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Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing the Side Mirror

Mike Holloway

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

Tab:

$50 to $500

Talent:

*

Tools:

Phillips head screwdriver, flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz R107 (1975-86)

Parts Required:

Side mirror

Hot Tip:

Hold on to the mirror when removing last screw

Performance Gain:

Improved rear visuals

Complementary Modification:

Replace the rear view mirror

Most cars today have two side mirrors. However, for your car to be in compliance with the law, it must have at least one side mirror (located on the driver's side) that is fully functional. Over the course of time, it may become necessary to replace a side mirror. Fortunately, replacing this mirror is a relatively simple task.

This job can be accomplished with a flathead screwdriver and a Phillips head screwdriver.

Before you do any work on your car it is important that you wear safety glasses, work gloves and dispose of all fluids in a safe manner. Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability. Always wear eye and hand protection.

Before the side mirror can be removed, the positioning lever cover will have to be removed.
Figure 1

Before the side mirror can be removed, the positioning lever cover will have to be removed. There is a small sliding access panel that needs to be removed in order to slip the cover off. This is done by using a small flathead screw driver and gently sliding the panel back towards the mirror.

Care should be taken not to break the small piece.
Figure 2

Care should be taken not to break the small piece. It is also a good idea to put the small piece in a safe place for reassembly.

The lever cover can now be removed.
Figure 3

The lever cover can now be removed. Using a flathead screw driver, gently loosen the cover from the metal lever.

You can then slide the cover off.
Figure 4

You can then slide the cover off.

In order to get to the screws that hold the mirror, the chrome plated plastic guard will have to be removed.
Figure 5

In order to get to the screws that hold the mirror, the chrome plated plastic guard will have to be removed. This is done by gently lifting the piece from the doorframe.

Once the plate is removed, you will have access to the screws that hold the mirror.
Figure 6

Once the plate is removed, you will have access to the screws that hold the mirror. Using a Phillips head screwdriver, loosen and remove two of the three screws. The third one should be loosened but don't remove it unless you are holding onto the mirror with your other hand. Removing all three screws without securing the mirror may result in the mirror falling off and hitting the floor, resulting in further damage.

After the screws are removed the mirror is now liberated and free to be fixed or replaced.
Figure 7

After the screws are removed the mirror is now liberated and free to be fixed or replaced.

If there are no visible signs of corrosion, the moving components may require lubrication.
Figure 9

If there are no visible signs of corrosion, the moving components may require lubrication.

Using a micro oiler, apply oil to the moving parts and spring.
Figure 10

Using a micro oiler, apply oil to the moving parts and spring. The oil will also protect against corrosion. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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