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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:42 am    Post subject:  Inside mirror Removal Reply with quote

I will be needing to replace the inside rearview mirror on my '00 LS as the original has lost it's night function. (New one from dealer is $200, BTW). I've been looking to see how it's removed and the wiring is easy, just unplug from behind. What I can't find is how to remove the mirror itself. In the old days, there was a small allen set screw on the base that attached the mirror to a cast block glued to the windshield. I've looked at the base on all sides and can't figure out how it's attached.
It's probably stupidly easy, so please enlighten me!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:14 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Mine just slides off with a good pull upward.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:06 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Thanks. I am a little wary of applying too much force, don't want to pop the glued base off!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 2:46 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Is the on off indicator light working for the dimmer. If not it may just be a loose connection on the backside. If so wiggle the connector and you may be able to get it to work again if this is the case.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:27 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

[quote="Fallguy"]Is the on off indicator light working for the dimmer. If not it may just be a loose connection on the backside. If so wiggle the connector and you may be able to get it to work again if this is the case.[/quote]

Thanks, but no, that's not the issue. Problem is that the area that is supposed to darken has been shrinking away from the edges to the point it covers less than half the area of the mirror and looks kidney-shaped. Whatever liquid crystal/thermal stuff triggers or responds has exceeded it's life expectancy.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 4:28 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Fallguy wrote:
Is the on off indicator light working for the dimmer. If not it may just be a loose connection on the backside. If so wiggle the connector and you may be able to get it to work again if this is the case.


Thanks, but no, that's not the issue. Problem is that the area that is supposed to darken has been shrinking away from the edges to the point it covers less than half the area of the mirror and looks kidney-shaped. Whatever liquid crystal/thermal stuff triggers or responds has exceeded it's life expectancy.


This is common with our mirrors after a few years. I replaced mine with a used one this spring and noticed that it's starting to go again. Thankfully I have tinted windows so I don't need it as much.

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