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Old 01-22-2019, 03:29 PM   #1
SeahawkSubie
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Lightbulb Fixing a bad auto-dimming rearview mirror

Hey guys. This is my first thread so let me know how I do.

I recently purchased an 02 wrx and it had a bad auto-dim mirror on it. I didn't want to lose my compass and pay for a manual replacement so I decided to just drain the fluid from the existing one and just not have a dimming function. (I never used it anyways)

This write up with allow you to retain the compass and mirror but just remember you won't be able to dim!

You will need:
Standard clear window/tub silicone sealant
Superglue
Rubber bands x4
Flathead screwdriver or similar
Razor blades (preferably the rectangular gasket scraper kind)
Towels and glass cleaner

Step 1: Grab the mounting base of the mirror/compass and turn it 90 until it comes off of the mount.
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Step 2: Unplug the harness from the back of the mirror and take the unit out of the car
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Step 3: Starting at the top, very carefully insert a large flatblade screwdriver or similar tool into the seam of the two halves of the case and work your way around until the face comes off of the mirror. Be carefully of the rubber button covers for the compass and dimmer as they will try to fly away on you.
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Step 4: Once the face is off you will be able to see the two pieces of glass sndwiched together with a metal rail on the top and bottom. VERY CAREFULLY insert a small screwdriver or razor blade in between the two glass panels on one of the sides, away from the rails.


Slowly twist to separate the two a little and hold the mirror over a trashcan and let the majority of the fluid come out so it doesn't get all over the components inside. Run the razor around where they attach to break the seal easier then separate the halves.
https://ibb.co/tDRj1yn

Step 5: Once the panels are separated the top clear glass panel with have a power wire attached on the top of the piece. Cut the wire and tape/cap/ cover or leave the wire as is and tuck it behind the remaining mirror and discard the top panel. The bottom wire and rail on the bottom of the actual mirror can stay as they are.
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Step 6: Clean and clean and clean... I went through about 10 shop towels till I got all the ink off the mirror then sprayed and cleaned it with glass cleaner. It is tedious but will eventually be good to go.

Step 7: If you knocked the rubber button covers off of the circuit board simply line the little legs up with the holes on either side of the buttons and start them in the holes. Once they are started use the back side (non sharp) of a razor to push them down till you feel the nubs catch and the button is flush with the circuit board. Set the assembly down and get the face.

Step 8: Get your rubber bands ready. Then hold the face upside down and apply a good size bead of clear window/tub silicone around the circumference of the face where it will attach to the mirror assembly. You want a good amount to keep the mirror from bouncing while driving. (If you apply too much dont worry. You will be trimming around the face after it's assembled.) Attach the face to the mirror and hold them together. Get your rubber bands and wrap them around the edges and center to hold the face in place.
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Step 9: Apply about 4 drops of super glue around the assembly just to help hold the face on and hold until the glue dries. Then take a razor and start going around the mirror scrapping all the wet silicone till it is flush with the edge of the face. I found a rectangle blade works best so I can push against the face while scrapping to make a nice smooth edge that isn't past the face. Again it doesn't have to be perfect. You will touch up after it sets.

Step 10: Go around the assembly and fill the seam with super glue and allow the glue and silicone to fully set. Dont get any on the rubber bands or they will become a part of your mirror. I just let it be till the next day. After it's fully cured remove the rubber bands and touch up any residual silicone that is showing on the mirror and spray and clean it till she looks like new. Take the assembly back to the car, plug in the harness carefully, turn the assembly 90 like when you removed it, insert it into the base and turn back 90 to secure it.
https://ibb.co/6ZBM2dj

And that's it! If you do it correctly there should be no bouncing while driving and you should have the compass working. And you can finally see out of it!
https://ibb.co/8xb7k66


I have more pics then I was allowed on here if you need them. Send me a message if you have any questions.
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Old 01-22-2019, 03:44 PM   #2
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Old 01-22-2019, 04:32 PM   #3
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I gave up and just gave the url links for the pics. Too fancy for me evidently.
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I gave up and just gave the url links for the pics. Too fancy for me evidently.
It really just comes down to using an image hosting website such as Imagur or Photobucket. When you are viewing the photo you wish to display on Nasioc via one of those sites I just mentioned, you will see [pic] links to the right. Copy the text in that link and put it in your post. Images will appear.

Love the profile name btw, being as I was born and raised in WA.
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Old 02-18-2019, 05:34 PM   #5
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It really just comes down to using an image hosting website such as Imagur or Photobucket. When you are viewing the photo you wish to display on Nasioc via one of those sites I just mentioned, you will see [pic] links to the right. Copy the text in that link and put it in your post. Images will appear.

Love the profile name btw, being as I was born and raised in WA.
Nice! Im from a redneck town called centralia.
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