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E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:14 AM
lovemyz3 lovemyz3 is offline
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Electric Side Mirror Acting Strange

So I have been meaning to fix this for years.

My passenger side electric side mirror points upward and when I use the electronic button inside the car, the mirror only goes up and pops and then keeps going up. (Mirror will not pan down). If I manually use my hand to push the mirror down, it will eventually float angling upward.

Any help with fixing this???
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Old 10-15-2012, 05:39 PM
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Any ideas?
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Old 10-16-2012, 04:51 AM
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I have not had this issue myself.....

But it sounds as if you have a bad switch or the contacts on the adjustment motor are stuck.

Crappy : )

(Just outside of Nashville)
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:39 AM
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But it sounds as if you have a bad switch or the contacts on the adjustment motor are stuck.

Crappy : )

(Just outside of Nashville)
Yeah, its pretty bad. I am bumping this thread so maybe someone else has an idea. I am planning on taking it apart soon but would like a heads up on things to check.
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:27 AM
Kornknarr Kornknarr is offline
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How to at least

This is at least a good thread on how to get to the motor etc. Its written for the M:s, and is about painting the mirrorbase but it has good shots on how to open up the mirror and what to expect. http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewt...p?f=18&t=23387

It's also good cause it shows you don't need to open up the door card to be able to remove the mirrors.



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Old 07-03-2013, 06:23 AM
lovemyz3 lovemyz3 is offline
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I still have not been able to figure this out. The link to the general disassembly of mirror was helpful but I cant figure out why it keeps moving up and stopping in the up position . When I press on the switch the mirror goes up and pops and then keeps going up.


Please help =)
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:18 AM
Blacklane Blacklane is offline
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It sounds like the "up" position of the switch is shorted.

You can gently pry the switch out with two tiny screwdrivers, then check it with a voltmeter.
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Old 07-25-2013, 06:27 AM
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It sounds like the "up" position of the switch is shorted.

You can gently pry the switch out with two tiny screwdrivers, then check it with a voltmeter.

I think you are right. I noticed that the switch is now not working in the down and side position.

Do I just replace the switch? Where do you recommend I purchase it?
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