Author Topic: Vibrating side mirror repair  (Read 1319 times)

RyanY

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Vibrating side mirror repair
« on: July 18, 2018, 12:48:02 PM »
It's a common problem on Monteros for the side mirror glass to shake and vibrate badly enough to make the mirrors useless on some surfaces. I've found a pretty quick and easy fix that seems to work better than many others: a hot glue gun. I did this repair last night with the mirror still on the vehicle in about 10 minutes, which included taking photos and waiting for the hot glue gun to heat up.

Start by removing the attaching screw through the access hole in the bottom of the mirror housing.



The mirror glass should come free at this point - it's supported by two plastic tabs at the top, which is where it usually breaks at. I had replaced my mirror with a used one last year because the base somehow got broken in a parking lot. It turns out that a previous owner of the mirror had already repaired it once using superglue and clear silicone, neither of which proved to be a permanent fix for it.



After scraping the crap off of it and cleaning the surfaces with rubbing alcohol, I liberally applied hot glue to both surfaces at both connection points. Sorry for the poor quality phone pic.



After reassembling the mirror to the housing I replaced the screw on the bottom only to find that it had been stripped out and wouldn't tighten up, so I applied a shot of hot glue to the screw and tightened it as much as possible. If it turns out that the screw won't hold I'll have to take the mirror glass back out and repair the area that the screw goes into with some epoxy. 

Crumb

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Re: Vibrating side mirror repair
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2018, 05:32:47 PM »
 Nice. Hate jiggly mirrors.

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Re: Vibrating side mirror repair
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2018, 08:24:03 AM »
Need to do this to my drivers side, I've just gotten used to it over the years.  Funny this is a common issue!