Remote Mirror Cable

1975 - 1979 Mopars

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    1toolguy Well-Known Member

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    This weekend I was looking again for someone that could rebuild my remote mirrors. The driver side works okay but, the passenger side mirror is basically covering the mounting holes in the door because it flops around making it useless. They look really good and make purchasing replacements a tough call. However, this weekend on a Oldsmobile website I stumbled across something interesting. A few posters there said to unbolt the mirror from the door, rotate it once or twice to twist the cables around one another and bolt it back on. The idea was to create enough tension in the cable to make them work again. There were mixed reviews but I figured what the heck it'll only cost me time.

    Did it work? No and yes! No, the "remote" part still doesn't work but, the added tension to the cables firms everything up so now it works like a non-remote mirror and is at least useful (well, as useful as these tiny mirrors can be). It only took me 10 minutes so I'm calling that a win (until I can find someone that can fix it right anyway).
     
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    Not sure about 75 -79, but I've tightened up 66-74 by putting small washers between the spring and the mirror backing.

    Unbolt the head from the base and see if there's a three pronged spring.
     
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      I tried that before, it didn't work out for me.
       
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      71-74 mirror was real loose and I took it apart and put small washers against the back of the glass carrier, under the spring "fingers" that keep the cables tight. There was enough spring pressure to trap the washers once all three were in place.

      I first tried bending the spring fingers, but no dice. I happened to have the washers in a size that looked like the hole would just fit around the v shaped spring finger ends.
       
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