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How to repair a door mirror twisted off its bracket
Re-assembly of a door mirror which has come apart
Published by chr1s
06-09-2014
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If your door mirror has been twisted forward and appears to have broken off, then do not despair, it may go back together, with a bit of effort. Have a look through the photos in this guide, to see whether yours is broken or just come apart with no damage to the components.
By far the biggest part of this job is in making a special tool to apply pressure to the spring, whilst manoeuvring the parts back into position. The difficulty rating is more for the tool than the mirror removal, repair and refitting. If you are in the Cardiff area, I can loan you the tool I made.
If replacing the mirror assembly (rather than repairing), then follow steps 1-9, 26-33.

This guide was compiled when repairing the passenger side mirror on a 2012 Lounge TA, with electrically adjustable and heated mirrors and the outside temperature sensor.

I was greeted by this yesterday:
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[LIST=1][*]Tilt mirror forward (so it reflects sky, or would if it wasn't hanging off), whilst still electrically connected.

[*]Prise glass up along the bottom edge, to unclip it from the motor mechanism. I used a spatula to spread the force, as suggested by someone on another thread. Take care because it could crack.

[*]Unclip the two heated mirror contacts at the terminals on the glass.
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[*]Prise off trim panel off inside of door, with the door open. Its held on by three spring clips.

[*]Remove the four screws (8mm socket) holding the assembly to the door take care not to drop any behind the door card (like I did )
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[*]Unclip the electrical connector. The mating connector is clipped into the metalwork, and can be pulled out to make it more accessible. To separate the connector, there is a locking clip which needs to be released by squeezing.

[*]Remove the assembly from door.
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Re: How to repair a door mirror twisted off its bracket

A big thankyou for this post - and thankyou for taking the time to be so detailed. My family thought I knew what I was doing!
I returned to my panda to find the offside mirror hanging by the wire. I found this post and fixed it in around 40 minutes using the information. After removing the mirror and mount from the car I did the rest of the job in the house. My variation was to improvise a spring compression tool from a coach bolt and some larger 'mudguard' washers. I marked the position of the slots on the post on the plastic surround fit and engaged. Then refitted the spring and compressed it using the coach bolt. Using a pair of long nosed pliers as a twisting tool I then turned the slots on the post to the marked engaged position. Refitted the mirror and job done.
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Brilliant and very well written guide. Just bought a new Panda so I hope I will not need this but I think its great. Many thanks for the time you have taken on this.
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Re: How to repair a door mirror twisted off its bracket

This happened to me earlier this week, I clipped the bin that we had put out by accident and bent the mirror back. When I pulled it back int place it popped off its mount.

I actually managed to do it on the car in about five minutes once I realised it wasn't broke.
First I removed the mirror trim cover.
I used a hammer with a wooded handle that was just the right diameter to push the metal collar down against the spring.

I got my partner to hold the mirror in place while I used the hammer like a T bar pushing down on the head and using the wooden handle to locate the metal collar and push it into place. Because the handle was a softish wood it deformed slightly allowing it grip the collar so I could twist it to locate the clips.

Clip the trim back on - job done.
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Re: How to repair a door mirror twisted off its bracket

Had mine ripped off by a cyclists. Had to buy new one (40).Thing was, dealership wanted 180 to put on new one, and so saved myself 140.And it was so easy to replace.
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Thanks for the good description and pictures. I've successfully made the tool but am unable to push hard enough down to counteract the spring pressure. The spring compressor solution sounds promising but can't quite understand how it was done.

I bought a replacement mirror for 50 (the garage wanted 140) and fitted it successfully. It seemed a bit flimsy but worked ok. My wife then went to the garage to complain that the outside air temp indicator wasn't working.They took one look at the mirror and said "tell him to buy a proper one"! There's no temp sensor in the cheap ones (I thought the plug was maybe for heating).
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Quote Originally Posted by muttleysdad View Post
This happened to me earlier this week, I clipped the bin that we had put out by accident and bent the mirror back. When I pulled it back int place it popped off its mount.

I actually managed to do it on the car in about five minutes once I realised it wasn't broke.
First I removed the mirror trim cover.
I used a hammer with a wooded handle that was just the right diameter to push the metal collar down against the spring.

I got my partner to hold the mirror in place while I used the hammer like a T bar pushing down on the head and using the wooden handle to locate the metal collar and push it into place. Because the handle was a softish wood it deformed slightly allowing it grip the collar so I could twist it to locate the clips.

Clip the trim back on - job done.
Thanks very much, muttleysdad. This was extremely helpful

I also didn't want to take the full assembly off the door, nor make my own tool. As you did, I:

- Popped the actual mirror out of the frame from the left. I just used my fingers so I could get a better feel for how much force I was applying to reduce the risk of cracking the mirror.
- Unscrewed the four screws that hold the mirror mount assembly inside the mirror's outer case
- Squeezed the retaining tabs inside the housing to pop the back section out. This was surprisingly tricky for me: there's one small tab in the corner nearest the door that was easy to miss.
- Then I replaced the four screws to hold the mirror mount back inside the outer case (but with the back of the case now removed) to make the next step easier.
- I located the mirror back in place over the bracket as best I could, and used the end of my mallet's handle to press down on the top of the metal cylinder and compress the spring. This was really hard and took a few attempts. First difficulty was making sure that the protruding flanges on the bottom end of the cylinder were lined up with the gaps between the retaining ridges inside the plastic cylinder on the bracket that I was trying to push the metal cylinder down into. Then just applying enough force was tough; I really had to get my whole body weight over it. A quarter-turn clockwise when I thought I had pushed it down far enough resulted in the metal cylinder being retained inside the plastic one and the mirror was reattached!
- Then just clip the back of the housing back on and clip the mirror itself back in

Definitely tricky, but should be doable for anyone with a bit of patience and decent amount of upper-body strength!
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