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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.


5.) Remove the plug for the electric adjuster.


TBC....
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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.


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


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.

9.) I mushroomed the end of the mounting post with a ball-peen hammer to try and prevent it from slipping off again.

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

Take the money you just saved and buy lots of Beer!
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Majestic!!!

I will fix both my flapping Shrek ears this weekend!
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Slight apologies for the thread resurrection but I just wanted to say that I followed these instructions today to fix my flapping Shrek's ear and it worked perfectly!

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I did a similar repair on the mirror to my old fiat bravo -seems very similar. If it helps the hollow tube I used was the 'insert' for a 22mm hep plumbing fitting which had the advantage of being mushroomed at one end already. Have not done it on my Alfa so cannot say for certain if the sizes are the but this info might help if they are.
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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.


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


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.

9.) I mushroomed the end of the mounting post with a ball-peen hammer to try and prevent it from slipping off again.

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

Take the money you just saved and buy lots of Beer!
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Thank you. You just saved me a lot of frustration and at least 70€.

When I bought my 156 (2002 facelift), both side mirrors were tie-wrapped to prevent them from flapping. Unfortunately this also prevented them from folding normally so they ended up completely busted.
I had to buy new ones (150€ for both in used condition) and paint them (the pre-facelift ones where plain black just like the mirror mount)

But last night I found my driver's side mirror busted again (I had left it closed, so this was probably done on purpose). Fortunately this time it was just like the issue you described; no busted plastics.

I took apart the mirror following your instructions. The only difference in my case was that there was one more screw connecting the mirror's arm to the cap, under the rotating mechanism. I unclipped the mirror glass and removed the mechanism's three Phillips screws, then the last screw and it was off.

I don't have a vice, so I 'm going to use a friend's tomorrow, but I am sure everything will work like a charm.
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