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Donnelly 012017 rear-view mirror on 2000 regal

Mirror has fogged, with clear oval circle in its center, with "auto" on or off.

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  • Jerry Steinberg Dec 01, 2008

    Mirror developed a circular fog

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    replace the mirror?

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Have to buy a new mirror or:

I was able to avoid buying a new mirror, but my mirror also became so foggy that it was unusable. This correction will not allow the Auto Dimm feature to work!!!!!!! But at least the mirror will function as a mirror. This took me about an 1 1/2 hours (glue needs to dry).

1) Take the mirror off the windshield
metal lever held mine in place
mirror then slides off
disconnect wires

2) Pull the mirror apart
it's glued together
Don't brake the plastic

3) Seperate front glass from the auto dim element
a clear front glass is sandwiched to the
element with a series (or piano style)
of metal clamps
the element is a reflective surface
the clear glass may brake, this is OK
it will not be reused, Be Careful Not
To Cut Yourself
Don't damage the reflective element, though

4) Clean the surface of the element
Be Careful Here, the element scratches
more easily than the glass surface would
have

5) Disconnect the 2 wire connector connected
to the element circuit
this is just a safety step to prevent the
element from trying to work and possibly
heating up

6) Put everything back together
glue the mirror back together
reconnect the mirror wiring if you
need to (my mirror had the compass
that needs power)
put it back on the windshield

I performed this repair about 6 months ago and have not had any problems. The element is the reflective surface that the mirror already used, so it reflects as it should. The auto dim feature, as stated before, does not work, but I didn't have to pay a couple hundred bucks for a new mirror or a used one that would eventually do the same thing. Their is a gap from the plastic edge of the mirror to the element the width of the clear glass that was removed. It is not noticeable to anyone but you.

Posted on Apr 02, 2009

  • bushidodan_7 Mar 02, 2011

    I also had a similar problem with my dads same mirror on his buick and I recommend the above procedure with a few extra "helpful" hints on what I did. In step 3, I put on a set of leather gloves and put a new razor blade in a decal scraper and gently went in between the two pieces of glass all the way around until it separated itself. There is a thin flat metallic type of gasket separating the two pieces and once separated, you can easily scrape the gasket off with the razor blade. Unfortunately, the clear piece of glass seemed to have a residue embedded into the glass itself which I was unable to remove so I chose not to reinstall it. Hope you have better luck! As far as removing the piano style metal clamp, I was able to start at one end of each strip and lift approx. 3-4 "teeth" until I could grab hold of it and then was able to gently pull it off as one complete section (2 sections total). To make up for the space "gap" created by not using the clear glass when reassembling, I used a couple of small strips of white window double sided adhesive stripping. Finally, I used cyanoacyrlate glue to reassemble the unit, careful not to "super glue" around the light buttons. Good Luck all...

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Thank you for the excellent instructions. I just bought a pre-owned Buick Century with the same problem. I went online to find a replacement but was not happy with the prices -- and most were not new! I decided to try the above instructions and was pleasantly surprised with the results. A few helpful tips:

- Be patient when separating the plastic housing surrounding the mirror. It scratches easily, and you can break it if you're not careful.

- I was able to remove most of the cloudy film on both the reflective surface and the clear glass using finger nail polish.

- I didn't cut the wires attached to the" piano clips" -- I reassembled the unit and, to my surprise, I was able to retain the dimming feature. (I also glued the housing lightly just in case I need to repeat the procedure).

Good luck!

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Http://www.radar-mirror.com/Mirror_Repair.html
Liink aove to company that repairs mirror for a lot less than replacement cost

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