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Old 11-04-2005, 08:41 PM   #1
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Question liquid or air in the rear view mirror??? ::pix::

well i got in my car 2 days ago and drove to class in the morning and noticed that my rear view mirror had what looked to be an air pocket inside of it... i thought it was dirty at first, but when nothing happened when i tried to wipe it clean i figured maybe some moisture got in between the glass and mirror some how.... is there any way to fix this it shifts like an air bubble when you move the mirror





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Old 11-04-2005, 08:46 PM   #2
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its something in the auto dimming mirror thats gone bad. you will need a new mirror which cost a like $300-$400. no fix for it. seen a few of those mirror in that condition at my work on older cars.
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Old 11-04-2005, 08:59 PM   #3
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Yup - common failure of the electrochromic mirrors.
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Old 11-04-2005, 08:59 PM   #4
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the older Donnelly mirrors (pre-2003 or so - mostly the ones with green lighting, rather than blue) used a liquid material between the two layers of glass to provide the autodimming feature - newer ones use a solid material. Looks like yours failed - you will need to replace it. You can usually get them on eBay or online brand new with all the bells and whistles (compass, outside temp, maplights) for under $200 brand spankin' new. (that's how I got mine - I replaced my original dimming mirror because I wanted outside temp) just make sure you get a mirror with a cam-lock mount (that's what Subaru's use) and you will be all set. The newer ones turn sort of greenish as they autodim, vs. the older ones which turn grey.

Here's one on eBay now
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/FREE-...spagenameZWDVW
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Old 11-04-2005, 09:11 PM   #5
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awww crap .... well that sux.... thanks for the link man.... i'd buy it if i wasn't broke right now

are these on ebay a lot???
for future refference
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Old 11-04-2005, 10:17 PM   #6
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nice rebel(?)
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Old 11-04-2005, 10:21 PM   #7
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will anything happen if he happens to leave it how it is? mine has been like that for 2 months and i have gotten use to it
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Old 11-05-2005, 12:35 AM   #8
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are these on ebay a lot???
there are almost always one or two of them available - there are also online vendors who sell them for just a little more.
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Old 11-05-2005, 01:03 AM   #9
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no worries....



i have a takeoff unit (about one week old; no blotches/waves) ----(same exact model as yours) from my 06.

pm me if you want it.

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Old 11-06-2005, 06:26 PM   #10
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atom945....the bubble will get bigger and bigger until the darker color within the mirror is totally gone. Problem is, with the liquid gone you don't get a clean view from that mirror. You get a hazy view day and night. I don't know where the liquid goes, it doesn't drip out anywhere. I guess it just evaporates.
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Old 11-06-2005, 07:04 PM   #11
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yep i have the same problem, its been like that ever since thoes 100 degree summer days, it all evaportated i quess. no worth paying more than a hundred dollars
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Old 11-07-2005, 08:21 AM   #12
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I wonder if their newer solid film mirrors will last/work better than the liquid ones?
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Old 11-28-2005, 03:28 PM   #13
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how hard are these to install if you are replacing a factory one thats evaporated?
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Old 11-28-2005, 03:37 PM   #14
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any chance the car is still under warranty?
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Old 11-28-2005, 09:16 PM   #15
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how hard are these to install if you are replacing a factory one thats evaporated?
trivial - unplug the mirror, twist it 90 degrees and slide it off the mounting button. Check the spring to make sure it isn't bent (otherwise the new mirror will rattle) make and adjustments to it which you have to (i.e., bend it back) slide the new mirror on the button (90 degrees off of the correct position) then twist it 90 degrees so that it's held in place. plug it in and you are done - should take a couple of minutes, total.
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Old 11-28-2005, 10:57 PM   #16
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trivial - unplug the mirror, twist it 90 degrees and slide it off the mounting button. Check the spring to make sure it isn't bent (otherwise the new mirror will rattle) make and adjustments to it which you have to (i.e., bend it back) slide the new mirror on the button (90 degrees off of the correct position) then twist it 90 degrees so that it's held in place. plug it in and you are done - should take a couple of minutes, total.

Nice, glad it uses the same plug, didnt know if that would be a problem or not

Thanks
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Old 11-29-2005, 12:40 AM   #17
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actually, iirc, vendors sell them cheaper than that...

like.. $130 at https://www.subarugenuineparts.com/p...products_id=80
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Old 11-29-2005, 07:43 PM   #18
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Any way to determine if the "replacement" is the liquid or solid type(before buying..any special part number)? Do the 2006 cars have the solid type, or are they still using the liquid filled ones?
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