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Folding wing mirror lubrication possible?

Wibbly Dec 8, 2018

  1. Wibbly

    Wibbly Active Member Team Glacier TFSI Owners Group Audi A3 S-line owners group Manual

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    Drivers side mirror has become slower to open and close than the other and now occasionally gets stuck. Is there a way to lubricate them?
     
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  4. cuke2u

    cuke2u Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group saloon Audi A4 S-line owners group

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    My drivers side one, when I had the A3 saloon, was replaced under warranty for the same issue. Seems like it is a common problem with this..
     
  5. AlS3BE

    AlS3BE Well-Known Member

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    Had similar issues with my a6. Sorted under warranty. It doesn’t help in the design that the mirror points up when folded so acting like a cup/scoop for rain water and other **** to fall in.
     
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    RS3 S. Well-Known Member Team Daytona TFSI Owners Group Team V6 SQ5 owners group Audi Q5 S tronic

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  7. mikemod

    mikemod Well-Known Member Team Tango Audi S3

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    Mine is doing exactly the same and is booked in to get it sorted, they already tried to squirt lubricant round it but it had no effect.

    The first free date I can get at the dealer, to include a courtesy car, is 22nd January :openmouth:
     
  8. JayA3sline

    JayA3sline Active Member VCDS Map User

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    I had this on my 8P, it’s hard to get any spray lubricants within the mechanism however once you pop the mirror off I lubed the spring and all works well like new

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  9. mikemod

    mikemod Well-Known Member Team Tango Audi S3

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    Looks good, I hear a clunk sometimes before it stops as if the spring is stuck.
    Was it easy to get the mirror off as I would rather give it a go myself than leave it in the dealers?
     
  10. JayA3sline

    JayA3sline Active Member VCDS Map User

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    Yeah if you have some prying tools or use a flat head screwdriver with a cloth over the end and work your way around the mirror you’ll gradually unclip it away. Just don’t force anything and always keep your hand over the glass and press slightly into the mirror whilst prying away to keep a constant pressure.
     
  11. mikemod

    mikemod Well-Known Member Team Tango Audi S3

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    Looks like it has changed on the 8V, can't see the spring as it seems to be enclosed in plastic, may have to remove the cover.

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    Removed with a sucker in the end as it didn't seemed to want to lever off, got this from ElsaWin.

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  13. mikemod

    mikemod Well-Known Member Team Tango Audi S3

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    I gave up in the end as the next stage was going in from the inside of the door and according to the workshop manual it involves removing the door glass to get at the mechanism.
    I'll let the dealer sort it out.
     
  14. JayA3sline

    JayA3sline Active Member VCDS Map User

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    That’s annoying. What about removing mirror cap at the back? Would that not expose the spring?
     
  15. mikemod

    mikemod Well-Known Member Team Tango Audi S3

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    Even with the cover off the whole mechanism now seems contained in the black mount that bolts to the door.
    Thanks for the help anyway.
     
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