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Chilling Flapping wing mirror - How to fix :)

For the first time ever I found a repair that didn't turn up in a search on this site, my turn to make a contribution methinks...
Theres a circlip type arrangement that holds the mirror mounting post together that popped off, seems everyone else just replaces their mirror I thought I'd have a go at repairing it first.

1) Remove the 3 Pozi screws holding the mirror to its mounting hinge:

2.) Lift the mirror off its mounting post, carefully turn it over without damaging the wiring and remove this phillips-head screw.

3.) Now for the tricky bit, there's another screw behind the glass and its set at a rather crappy angle, I ended up using a flat screwdriver and undoing it little by little.

4.) Wiggle the mounting post hardware out of the housing, turn it over and you'll see some small plastic clips holding the glass to the adjustment mechanism, carefully pop the glass off. http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/attac...1&d=1383747060

5.) Remove the plug for the electric adjuster. http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/attac...1&d=1383747060

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6.) You'll notice there's a spring, a washer and the circlip thingy that's the cause of all you pain, I lubricated the mounting pillar with a bit of silicone grease to help it work easier the next time i bash it on a wall. http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/attac...1&d=1383748206

7.) Now you'll need a hollow tube that's the same size as the outer ring of the circlip, IT MUST NOT TOUCH THE INNER GRIPPING BIT! I used this collar but a socket would also work, whatever's handy http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/attac...1&d=1383748206

8.) Put all the bits in the right order and clamp in the vice like so, you need to ensure that the circlip thingamawatzit is perfectly centered. Turn the vice handle until it presses back into place. http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/attac...1&d=1383748206

9.) I mushroomed the end of the mounting post with a ball-peen hammer to try and prevent it from slipping off again. http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/attac...1&d=1383748206

Re-assemble everything, but remember to clip the glass back on last to avoid the struggling with that PIA screw behind the glass.

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