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1998 SL2: driver's side wing mirror vibrates in its housing. The dealer wants $300 to fix it. It's annoying, but not a safety hazard that must be fixed. I would like to remove the unit, take it apart, see if something needs to be tightened, but I can't figure out how to proceed.

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  • allenwh Aug 07, 2008

    Mike258's solution was very helpful, but overkill. It turns out the issue was simple. The mirror is mounted to the frame at three points (3 screws & nuts). One of the screw mounts, which are part of the plastic mirror frame, had broken off, so the screw in that mount, while attached to the frame, was not attached to the mirror. The mirror was thus only attached at two points = wiggle/vibration vs. solid attachment provided by three points. I have made a repair, will wait to see if it "takes." If not, it's off to the junkyard . . .

    allenwh

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Hi allenwh,

Only $300.00 to fix? Wow. How much to replace? Here are some other, less expensive options and advice. First, save your money.

If it's a manual mirror (little joystick adjuster on the door), you can unscrew the trim panel and check the control rods (sort of like brake lines on a bicycle). Don't think this will be very effective though.

If it's electric, all the moving (rattling) parts are inside the mirror.

To actually get to them to make adjustments would be somewhat difficult if not destructive. Once the glass is attached, it's pretty much there forever.

An alternative to the repair would be a replacement with a twist

Call a few of your local salvage yards.
See if the have a 98 SL2 mirror in your color. Most of the more established yards have this info on computer and mirrors are something they keep an inventory of.

To replace it, you'll need to pull the door panel But you were planning on that anyhow. At least this way you aren't wondering if it's going to be fixable.

If you decide to go this route, Click on the ASK button. I'll get you through.

Bottom Line: Replace the mirror yourself with a used one. Cost should be less than $40.00

Remember: Good things happen for those who Rate!!!

Mike

Posted on Aug 06, 2008

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    Justin Case Aug 07, 2008

    Hello again,

    Thanks for taking the time to Rate the response. I usually do a follow up. But whenever I get rated less than a 'FixYa' , I try to find out how I can provide better service or advice while at the same time maintaining my rating.

    If my response did not fully answer your question, I may have missed something. I've spent a lot of time inside Saturns. So I'm sure I can help you out.

    What do you need to solve your problem? How can I 'FixYa'?
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