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Old 22-06-2009, 22:27   #1
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MGF Wing Mirror and Door Card Removal Guide

After deciding to remove & re-spray my wing mirrors today and not finding much of a guide on here (albeit plenty of helpful advice! ) I thought it would be a nice idea to do a how to guide with lots of pics!

Now please go easy on me as this is my first proper posh looking guide!

Wing Mirror Removal Guide


Step One:
Remove the black wing mirror handle (this just pulls off):




Step Two:
Once you have removed the handle you will see two screws - using a philips screwdriver remove the two screws:




Step Three:
Be really careful at this point as the wing mirror is loose now and only being held in place by the remaining metal part of the wing mirror handle. If you gently pull out the wing mirror now you will see two blue wires which are the wires that heat the wing mirror:



These two blue wires are run down to a connector behind the door card so you now have two options:

a) Take the fast route & cut the blue wires and you can pull the wing mirror straight out. WARNING: By doing this you are eliminating the heated wing mirror feature from your car. Only do this if you are happy with the fact that you will no longer have heated wing mirrors.

b) Remove the door card and disconnect the blue wires allowing them to be pulled out with the wing mirror and re-connected when you re-fit the wing mirror. This is the option I chose as I quite like the idea of keeping my heated wing mirrors!

If option b) is for you then here is a quick door card removal guide:

Door Card Removal Guide


Step One:
Using a philips screwdriver unscrew the two screws that are in the bottom of your small door pocket:



Step Two:
Behind the door handle is a screw that needs removing:



With one hand pull back the door handle & keeping it pulled back use a philips screwdriver to remove this screw.


Step Three:
Open the door fully (if you haven't already) & you will see near where the door hinge is there is a screw that again needs to be removed using a philips screwdriver:




Step Four:
Now along the outer vertical rim of the door card you will see two screws shown just out of sight in this photo:



Remove the two screws using a philips screwdriver.

Step Five:
The door card is now only being held on by clips around the sides of the door card so gently run your hand underneath and pull the clips off. Be careful when doing this as the clips break very easily. Then remove the door card making sure to lift it upwards first so it does not get caught on the locking pin. Once it has been lifted over the locking pin it can be pulled out fully.



Now that the door card has been removed you can return to removing the wing mirror.

Step Six:
On the door just above the speaker you will see the connector that the blue heated wing mirror wires connect to:



Peel back the plastic and you will see that the blue wire connector is connected both to the door and to another connector that has green and yellow wires running out of it.
To disconnect the connector from the door there is a small lever on the far side of the connector that you push outwards and that releases it. Also disconnect it from the other connector that has one green and one yellow wire running into it:



Et voila:



Now this is lose you can just pull the wing mirror out making sure to feed the blue wire out of the hole pictured below:



And there you have it - your wing mirror is now free from the car to do whatever you want with!

Hope this meets everyone's approval!!! Please let me know what you think!



Kara

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Old 22-06-2009, 22:58   #2
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Nice and clear, good guide.
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An excellent how-to Kara!!
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Old 23-06-2009, 06:54   #5
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Nice and clear, good guide.
Thank you mate! Glad you like!

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An excellent how-to Kara!!
Thanks mate! I know it's REALLY simplistic and there are a couple of steps that are quite obvious but I wanted anyone to be able to do it even people who've never worked on a car before!

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Nice write up. Seems I have competition.

Although, just to annoy you, you do realise it is a door mirror and not a wing mirror don't you?

Keep em coming, between us we might end up covering the whole of the car.
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Nice write up. Seems I have competition.

Although, just to annoy you, you do realise it is a door mirror and not a wing mirror don't you?

Keep em coming, between us we might end up covering the whole of the car.
Door mirror, wing mirror it's all semantics!

I do hope I'm not treading on anyone's toes by doing my own guides... just wanted to have a bit of fun & do some myself!
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I'm now utterly convinced that you do nowt at work! lol

ps: whats a "mirror handle"?

it will never catch on!
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I'm now utterly convinced that you do nowt at work! lol

ps: whats a "mirror handle"?

it will never catch on!
You know the mirror handle is the thingy that moves the mirror up & down... in the first step you take the black part of it off but you are still left with the metal part of it underneath... don't know if it has a proper name so just called it "mirror handle".

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Aww thanks Mike!
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Good write up KARA, hope you do some more.



General HOWTO request (definitely not just Kara): some font colours don't show with all forum colour schemes. I use the .org Light as it isn't too obtrusive at work. In Kara's post there is nothing between 'step one:' headings and the pictures. I can highlight the blank area with a mouse swipe or change my colour scheme or writers could try to pick fonts that show on the 2 choices available to us all.

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Good write up KARA, hope you do some more.



General HOWTO request (definitely not just Kara): some font colours don't show with all forum colour schemes. I use the .org Light as it isn't too obtrusive at work. In Kara's post there is nothing between 'step one:' headings and the pictures. I can highlight the blank area with a mouse swipe or change my colour scheme or writers could try to pick fonts that show on the 2 choices available to us all.

I REALLY DO APPRECIATE THE TIME AND EFFORT THAT YOU PEEPS PUT IN TO CREATING THESE USEFULL OWNER AIDS.
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Kara - you are brilliant. A perfect HOWTO
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Thank you, glad you liked it.
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....I do hope I'm not treading on anyone's toes by doing my own guides... just wanted to have a bit of fun & do some myself!
we can never have too many how-to's, even on the same subject, gives different views/tips etc. I'll link this on my site later.
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we can never have too many how-to's, even on the same subject, gives different views/tips etc. I'll link this on my site later.
Wow that's so awesome! Thanks Pete!
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we can never have too many how-to's, even on the same subject, gives different views/tips etc. I'll link this on my site later.
^^ Especially when they're written in girl!
I've read other how-to's that are like 'take off the schlipinstiz then find and replace the yoglinjig blah blah blah'.

I understood Kara's guide perfectly haha
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^^ Especially when they're written in girl!
I've read other how-to's that are like 'take off the schlipinstiz then find and replace the yoglinjig blah blah blah'.

I understood Kara's guide perfectly haha
Glad you noticed that it was slightly girl-orientated!

I tried installing a high level brake light recently & couldn't understand a word the guide was saying "splice the thingy, connect the wotsit, get a female spade..." I mean wtf? Seriously... they might as well have been talking in Klingon! Hopefully my guide is a bit more "English" albeit "girly English"!
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Great guide Kara - you've got it all - looks and talent!!
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Great guide Kara - you've got it all - looks and talent!!
Aww thank you!!!

Not sure about the looks though - I thought my fingernails looked quite broken in these pics!
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