on usenet for 12+ years doesnt mean you know how to
conduct yourself.......experience counts for nothing, its common decency,
and if you have been using usenet that long then you should know, as i do,
that ppl who abuse are quickly pounced upon.....
On 10 Nov 2003 05:41:32 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (Lewin A.R.W. Edwards)
No, you just need to remove the triangular piece behind the mirror. It
is held on with metal clips. Pull firmly from the side towards the
*front* of the car and it should pop off. Then you can see the 10mm
bolt you need to remove to get the mirror assembly off.
This might help:
...although I notice it omits the Torx screw that must be removed (as
you noted in your post).
Excellent post, thanks. I googled around a bit, but didn't find
anything helpful. I'm expecting the mirror to arrive on Wednesday or
so, and I should have it swapped over in a half-hour with the info you
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