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Loose rearview mirror on 95 Legacy Lsi
Posted 03 August 2002 - 08:30 PM
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Posted 12 August 2002 - 11:12 AM
I had the same loosening problem in my 99 OBW, so I thought I'd fix it this past weekend. I took the assembly out -- in the dark -- brought it inside, and couldn't find anything wrong with it. Took the assembly out to the car the next morning, and found this little disk on the floormat. It popped neatly into place in the socket. I put the assembly together, and now the mirror functions perfectly -- and stays in place.
Apparently, with use and age, this little metal disk can become dislodged from its correct position, causing the mirror to come loose. If you bought your car used, I'll bet the previous owner had taken the mirror apart, lost the disk, and just reassembled it.
Also, the ball (attached to the back of the mirror) should have a thin plastic cover over it.
Hope this helps.
Posted 12 August 2002 - 08:11 PM
I had taken mine apart a couple weekends back. I thought I heard something fall, but the screw was in my hand, so I shrugged it off. I definitely didn't have a disk when I put it together. And once I read your post, I vaguely recalled seeing something, but thought it was just a washer (I was doing some other stuff on the car at the time.)
Long story short, I took my mirror off again tonight. No disk. I went scratching around in the car, figuring "this is a needle in a haystack" search. I guess Murphy smiled on me this time. I found the disk! Put it in and things are really tight now.
In my attempt to tighten my clamshell (not realizing that I had lost the disk), I had taken a file to the tiny little nub on the clamshell. It's about 1mm x 1.5mm, on the "interface" surface. When the mirror is together, it would be towards the windshied. I had observed that it kept the two halves of the clamshell slightly spaced and reasoned that if I filed it down a bit, it would help. It did, but now I've got an especially tight mirror ball socket with the disk back in there! I didn't even take it all off, just ran the file over it a couple of times. One "might" try this if things are still loose, but do so at your own risk. Easy to remove metal, but not easy to put it back on. I was able to loosen my mirror a little by backing the screw off just a hint. The screw shouldn't really move around and loosen as a rule. It's one of those interference locking thread style fasteners.
Tidbit - Years ago, I mounted a couple of aftermarket exterior mirrors on my car. The ball socket was just metal on metal, no plastic or disks etc. They kept drooping no matter how much I tried to tighten the screw. I finally took the socket apart and grabbed my hammer and center punch. I put the ball on some wood (something soft) and proceeded to "dimple" the ball with the center punch. It worked. The dimples provided just enough additional resistance to prevent the mirror from drooping. IIRC, the one was proving to be particulary stubborn even after dimpling it a few times. I finally grabbed my vice grip and gently squeezed the ball in the jaws a few times to roughen it up. That did the trick. Necessity is the mother of invention.
I wouldn't really recommend this on the Subaru mirror since it has that plastic "cap" in the ball joint. Just thought I'd throw it out there since it might help someone, somewhere.
Posted 13 August 2002 - 05:46 PM
You're welcome. Glad it worked out for you. I figured someone, somewhere must have had the same/similar experience. Lucky you found the "washer." Who would think something as simple as a mirror would have so many little parts?!
Also, I need to stop working on the car in the dark!!
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