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Old 26 Nov 2004, 01:46 pm   #1 (permalink)
D Larsen
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I have a 94 Camry that lost the passenger side power mirror glass (don't
ask !)...the local Safelite guy said I lost the "backing plate", too, so
he couldn't just replace the glass.

Anyway, I have the replacement part (housing and all), so I'm gonna slap
the new one on...

Question : How do I remove the old mirror housing ? It looks like it
should be simple, but I don't want to start prying off the inside black
triangular piece without checking here first to see if anyone has any
advice. It also looks like I don't have to mess with the door panel or
anything like that...true ?

Any suggestions/knowledge sharing is appreciated !

Dean...
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Old 26 Nov 2004, 02:37 pm   #2 (permalink)
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I've never done it, but my Haynes books says that 3 retaining screws lie
behind the mirror bracket cover, which should be pried off. (looks
triangular - inside of door).

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Old 26 Nov 2004, 08:57 pm   #3 (permalink)
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On Fri, 26 Nov 2004 14:46:34 -0500, D Larsen wrote:

>
> I have a 94 Camry that lost the passenger side power mirror glass (don't
> ask !)...the local Safelite guy said I lost the "backing plate", too, so
> he couldn't just replace the glass.
>
> Anyway, I have the replacement part (housing and all), so I'm gonna slap
> the new one on...
>
> Question : How do I remove the old mirror housing ? It looks like it
> should be simple, but I don't want to start prying off the inside black
> triangular piece without checking here first to see if anyone has any
> advice. It also looks like I don't have to mess with the door panel or
> anything like that...true ?
>
> Any suggestions/knowledge sharing is appreciated !
>
> Dean...



Hmmm....youy don't mention if you have electric mirrors.

Anyway, the removal procedure is quite simple. Pry off the rectangular
plastic and undo the three nuts holding it to the door. If you have the
manual type, pry off the plastic cap over the handle and remove the screw
first and handle first. If you have the elctric type, remove the plastic
and GENTLY pull the wiring. It should be log enough that the connector
will come out of the door. If not, you will have to remove the door panel.
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Old 26 Nov 2004, 09:51 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks, c-k...I figured it had 3 screws, from looking at the mounting
points in the new housing. I was just a little leery about prying off
the plastic housing inside, 'cause I screwed up my master power switch
trying to get THAT out for a different problem !

Sounds like an easy swap-out

Dean...


camry-keeper wrote:
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> I've never done it, but my Haynes books says that 3 retaining screws lie
> behind the mirror bracket cover, which should be pried off. (looks
> triangular - inside of door).

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Old 26 Nov 2004, 10:11 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks, HachiRoku...

Yes, it's a power mirror. The plug on the mirror does seem to be long
enough, but I was wondering about that.

Thanks again for the detailed instructions; "sounds like a 10 minute
job", which is a standing joke with my wife, because when I say that, I
usually end up screwing enough other things up so it ends up taking
hours <g> !

Dean...


HachiRoku wrote:
>
> On Fri, 26 Nov 2004 14:46:34 -0500, D Larsen wrote:
>
> >
> > I have a 94 Camry that lost the passenger side power mirror glass (don't
> > ask !)...the local Safelite guy said I lost the "backing plate", too, so
> > he couldn't just replace the glass.
> >
> > Anyway, I have the replacement part (housing and all), so I'm gonna slap
> > the new one on...
> >
> > Question : How do I remove the old mirror housing ? It looks like it
> > should be simple, but I don't want to start prying off the inside black
> > triangular piece without checking here first to see if anyone has any
> > advice. It also looks like I don't have to mess with the door panel or
> > anything like that...true ?
> >
> > Any suggestions/knowledge sharing is appreciated !
> >
> > Dean...

>
> Hmmm....youy don't mention if you have electric mirrors.
>
> Anyway, the removal procedure is quite simple. Pry off the rectangular
> plastic and undo the three nuts holding it to the door. If you have the
> manual type, pry off the plastic cap over the handle and remove the screw
> first and handle first. If you have the elctric type, remove the plastic
> and GENTLY pull the wiring. It should be log enough that the connector
> will come out of the door. If not, you will have to remove the door panel.

