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post #11 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-03-2017, 10:15 PM
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The spring is the key. It's pretty self explanatory once you get in there.

It's a bitch to get back on though lol
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The spring is the key. It's pretty self explanatory once you get in there.

It's a bitch to get back on though lol
My first problem is just getting the mirror lens out so that I can get behind it. What's the trick to remove the lens without breaking it?
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Power mirrors the glass just pops off. The whole glass + plastic backing. Be careful. They are old, they might crack.

Non power mirrors you have to destroy to get them off. They are screwed on and then the glass is glued over the screws. You may be able to peel the glass away from the backing with some patience and a heat gun....
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It's a power heated mirror from the passenger side of my 96 Caprice. I guess that I'll just have to use a long blade screwdriver and grit my teeth.

Is there only 1 spring to worry about plus 6 or 8 phillips head screws?
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Yes one spring near the hinged area. You can see it once you get the glass out.

Needless to say...you would probably want to do this with the mirror off the car. Once you get it all apart it will be much easier to work on a bench.
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Thanks. The mirror assembly is off the car. I replaced it with an entirely new mirror assembly. Now that I can play with the one that won't fold and if I screw up, I won't feel so bad.

If the spring is as tough as you say to get it back in place, I'm guessing that I'll have to mount the mirror to a 2 x 6 or something and then put the 2 x into a bench vice. It sounds like I'm going to need two hands to work the spring so holding it my lap or on a bench with one hand probably isn't very likely.
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I did it in my lap. It wasn't very fun.

It was also a combination of not having the right tools. Some really long needle nose pliers would have helped a lot. Maybe even the ones with the curved tip.
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It's a power heated mirror from the passenger side of my 96 Caprice. I guess that I'll just have to use a long blade screwdriver and grit my teeth.

Is there only 1 spring to worry about plus 6 or 8 phillips head screws?
You should be able to get the mirror out with your fingers. Tilt it all the way down (or up) and get your fingers in the gap and yank.

It's 8 screws total (if you're not messing with the motor). 2 in the body side of the folding mechanism, 6 in the glass side. Of 6 on the glass side, two are on the outside bottom, the rest are behind the glass. 4 holding the shell on and 2 holding on the hinge plate that has one end of the spring that holds the two halves of the mechanism together.
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post #19 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-20-2018, 03:24 PM
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I did it in my lap. It wasn't very fun.

It was also a combination of not having the right tools. Some really long needle nose pliers would have helped a lot. Maybe even the ones with the curved tip.
Anything you can get into the gap between the shells with a little room to spare will work. The trick is to angle the spring to get it out and back in. I did it with needle nose pliers (straight).
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Any pics to show us how?
https://www.impalassforum.com/vBullet...ge-mirror.html

Notes from me when I did this:

https://www.impalassforum.com/vBullet...sassembly.html

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