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Old 04-02-2017, 11:59 PM   #1
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Broken 4th gen side mirror mount: EASY FIX

I have a broken mounting tab on my driver side mirror. Attempted repair with JB Weld only to have it break immediately upon closing my door: waste of 12 hours. Options were to buy an OEM replacement for $50 or a billet aluminum one for $80 since the nearest junk yard is an hour drive--hell no. I saw on a forum that someone had carefully drilled holes and used safety wire to reconnect the broken pieces. I went even easier: there are already screws in the mirror mount, so why not use them?

I bought some safety wire at Harbor Freight for $1, took off the affected mirror, wrapped the wire around one bottom screw, around the mount to the top screw and around it once, then down to the other bottom screw and around it. I had to do this with the mount installed on the mirror housing to get the wrapping inside, but it works great! Mirror isn't bouncing or about to fall off anymore and it's actually usable while driving. Just make sure to pull the wire tight as you wrap.

Total cost of $1+tax and about 20 minutes of time. It's been on there a week with no issues. And even if it fails after some time, I've got a ton of wire left.

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Any A&P mechanic would cringe at that safety wire job, but it does the trick!

Glad you got a fix for it.
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Good thing I'm not a mechanic, then, isn't it?

I don't own the proper safety wire tool, so I worked it by hand and with a small set of needle nose pliers.

I'll fix it properly eventually, but for proof of concept, this worked better than expected for no longer than it took to do.


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Proper lockwire is a thing of beauty. but like I said, yours did the trick!

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Proper fix is to go to a junkyard or someone parting one out (with a broken mirror cover for even more of a discount) and snag the bracket for a few bucks. Wire trick works but I wouldn't keep it there for more than a week, personally.
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Proper fix is to go to a junkyard or someone parting one out (with a broken mirror cover for even more of a discount) and snag the bracket for a few bucks. Wire trick works but I wouldn't keep it there for more than a week, personally.

The wire is still holding well.

A trip to the junkyard is an all day affair for me because of the drive involved--need a bigger parts list besides this bracket before I go, but that's the plan!

People parting out around here have started asking eBay prices for this piece when I've asked. Maybe $30 instead of $45, but they also won't ship and are usually an hour's drive too.




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Buddy of mine might have one. If he does, I'll get it to you for $15. LMK.
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