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Old 26 Nov 2004, 11:40 pm   #6 (permalink)
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On Fri, 26 Nov 2004 23:11:02 -0500, D Larsen wrote:

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> Thanks, HachiRoku...
>
> Yes, it's a power mirror. The plug on the mirror does seem to be long
> enough, but I was wondering about that.
>
> Thanks again for the detailed instructions; "sounds like a 10 minute
> job", which is a standing joke with my wife, because when I say that, I
> usually end up screwing enough other things up so it ends up taking
> hours <g> !
>
> Dean...



HAHAHA! You're welcome!
I always allocate about 3 hours for those 10 minute jobs: 10 minutes to
actually accomplish the task, and 2:50 for getting tools, parts, screws
etc from the stores, including dropping the wrench while lieing on my back
and it finds the slightest incline to roll 10 feet away, putting the tiny
parts right down there where I know where they are and then having to
spend 15 minutes looking for them (How the hell did it get THERE?!), and
then 4 cigarette breaks, because of frustration about why a 10 min job
took 3 hours, all the time thinking how much I'd like to go to Japan and
punch THIS engineer in the nose for putting it together this way!

>
>
> HachiRoku wrote:
>>
>> On Fri, 26 Nov 2004 14:46:34 -0500, D Larsen wrote:
>>
>> >
>> > I have a 94 Camry that lost the passenger side power mirror glass (don't
>> > ask !)...the local Safelite guy said I lost the "backing plate", too, so
>> > he couldn't just replace the glass.
>> >
>> > Anyway, I have the replacement part (housing and all), so I'm gonna slap
>> > the new one on...
>> >
>> > Question : How do I remove the old mirror housing ? It looks like it
>> > should be simple, but I don't want to start prying off the inside black
>> > triangular piece without checking here first to see if anyone has any
>> > advice. It also looks like I don't have to mess with the door panel or
>> > anything like that...true ?
>> >
>> > Any suggestions/knowledge sharing is appreciated !
>> >
>> > Dean...

>>
>> Hmmm....youy don't mention if you have electric mirrors.
>>
>> Anyway, the removal procedure is quite simple. Pry off the rectangular
>> plastic and undo the three nuts holding it to the door. If you have the
>> manual type, pry off the plastic cap over the handle and remove the screw
>> first and handle first. If you have the elctric type, remove the plastic
>> and GENTLY pull the wiring. It should be log enough that the connector
>> will come out of the door. If not, you will have to remove the door panel.


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Old 27 Nov 2004, 11:13 am   #7 (permalink)
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HachiRoku wrote:
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>
> HAHAHA! You're welcome!
> I always allocate about 3 hours for those 10 minute jobs: 10 minutes to
> actually accomplish the task, and 2:50 for getting tools, parts, screws
> etc from the stores, including dropping the wrench while lieing on my back
> and it finds the slightest incline to roll 10 feet away, putting the tiny
> parts right down there where I know where they are and then having to
> spend 15 minutes looking for them (How the hell did it get THERE?!), and
> then 4 cigarette breaks, because of frustration about why a 10 min job
> took 3 hours, all the time thinking how much I'd like to go to Japan and
> punch THIS engineer in the nose for putting it together this way!
>


<VBG>

....and dropping the small critical screw somewhere down into the engine
compartment, or wrenching the head off a rusted screw, leaving the body
still in the hole, etc etc !

It's nice to hear that others have "projects" like mine !

