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Old 04-07-2009, 07:37 PM   #1
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how to disassemble rear view mirror on e46??

how to disassemble rear view mirror on e46??

It stucks to the front window and I have no idea how to take them out..

Also which matrials do I need to use in order to attach it back to the wind shield??
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Old 04-08-2009, 04:24 AM   #2
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The plastic housing surrounding the base cracks open like an oyster. Then you turn the mirror base against the glass 90 degrees counterclockwise and the mirror will pop right off. Installation is the reverse.
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Old 04-08-2009, 05:48 AM   #3
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how to disassemble rear view mirror on e46??

It stucks to the front window and I have no idea how to take them out..

Also which matrials do I need to use in order to attach it back to the wind shield??
The part that is actually fixed to the windscreen does not come off, it stays on the windscreen while the mirror housing itself comes off.
Procedure to remove it is as cityjohn explained.

Although if your mirror is has no electronics then the mirror base is most probably just one piece and doesn't come apart so no need to crack anything open, just turn counter clockwise and it will disconnect from the part that is stuck to the windscreen.
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Old 04-08-2009, 06:35 AM   #4
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Here is the BMW TIS:
http://www.bigpatsfans.com/mirror/pi..._%2016_060.pdf

The mirror should be snapped off by pressing, rather than turning. Read the TIS to see what type you have and then follow the correct procedure for removal.

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Old 04-08-2009, 06:45 AM   #5
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Here is the BMW TIS:
http://www.bigpatsfans.com/mirror/pi..._%2016_060.pdf

The mirror should be snapped off by pressing, rather than turning. Read the TIS to see what type you have and then follow the correct procedure for removal.
Interesting, learnt something new, thanks.
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Old 04-08-2009, 02:24 PM   #6
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Here is the BMW TIS:
http://www.bigpatsfans.com/mirror/pi..._%2016_060.pdf

The mirror should be snapped off by pressing, rather than turning. Read the TIS to see what type you have and then follow the correct procedure for removal.
thank you very much!!!!!!!!! this helps so much
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Old 10-28-2010, 01:07 PM   #7
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Related question: if I don't need to remove the whole mirror, but just need to take the front plate off (the part with the mirror on it), does it just pop off? My V1 is mounted inside the mirror casing, but whatever adhesive kept the plate pressed against the mirror has come off and now I can't tell if the signals are in front or behind me. If you need a picture to see what I'm talking about, just ask. Thanks.

EDIT: just in case, I drive a e46 M3 with the rain sensor mirror.

I realize I'm reviving a very old thread, but I would rather archive related information in the same thread rather than start a new one.

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Old 02-11-2013, 08:04 AM   #8
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Sorry for bumping verry old post. But is it possible to remove the part that sticks to the windshield?

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Old 02-11-2013, 08:24 AM   #9
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^Yes, companies that change windshields do that. They re-attach it with a special type of glue if I remember well that dries with UV
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