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Old 12-07-2016   #1
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Smile Fiat 500L wing mirror snapped off

Hello, likely my only post as it is a hire car - I caught the mirror on a bush and it seemed to snap right off. So the mirror and casing were hanging by a wire and the stub to the door was still attached to the door.

I checked for ideas as to how to replace it online and found some advice on this forum so I am offering my experience to others. Firstly don't panic. It looks like it can't really be fixed by a non expert but it can.

Secondly it requires a bit of trial and error and close observation of the spring load mechanism in order to reattach. It took me about 30 minutes and a trip to a DIY store to get it done.

The way to do it is to take the back moulding off the mirror - it just clips off but be gentle.
Then align the mirror at it looks like it should fit - you will notice a felt outline on the part attached to the door - that is a good guide.

You will need a pliers or a secatuers or similar to push into the hole in the circle where the lead come through. The idea here is to push down as hard as you can and twist so that the mirror casing can lock in with the handle attached to the door. You might need a good pair of gloves along with a strong set of hands. It is really a case of pushing down harder that you might wish and at the same time twisting. It took me about 30 attempts to get the lock but lock in place it did.

Worth trying but don't scrape the car. It worked for me and it can work for anyone I guess - was really pleased as I am sure it would have been a 350 fix otherwise.

Hope this helps some of you 500 L drivers.:)

Peter
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Re: Fiat 500L wing mirror snapped off

You sir just saved my marriage, thank you!

How did you figure it out? I would have never thought of that fix.

I will confirm that lots of pressure is needed. I had to stand on a ladder and lean all my body weight over it.

And have to say, it worked, but I honestly don't know why. It's a ver opaque mechanism.

Thanks again!!!!
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Re: Fiat 500L wing mirror snapped off

That is one incredible tip peter - my passenger side wing mirror got knocked off - I was going to contact my insurance company to see about getting it repaired - saw your tip, decided to give it a go - within two minutes of the wing mirror housing being taken off I had the wing mirror snapped back in to place and locked.

What really makes tip so great is your bang on the money description of what to expect whilst attempting the repair.

Thank you for sharing it, it worked beyond belief for me.
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Re: Fiat 500L wing mirror snapped off

I have to say thank you also. My wife had a slow impact which it looked as though it had sheared. As you have pointed out it must be a design feature such as my ducati mirrors. A slight knock will only need the clip put back in.

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Re: Fiat 500L wing mirror snapped off

My Punto one was held on with tape when I bought it.

Got annoyed of staring at the tape..

So unravelled it.. and saw how it SHOULD .. go back together.

The cast parts on mine were broken.. but forced it back together anyway..
it has still held perfectly for 8 months.

Amazed how it never wobbled with just tape.. these mirrors are pretty heavy..
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