I managed to fix the wing mirror problem on the weekend (hurrah!).
For the benefit of those that might need to try this, here is what the problem was...
Basically, the problem was with the centre console switches being 'dirty' and the contacts underneath the switch not working properly. You may have the same problem if you experience intermittent movement of the mirrors when operating the switches. It probably took anly about 10 minutes to fix.
The wingmirror switches, fog light switches, and the small storage bin are contained within a separate plastic sub moulding attached to the centre console.
Using bare hands, I managed to prise up this moulding from the suround. There is a tab which sticks out under the surround to the front of the moulding and therefore the back part should be lifted out before the front.
Once out, just disconnect the wiring plugs to the switches and you have the moulding in your hand to play with at leisure. From this point it is relatively easy to prise off the backing to the wing mirror switches using a very small electronic flat screwdriver (be careful though as the plastic is quite delicate here) to expose the metal contacts underneath the switches.
I had a fair amount of 'grease' type substance over the contacts. Perhaps the grease is meant to be there to protect the contacts from rust, alternatively, they could have been the result of some spillage on the surface (though I doubt it as the car is quite clean and such spillages would have shown)
Finally, just wipe contacts with a slightly damp cloth that does not leave any 'bits' behind (sorry for the technical term
). Put it all back together again, test before reinserting the moulding into the surround, and bob is your uncle!
Works great - feel like I've saved some money and hassle.
Sorry if the description is confusing without photos. Hopefully it may help someone.
Originally Posted by Big Jon
The mirrors can stick a bit sometimes through lack of use (by that I mean adjustment, I'm not criticising your use of the mirrors while driving
). Assuming the switch, fuse and motors are ok then try a bit of gentle persuasion while adjusting i.e. if you're adjusting the mirror then apply a bit of pressure to push the mirror in the direction you want it to go. Note I said a bit of pressure as it shouldn't need much to help it along. I don't want you posting ref. a cracked/broken/dislodged mirror
. If this helps then try moving the mirrors round their full adjustment to help free them up a bit.
If this doesn't work then the only option I can think of is to replace the switch next.