Dean...
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Old 27 Nov 2004, 09:22 pm   #8 (permalink)
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On Sat, 27 Nov 2004 12:13:31 -0500, D Larsen wrote:

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> HachiRoku wrote:
>>
>>
>> HAHAHA! You're welcome!
>> I always allocate about 3 hours for those 10 minute jobs: 10 minutes to
>> actually accomplish the task, and 2:50 for getting tools, parts, screws
>> etc from the stores, including dropping the wrench while lieing on my back
>> and it finds the slightest incline to roll 10 feet away, putting the tiny
>> parts right down there where I know where they are and then having to
>> spend 15 minutes looking for them (How the hell did it get THERE?!), and
>> then 4 cigarette breaks, because of frustration about why a 10 min job
>> took 3 hours, all the time thinking how much I'd like to go to Japan and
>> punch THIS engineer in the nose for putting it together this way!
>>

>
> <VBG>
>
> ...and dropping the small critical screw somewhere down into the engine
> compartment, or wrenching the head off a rusted screw, leaving the body
> still in the hole, etc etc !
>
> It's nice to hear that others have "projects" like mine !
>
> Dean...


All part of the wonderful experience of keeping our "Toys" running.

Just for some background:
I have had about 14 Toyotas.
I currently own:
'83 Tercel 4WD wagon
'85 Celica GTS
'85 Corolla GTS (Google 'hachiroku')
'86 Camry (actually my Mom's but I do all the maintenance)
Just sold a '95 Tercel 2 door that got 45 MPG, so I could buy
'88 Supra

Yep, know about breaking them bolts!!!
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Old 28 Nov 2004, 06:53 am   #9 (permalink)
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HachiRoku <Trueno@ae86.GTS> wrote in message news:<hwbqd.819$gN3.404@trndny07>...
>
> Yep, know about breaking them bolts!!!


Toyota makes a rust penetrant aerosol spray.

Still have a 1977 Toyota long bed SR5. Used to put a lot of miles on
it, and replaced almost everything from the fuel pump to the head.

Only cost $500 because it had suffered extensive rust being parked
near the ocean.

Made a practice of not touching a bolt without first spraying the rust
penetrant.

Only once, under time pressure, snapped off four license plate frame
bolts thinking I didn't need the penetrant spray for the small bolts -
other than that, never had a problem even with tight rusty bolts at
the exhaust pipe fastening to the manifold.
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Old 28 Nov 2004, 07:19 am   #10 (permalink)
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D Larsen <dmlarsen@bunk.compuserve.com> wrote in message news:<41A8B5BB.EF65F117@bunk.compuserve.com>...
> HachiRoku wrote:
>
> > I always allocate about 3 hours for those 10 minute jobs

putting the tiny
> > parts right down there where I know where they are and then having to
> > spend 15 minutes looking for them

all the time thinking how much I'd like to go to Japan and
> > punch THIS engineer in the nose for putting it together this way!


> ...and dropping the small critical screw somewhere down into the engine
> compartment


================================================== =====

Not at all sure anyone wants to hear this that doesn't already know.
But here's my $.02.
Always, before beginning work on the Camry, I kneel and bow my
forehead to the concrete floor, in a few moments of recognition that
mine is not the supreme intelligence in the universe, knowing that of
myself I can easily damage something expensive, or suffer severe
injury and create much larger problems for myself that what I'm trying
to correct, and seek to align with the greater Intelligence that
underlies the harmonious operation of all, in operation now and create
the mental silence that unifies with it.
Then unhurriedly, appreciate the workings of the designs I encounter,
and the mechanical work flows as a joyous experience, and each part is
disassembled, cleaned and replaced or reassembled with fascination and
appreciation.
================================================== ======
I've worked on other vehicles before Toyota - American and European
manufacture, yet don't believe I've ever encountered the quality of
design found in the Toyota and it is a joy working with the parts and
assemblies.
Always take your time.
I've heard of recreational oil changing - I must be practising
recreational mechanical work because I enjoy bringing everything I
touch into perfection.
The precision of everything continues to amaze me. The idler bearings
for the timing belt, the water pump passageways and design. The
polished aluminum machining tolerances in the water pump are so
precise, the sealant rings are tiny.
Perhaps just my personal prejudice, but the difference between the
Chevy pressed steel rocker arms on the engines I used to own long ago,
and the general design of the Camry is like the difference between a
Nikon camera and a Chevy tire jack. They both do the job for which
they're intended, but one has more finesse.
Have you ever looked at the difference between a Stant radiator cap,
and a Toyota radiator cap?
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