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W126-560SEC - Power Remote Exterior Mirror Repair [Benz Repair and Maintenance Tips]
Requested and Answered by Buckrey on 04-Apr-2005 02:45 (3598 reads)
W126-560SEC - Power Remote Exterior Mirror Repair
The outside power mirror is operated by a joystick type control located on the console. The mirror glass is mounted to a swivel assembly that's fixed mounted to the mirror frame, which is mounted to the door frame. The swivel assembly is operated by a pair of small DC motors in a rack and pinion arrangement. By applying +12v or -12v to either of the motors causes the swivel assembly to move up/down or left/right.

My Problem
The power exterior mirror on my 1989 560 SEC stopped working in the up/down direction, left/right worked fine. While I had the center console apart, I decided to check the problem out starting with the mirror control switch. After eliminating any obvious problems in the console area (loose wires, bad grounds, etc) I moved to the mirror itself (refer to job 88-905). The plastic triangle cover plate has a plastic clip located at the top of the panel (see Fig-1). Carefully pry the panel (close to the clip) away from the door frame. I used a very handy tool designed for removing body panel clips I got from The Eastwood Company (see Fig-1). I had to use a little more force than I felt comfortable with to get the clip loose and when it did come loose, it made a loud snap sound. I thought, great, the clip broke, but it didn't. The panel's plastic clip fits into a spring clamp that's attached to the door frame. When the panel popped loose, that little spring clamp went flying across the garage. So beware.
The bottom of the panel has two plastic tabs that simply fit into holes in the door frame and with the top clip loose, the panel just lifts out.

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