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Folding mirror problems

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by steve184, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. steve184

    steve184 Active Member

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    Hi, can anyone give me any help on this.

    My drivers side mirror doesn't always fold out with the passenger one. This has been going on for a while and started as just happening once in a while - its getting more frequent now though. If i wind the window down and tap the mirror with my hand then operate the switch again it usually folds out - until next time.

    My mum has a seat altea (based on same chassis/mechanicals/electrics) and her mirrors sometimes do the same - but with the passenger side one.

    Would you say this constitutes a fault or is it just a 'characteristic' of the folding system on these? Or does someone in the know, know how to solve this problem?

    I also have the issue of the mirrors folding themselves out on their own upon engine start in cold weather - which i believe is normal and common amongst these.
     
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  3. MrLapou

    MrLapou Well-Known Member

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    Seems like intermittent fault. Perhaps dirt/moisture in connector.
    Remove the mirror glass and check connections inside.
    Search on this site for a thread on how to remove the glass.
     
  4. steve184

    steve184 Active Member

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    Take it this is a common problem then? Is that where all the electrical connectors to do with folding action live - behind the glass?

    Suppose if it is easy enough, could be worth whipping it off and cleaning all the connectors.
     
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    MrLapou Well-Known Member

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    seems logical place to start since tapping the mirror housing gets it to work
     
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    Does this aways happen when car not runnng?

    Its a known bug & if you fold when cars running, it seems to work ok mostly, I put it down to power issues tbh, if under warranty could try to get door module swapped out.
     
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    I have this problem with my mirrors too, I sometimes have to flick the switch twice. I think its a power issue as when I have the interior lights on the lights on the mirror switches take a bit longer to come on so its my theory that the switches are slightly delayed in terms of becoming active. If I wait 20 seconds after switching on the ignition the mirrors always work, nothing to worry about..
     

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