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Springs and...uh...dealers?

The spring tensioner that holds the exterior mirror from flopping around decided to let go. Go figure! Just how does one re-tension the mirror onto its housing and does anyone know of a source for new spring bushings outside of a dealer? Or for that matter, is there an online OE Porsche parts dealer in cyberspace?
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Old 01-24-2007, 04:25 PM
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Pull the wires through the bolt and use a 12 point 12 mm bit and a bunch of pressure to screw the base back onto the mirror mounting. Apply a bit of Loctite to the threads first.

The bit is the same as is used on the flywheel to crank bolts.
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Hey SoCal, but what do you mean by "pull the wires through the bolt" and what is a 12 mm bit (a socket?)? Locktie in this application makes a helava lota sense.
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Okay, now that my brain is working logically I think I've got it. Once wires are secured, first screw the mirror housing onto its base soaped with locktite, then press down hard onto the base/housing assembly and secure with the Allen bolt using a 12 mm hex socket. I'll give it a shot. Do I require therapy or have I got it right? Thanks again, and again Hugh!
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Once you get the technique down, will you fix mine for a case of beer, before the damn thing falls off?
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If the bolt is still treaded you can use a large screwdriver by wedging it into the splines and turning. Push the wire bundle to the side. You may scar the wire bundle sheath just don't cut any wires with the screwdriver blade.

Check the local VW or an after market shop for BMW's for tools.

If the threads are striped out you will have to get another housing. Should be able to find one in the same color as your car. The bases are supposed to be different; early verses late.
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12 point tool is just like a hex tool but with 12 points instead of 6...

Commonly called 'cheeseheads,' '12 point internal tools,' and something else.

VW's use them for headstuds, Chevy's use them for something or other, and Porsches use them for CV joints and apparently the mirrors?
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The mirror housing does not appear stripped Socal but I cant figure how it came separated from the housing and unfortunately it is.

Okay, cheeseheads; now Ive really got it. Have a complete set of em and your right Pozican, I have removed many VW cylinder heads and CV joints with em as well as recently the camshaft sprocket bolt for the 944.

If I figure it out Harpman2, I would be happy to help. Getting the mirror off without destroying wires or plastic parts was a trick in itself. You feel up to a cruise to sunny Florida one weekend? BTW, I drink Bud Red.

Thanks again guys, Ill try and finish her up Friday evening and let you know how it went.
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Ok, sounds like all of us with loose mirrors are crashing at Randy's house to get our mirrors fixed...how does spring break weekend sound? Exactly how far are you from the beach? Now..how do I loosen my mirror and make it easy to fix?
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Aim for the edge of the garage door while intoxicated and hope for decapitation of the mirror without further body damage.

Any excuse for a beach trip!
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