Karl - Thanks for the response. Not likely that the car wash will pay with
all their disclosures. And a legal recourse would be futile.
But what type of holes are you referring too? I can see a plastic arm that
the spring attached to looking down the hole into the assembly which I
believe it slipped off of and can be re-attached. The question is.... how
do I re-attach it? Is there link to a schematic that shows how it done
Somebody PLEASE tell me there's a way to do this other than paying $450+ a
pop for new mirrors.
Before you spend that for the mirrors, suggest you check with wrecking
yards. virtually all the benzes in my favorite Ft. Worth. yard have
been hit in the rear, and the rest of the car is in nice shape.
the left spring hook slips over an "L" shaped protrusion.
the right spring hook does so similarly
it's possible that the impact to car wash equipment broke the
L-shaped metal, and if you look closely you may see shiny
exposure in otherwise blackened metal parts.
Yeah, the mirror design is almost identical (to W202). The broken
"hinge" I was talking about is the upside-down J shape metal (kind of
black but shining) between the left yellow circle and the mounting base.
Not sure if the design is the same. On the 96 C280 (W202) we have, the
mirror cover can be slided off. I forget if the mirrow swings forward
or backward (or both ways) to get to the clips. They are just indents
(two or three) built into the cover. Once the cover is off, the spring
is exposed. You need the strong spring hook that is usually used to
attach the drum brake spring. The one I have says 116-589-01-62-00.
Like what Karl said, I suspect the hole (or the hinge) is now broken.
The design should be robust enough to swing the mirror back when no
force is applied on it.
Why did I work on the mirror? We hit the garage door frame one day when
backing out. The hinge broke. It is metal but my local metal workers
say it is kind of cheap alloy that is easy to make but not strong and
could not be welded.
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