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Im having a problem with my electric folding mirrors (2006 CTDI EX) when i press the button to fold my mirrors the mirrors only move a small amount (passenger one slightly better than drivers) When i wind the window down i can hear the motor running but sounds like its really struggling, i have tried to give it a little helping push just incase it was a sticky motor but the mirrors refuse to move more than a few CM has anyone else had this problem? Or does anyone have any solutions and costs to rectify?

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I had a similar problem with my driver side mirror, it could only manage to move up half way at the most but would always come back down fine. I had to give it a slight push to make it move up all the way, if I pushed too hard though it would refuse to budge and get stuck.
The motor will stop automatically when a certain amount of force is opposed on it.
Either the motors are becoming duffers or there is dirt or something clogging them up.

I removed my mirror (you need to use a couple of small flat head screwdrivers to ease the grip washer off on top of the tension spring), cleaned and re-greased all the moving parts. I also removed a plastic washer on the tension spring which didn't serve much use in my opinion, which in turn put less friction on the pivot point of the mirror.

It has been working fine now for the past 6 months.
 

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Cheers mate, was the mirror easy to get off? Did you have to remove any interior trim?
I didn't need to remove the whole mirror assembly, if you want to replace the mirror, then yes, you'll need to remove some interior trim to access the mounting screws, but if you want to attempt fixing them then there's no need to remove any interior trim. It's a bit fiddly though, one or two screws behind the mirror, just push the mirror to an angle to see behind it to locate them, then gently ease the painted plastic cover off, it's clipped on so I used a small flat screwdriver.

When inside, if you want to remove the mirror off the spindle mount just use a couple of small flat screwdrivers to ease the grip washer off. Just ease each tooth of the washer one at a time as so not to damage it.

To put the washer back on again, I used a pair of box end pliers, opened them up over the washer, then pushed down on the washer and spring and then tapped the handle end of the pliers with a hammer until the washer gripped the spindle. (don't over compress the spring, otherwise the motor will struggle to move the mirror)
 

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are you guys using your folding mirrors every day? or just once in a blue moon?
 

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are you guys using your folding mirrors every day? or just once in a blue moon?

I have only just bought the car 2nd hand so im not sure if the previous owner used them that much, i will use them all the time if i can get them working again, im also interested in that auto mirror fold circuit.
 

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my last car had folding mirrors, and one packed up due to lack of use. so as mine are used 4-5 times aday with the locking, they shouldnt seize up.
 

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Well I used mine lots, every time I used the car, and they both failed.

Now I don't use them unless I really have to fold the mirrors in, in a car park for example, I'll see if they last this time...
 
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