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Side mirror heating

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Legend7, Dec 13, 2011.

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    My passenger side mirror heated mirror is not working. The driverside and rear windscreen heater both work fine any ideas what could be the cause?
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    could be the heating element has gone down , i got a new mirror glass of ebay cheap enough not genuine but still works fine to this day had it on there for well over a year and a half
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    yeah not sure exactly what ones i bought as it was a while ago but thats the same sort of ones bud i haven't had a problem with mine , but before you do buy one have you checked if the wires are still attached on the rear of the mirror glass , just incase they have come off over time or have been knocked somehow without the wires attached the heating element will not work but the mirror will still tilt etc...
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    How do I take the glass off without breaking it?
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    not that hard to do really i learnt the hard way lol , under the mirrors undo the two screws (the black plastic part) directly under the mirrors it takes a bit of a wiggle to get it off (you may have to fold the mirror in to get it off) then once that is off get a screw driver between the mirror backing and the mirror where it clips onto the car (you can see where i mean on the ebay photo's) you need to get the screw driver between the clip and prise it off very gently tho incase you brake the glass , not mega hard to do but once you've done it once you will know how do them all the time
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    One of the screws is damaged and I am unable to unscrew it, tried really hard but didnt want to break it all :)

    Any ideas on how I could get open it?
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    you can get the mirror glass of with out taking the bottom bit off but its tricky to do , you have to get a really thin screwdriver or similar and get it in the edge of the glass but its hard to do without braking the glass , tilt the mirror glass so its pointing towards the car and there is a small space to get in the edge but i broke two glass' doing that lol
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    you mean change the setting of the glass or push the full mirror in?
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    just the glass leave the mirror it self alone , basically tilt it so its facing the car sort of thing but like i said i broke two mirror glass' doing it that way , the best way is to get the black plastic part off
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    mmm I really dont wana break the glass however if the the wires are still connected then I would have to replace the glass anyway.
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    yeah true mate lol they are easy to put back in all you have to do is connect the wires and push it into the clips it just clicks in , push the glass in the centre of it so not to stress the new/old glass on the edges otherwise it will defo brake lol
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    thanks for you help. Just hope it dont break when I try it tommorow
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    Could you not identify the pins in the connector and check the continuity and resistance of the heater element with a volt meter. Would save risking the glass.
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    I have no ideas about the connector
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    Sorted now thanks. Did it without removing the screws and luckly no cracked glass. The wires were not attached, working now
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    The trick is to press the glass in the middle at the bottom. The top pops out and then u simply pull out :)
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    good stuff mate glad its sorted now
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