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    Default C5 X7 - left rear view mirror - weird angles

    Hi all,

    Not been here since pre Cit In. Busy with other stuff.

    Anyway, Mrs UFO was driving the C5 last week dropping a friend home and it was "bin day" and from her angle of view she could not see the edge of an empty and open 240 litre bin on the edge of the narrow street and she hit it with the left mirror at probably 20kmh as she passed. The front cover popped off and fell to the ground and was rescued. The mirror itself popped off the click on mounting but was saved by the heater cables.

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    I managed to easily reattach the mirror and push the outer cover back on and it all looks OK. Except...

    When locking the car the mirrors automatically fold in and the left one now goes further than it should to the point where it sometimes even has the mirror facing almost away from the car. It at least will push the outer edge of the assembly past the rubber strip between the quarter window and the main window.

    When unlocking the car, most of the time the mirror will flip to be at least flat and almost facing the window and then if we grab the assembly and gently twist outwards it will pop into its correct location.

    Any ideas on how I might attempt to fix this please?

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    Greenblood is your X7 mirror rebuild specialist! Look for his thread from several months back.

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    At a cursory look, it seems a chiropractor is needed.
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    Thanks David for the prompt. For future reference here is a link to the post


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    New nick for your C5 - 'The Chameleon'.


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    Default A summary of the work.

    Well I followed Greenblood's instructions today. The only thing missing, which I found elsewhere, was the method to actually remove the door card. Once I nailed that I was fine getting the mirror off the car. There was some farnarkling getting the cables out of the door but I got there in the end.

    Anyway, I disassembled the mirror to the point where I had the inner "frame" part still attached to the motorised swivel mount, but I could not work out where to go from there - and thought if I went further I might just end up with a pile of parts. So with Mrs UFO's consultation I made a decision. I simply detached the white/purple (?) pair of cables inside the mirror head that provides power to the swivel motor. This means the mirror assembly stays unfolded, but the mirror alignment/reverse movement and memory positions are still functional. This will suit us fine until a better solution comes along.

    I reassembled and everything works as it should - except the swivel.

    Thanks all for your advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UFO View Post
    Well I followed Greenblood's instructions today. The only thing missing, which I found elsewhere, was the method to actually remove the door card. Once I nailed that I was fine getting the mirror off the car. There was some farnarkling getting the cables out of the door but I got there in the end.

    Anyway, I disassembled the mirror to the point where I had the inner "frame" part still attached to the motorised swivel mount, but I could not work out where to go from there - and thought if I went further I might just end up with a pile of parts. So with Mrs UFO's consultation I made a decision. I simply detached the white/purple (?) pair of cables inside the mirror head that provides power to the swivel motor. This means the mirror assembly stays unfolded, but the mirror alignment/reverse movement and memory positions are still functional. This will suit us fine until a better solution comes along.

    I reassembled and everything works as it should - except the swivel.

    Thanks all for your advice.
    Hi Craig, I must have missed this post, we were away for a week when you posted.
    Did you not see the part of my thread that explains the removal of the door card? My second post in the thread. . .
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    No matter you got there, the head of the mirror is released from the arm by removing two torx screws - one you can see the other is hiding under a rubber flap at the opposite end. It is possible that the motor on your mirror has slipped a cog, sadly the spare motor I now have is for the RHS so possibly of no use to you otherwise it would be yours.

    I note there is a Black X7 being wrecked on ebay, a late car so you would need to check compatibility.
    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/CITROEN-...IAAOSw7yZalzv7

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    I did see it, but the description probably should read:

    Swear like a Navvy, curse and scream, then yank the shit out of the bastards and hope the clips don't shatter - which fortunately they didn't!

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    Quote Originally Posted by UFO View Post
    I did see it, but the description probably should read:

    Swear like a Navvy, curse and scream, then yank the shit out of the bastards and hope the clips don't shatter - which fortunately they didn't!

    Cheers
    hahaha, I would love to have been a fly on the wall. . . "the ol' bull in a china shop technique. . "

    I found that using the broad plastic tool and working from the bottom I could locate each clip and gently prise the door card away. . .

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