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Sick Mirror

Anyone help out there..............I have a mirror that only work on one direction up/down - it will not rotate towards the car/away from the car. I have searched all the post and checked out the wiring and I'm convinced all is OK as I have tested with meter etc . The drivers mirror is OK and work in both directions.


The car is a recent purchase the mirror has always been faulty. I'm fast thinking that the mirror motor is at fault - is this likely? or would the whole mirror motor fail to work eg not respond in ANY direction?

As they are an expensive item I want to be sure before I buy a new mirror motor. I did think about "swapping" the mirrors over to prove it a motor issue - but all the wires have been soldered - so it not a 5 minute job

Any thoughts please - failed motor? Thanks in advance

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Is it only the one mirror and are the mirrors original to the car? The reason I ask is because I too have had these issue with (both) my mirrors when I installed 993 mirrors on my 86 Carrera. At the time I thought this was a good idea, would not do it again.
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Mr. H - mine is an '88, so I will answer from that perspective. Has two motors - one for up/down and one for left/right. Could be one of the motors in the mirror, could be the switch/knob connections in the door, or the plastic gears that move the mirror. I have experienced the dead motor (no sound/no movement) and misalignment of gears/ball joint out of position (motor noise, but no movement). I snagged two used mirrors off the used parts forum here and now have three working mirrors (well only two of them are on the car)

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Thanks for replies ...........original mirrors - still has 1986 stickers on.

Umm still none the wiser- the motor makes a sound when the mirror is adjusted but only tilts up/down - no left/right - no matter what plane/direction the mirror joystick is moved. Logic says that if the mirror has 2 motors then it can't be a motor fault.......as it would not respond/make a sound to the left/right movement of the mirror adjusting joystick .

Also it cant be a switch/joystick issue as the other mirror works fine and I have traced all the wiring with a MultiMeter and the wiring checks out according to the diagrams..............

Oh well maybe it something I will have to live with - but a pain as it the passenger mirror.........
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These things are a pain to open up and fix, and the part that is almost certainly broken in yours is a little white plastic piece about 10mm long and notched to fit along side a gear driven by one of two small electric motors. The fact that you can hear the motor turning but see no movement is how I can diagnose this with almost 100% certainty. The problem being is that the part you seek is not sold by itself, but as an entire assembly in addition, the specific assembly is most probably NLA.

I would go ahead and source a working mirror and see if you can just move the whole assembly over to your car.

Here is another part that could be the culprit; Broken part, need help

Good luck!
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Mine did the same thing. Turned out to be the joystick switch on the door. Mirrors were fine.
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+1 check the connector at joystick, the ground may have dislodged. no ground no worky

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