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Old 10-30-2011, 07:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Powered folding sideview mirror not working

The sideview power folding mirror on my driver has stopped folding. It came stuck in the open position a while back but while tinkering with it a few days back it started folding when the vehicle doors were locked remotely, though it would fold only 80-85% of the way. But after a few days it opened back on unlocking the car by it did not do so fully and the folding function does not function again. Now the mirror is wobbly as it has not locked into the fully open position. Any ideas on how I can lock it in the fully open position so that mirror stops wobbling/shaking while the car is in motion, post which I plan to disable the folding function. Also is it possible to manually fold and infold these motorised mirrors or will it damage the assembly?
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Old 10-30-2011, 09:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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We don't have the mirrors on this side of the pond(that I know of) but it would be a good idea to lube everything so it doesn't seize up in the future.

That could have been the problem to start off with.
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Old 10-30-2011, 09:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey Derek,

Haven't done this before, but would certainly appreciate tips on how to lube up the assembly. Will WD40 be the right thing to use. I am not sure if it will stain painted surface. Any kind of info. is appreciated. Thnx.
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Old 10-30-2011, 10:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If it can't be fixed with WD40 it's broken! WD40 is magical. And it wont stain the paint, just wipe it off with soap.
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WD 40 is a penetrating oil, not a lubricating oil. Würth HHS2000 would be a better lube.
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I've never taken the mirror apart and most(if not all) of the Canadian members with B's do not have power folding mirrors nor do we have it folding in any manual way either. We can bash it out of it's resting position but our mirrors on this side of the pond are mainly non movable.

WD40 will be fine to loosen it up if it needs that. But the true permanent lube that I use, and have recommended here before is the product that Mike has suggested. It's a synthetic grease and they also have a synthetic oil. Both of these spray and penetrate very well and then they set up and leave a lasting film which should last for a few months if not a lot more.

Hopefully someone on your side of the pond has played with the power mirror and can help us out here.

If you're able to rotate the mirror surface to both extreme settings, it might expose the inner mechanism a bit for you to access with the lube spray. Maybe you can spray between the present moving pieces and lube in there.

The Würth product will not damage the paint but always clean up all over-spray as quickly as you can with a mild solvent. You will have then to re-wax the solvent area.
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Old 10-31-2011, 02:23 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Hey,

Thankx for all the advice. Will attempt to lubricate the assembly. Also would like to inform everybody that the powered folding side mirrors can be folded and opened manually. That is really helpful if you need to go to the car wash and the mirrors won't fold electrically (as in my case). I guess this should be the case for all MB's with powered folding side mirrors.
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Old 10-31-2011, 02:42 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I guess this should be the case for all MB's with powered folding side mirrors.
No, No!

Not for my W209 CLK. If I did that I would break the mirror mechanism.

I expect this to be an electrical fault - not a lubrication issue, especially if it suddenly occurred.
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No, No!

Not for my W209 CLK. If I did that I would break the mirror mechanism.

I expect this to be an electrical fault - not a lubrication issue, especially if it suddenly occurred.
Guess you are right about not being able to fold powered side mirror's on all MB's. Also wouldn't I get an error message if it was an electrical problem. No such message!
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Also wouldn't I get an error message if it was an electrical problem. No such message!
NO - I think that you only get a message for engine/transmission related faults. Maybe the battery condition also.

But items like mirrors, sunroof, doors, etc do not generate messages. I don't have a fuse list for your model. Have you checked them?
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