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Old 02-28-2015, 06:28 PM   #1
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Side mirror power switch?

I've got a 2001 Ford and the power mirror switch may be having problems: neither side mirror will move to the right. I suspect, therefore, that it's a problem with the joystick type switch. I've seen info that indicates the contacts can get hosed (not too unlikely since it's been exposed to rain and all kinds of other crap).

But I'm wondering how to get at it. Does it just pop out with prying? Looks like it might, and there's sort of a cover over the group of switches. But I'm always reluctant to just go for it, since that usually means there's a fastener I bust.

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Old 02-28-2015, 06:38 PM   #2
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Re: Side mirror power switch?

Rob, this thread should help you out. You won't need to remove everything that was removed in the post, but it gives you more than enough to get the job done.

viewtopic.php?f=24&t=11124&hilit=door+panel+remova l

FWIW, I prefer using nylon/plastic pry bars (Harbor Freight or auto shop) instead of screwdrivers to help minimize the chances of gouging the plastic.


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Old 02-28-2015, 06:45 PM   #3
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Re: Side mirror power switch?

I forget how I did mine, but I remember it was pretty easy. It was pretty intuitive what to remove when I looked at it. Good luck!
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Re: Side mirror power switch?

I have a 2001 with the same problem. The plate that the switch is mounted to just pops up if you pry from the rear. There is actually a little indent where you put the screwdriver. I simply un-plugged mine and then pushed the connector back on a couple times. It then tested just fine, all four directions and both mirrors. At least it did for about a week, but now it's back to it's old tricks. Since removing and replacing the connector fixed it temporally, my next move will be to pull it apart again and hose it out with contact cleaner. If that doesn't fix it, I'll have to do an autopsy on the switch. If it's already busted, I can't do any more damage, but may be able to clean/ fix it. Thanks for the reminder, I'll do it tomorrow............
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Old 02-28-2015, 07:21 PM   #5
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Re: Side mirror power switch?

I was able to at least temporarily avoid having to replace my turn signal switch in my VW Passat be using liberal amounts of a contact cleaner (Deoxit), and I think I used the contact conditioner as well. It's been a while, so I'm not sure about the conditioner. Its been a couple of years, but the problem has not returned.

http://www.amazon.com/Caig-Connector-En ... eoxit+gold


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Wow, I've never heard of "Contact conditioner" Thanks Herb...............
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Old 02-28-2015, 07:27 PM   #7
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Re: Side mirror power switch?

I think I have one of the switches if either of you need it. I'll look around for it. I have no idea if it works and can't test it on my current van though. It came out of a set of newer door panels I bought.

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Edit: This may be a better option. Universal cheap replacement and of course it's new.

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Wow, I've never heard of "Contact conditioner" Thanks Herb...............
Yeah, maybe it's snake oil, or maybe just a dielectric spray lubricant.


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I got mine from the dealer. Was pretty cheap IIRC.
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Thanks guys. I subsequently saw a video where the guy actually pried apart the switch and cleaned contacts. Might work...and if it fails it's not too expensive a part. Might throw some sealant around it this time since I leave the door open in the wet too often.

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