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How to replace an Electric Wing Mirror.

Well as some of the more dedicated / addicted of you will know, some scrote tore off my passenger side wing mirror.........

I'd already removed it in a vain attempt at repair.....In the end Hills Breakers (top guy Steve) popped a silver replacement in the post for 40~ and J&A Coachworks (Dunbar) sprayed it for 10.

Here's how it was replaced:


This is the complete electric wing mirror assembly:





And this is where it goes:






From the inside you can see where the blanking caps were removed (hands off you lot!!) and the remnants of the old mirror unscrewed:



  • Firstly you need to remove the door card (search for one of the many how to's on this at your leisure...) and remember to disconnect the tweeter lead.
You'll note the larger white six pin block connector at the top of the pic below is unconnected.
This is the connection for the mirror and has a catch lock at the front, which is easily undone with a jewellers flatblade screwdriver inserted into the catch.



  • Offer up the lead from your new mirror to the hole in the cheater and without swearing at all () guide the plug and loom seamlessly () past the window guide within the door, towards the exit hole inside the door above and forwards of the speaker.......
  • .....until the plug is visible from inside, as below:




  • Time for a special tool...(not me!).....the wire coathanger / loom retrieval hook. Use as below:




  • Now you've got your loom in hand, continue to pull through (not too hard ) until there's enough length to connect up and route appropriately. The worst is over....simply secure the mirror in it's socket:




And remember to reconnect the tweeter plug prior to replacing your doorcard.

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Some advice for next time!
Attach some string to the plug of the broken mirror before you remove it and when you pull it out pull the string through the cheater hole (undo string from broken mirror), leaving enough string on the other side ready to pull the cable of the new mirror back through into the door.
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Some advice for next time!
Attach some string to the plug of the broken mirror before you remove it and when you pull it out pull the string through the cheater hole (undo string from broken mirror), leaving enough string on the other side ready to pull the cable of the new mirror back through into the door.
Sound advice....sadly the scrote didn't leave me that option, having torn the wiring apart....
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Excellent work
I know it's a mundane task but I couldn't find a how to on this, despite a long search. Feel free to grab it for MGF/TF Central if you want Pete.
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Is the wiring in the main loom and door loom even if the car doesn't have electric mirrors?
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That looks like a door you were working on,else you have funny wings
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Is the wiring in the main loom and door loom even if the car doesn't have electric mirrors?
Yes, if you want to convert to elec mirrors, they just plug into the same socket as your manual heated mirrors.
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Is the wiring in the main loom and door loom even if the car doesn't have electric mirrors?
Early F's don't!
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Early F's don't!
Yes correct mk1 F's dont, I thought the poster had a 1.6 TF. but looking again its says T16!
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The T16 is in the maestro.......

The F is a '99 VVC and pre-face lift, I don't know if it's got heated mirrors.

I guess I'll just have to hope it's a cross over model on the loom when I have a look.

If not I'll just source the bits from a local scrappy, although they don't have any F's there may well be another MGR car with the correct bits.
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Does anyone know how to get the plastic casing off on the wing mirror?
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Smile Thank you

Just wanted to say thank you for your comprehensive instructions re replacing the wing mirror. Some unmentionable knocked mine off and I thought it would be a costly repair but after reading your instructions ordered a replacement online and did it myself so ta ever so

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Does anyone know how to get the plastic casing off on the wing mirror?
its not designed to come apart.
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