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Old 04-11-2010, 08:05 PM   #1
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Side Mirrors

I've been having something weird growing within my side mirrors. The thing is, I can't even wipe/scrub this off the mirrors....it's as if, it's happening behind the glass yet protruding through. Very weird.

I've attached some pictures for everyone's reference. Anyone know how to clean this up?

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Old 04-11-2010, 08:08 PM   #2
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new glass is only solution I believe
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Old 04-11-2010, 08:48 PM   #3
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This happened to one of my side mirrors once. Water creeps up between the glass and the metal part of the mirror, which rusts. Once it starts, you can't stop it. My spot was far worse and NYS told me it wouldn't pass inspection. Find one from a donor and change it out.
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Old 04-12-2010, 06:13 AM   #4
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How hard was this to change out? Or did you change the whole assy.?
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Old 04-12-2010, 07:34 AM   #5
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pop off existing glass... press in to snap on new glass

2 min job
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Old 04-12-2010, 08:49 AM   #6
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Do you have any suggestions on where to get the new glass?
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Old 04-12-2010, 11:25 AM   #7
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I would check classifieds here or on bimmerforums first

then I would shop at www.ecstuning.com or www.getbmwparts.com


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I've got the same problem. I've got heated mirrors, but I see at Autozone I can just get the replacement glass for under $20 + cost of adhesive. They only list the passenger side though, not sure if I can get the driver side as well (which is also bad in my case).

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I've got the same problem. I've got heated mirrors, but I see at Autozone I can just get the replacement glass for under $20 + cost of adhesive. They only list the passenger side though, not sure if I can get the driver side as well (which is also bad in my case).

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Part came in today. Perfect match for size and shape.

I managed to get my old mirror off by separating it from the heating element with a small putty knife. The brown stains are where the glass has separated from the metal behind it. I was able to work the knife between the two and not touch the element too much.

I got some 3m water/heat resistant adhesive that I'm going to use to attach it to the frame. I'll post pics when it's done later tonight.

Still need to find a driver's side mirror...
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