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Old 01-20-2010, 03:04 PM
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W124 Outside Mirror Glass Replacement (1987 300D)

Hey all, I posted this in diesel discussion, however, it's applicable to other W124s with similar part numbers / design (manual drivers side mirror, power passenger side mirror, both electrically heated).

Tools I used:
  • Prying device, I used my Victorinox Swisstool with two small pieces of cereal box for padding.
  • Cloth / paper towel for cleaning

Both my outside mirrors were scratched pretty badly. I'm not sure how it happened, as it was that way when I bought the car. Through this forum I happened upon a set of [new-in-box] OE Mercedes mirrors. This is near verbatim with the W124 FSM, albeit with greater details (and a slight problem during the install). Read on!

Drivers side first...
  • It may be a little easier with the window down (and / or with the door open). Manually manipulate the mirror such that the outside edge is more accessible. You'll be lightly prying from that side.
  • Once you pop the joint free, it'll be held by the mechanism that manipulates its configuration and the power cable for the heated mirror.
  • Disconnect the power connection and gently slide the mirror off of the mechanism (it slides parallel to the mirror's surface).

  • To install, do the reverse (). Actually, it's a little more wiggling and fun trying to get the mechanism seated onto the mirror after doing the power connection. I found the easiest was was to hold the inside adjustment knob and firmly push it in place with a clean rag. Again, it slides parallel to the mirror's surface.
  • Then, swing it into position (clockwise from above), and firmly push the face in place with that clean rag. The socket will pop on and you'll be good to go.

Next, passenger side (a little more fun )
  • With the engine on or in the glow position, adjust the mirror down, and to the left. This is because you'll be prying the mirror in that direction and you want the small joints connected to the actuators to pop off easily without having to worry about moving the mechanism.
  • Again, pry gently from the outside (near the middle or top) and it'll come free. Disconnect the heated mirror power connection, and remove the mirror.

  • To install is a bit more trouble - you have the turnstile and two small sockets for the up/down and left/right actuators. Unfortunately for me, the turnstile (metal cross in the center) remained on the car, and not with mirror (like the manual's pictures). It may turn out easier to remove it from the housing and install it on the new mirror glass.
  • Before you start connecting the new mirror glass, use the inside adjustment to the up / right corner. This puts the actuators in the retracted position (good, since you'll be pushing against them).
  • Connect the power.
  • Carefully align the mirror and firmly push into place with a clean rag. The turnstile and sockets should click into place, and you'll be good to go.

More pictures and "trouble" in the next post

Oh, and I quickly took the pictures, so, some of them are a little dusty / regulators not arranged. I'm sure it'll still get the point across
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W124 Outside Mirror Glass Replacement (1987 300D)-car-maintenance-01-20-10-001s.jpg   W124 Outside Mirror Glass Replacement (1987 300D)-car-maintenance-01-20-10-003s.jpg   W124 Outside Mirror Glass Replacement (1987 300D)-car-maintenance-01-20-10-005s.jpg   W124 Outside Mirror Glass Replacement (1987 300D)-car-maintenance-01-20-10-009s.jpg   W124 Outside Mirror Glass Replacement (1987 300D)-car-maintenance-01-20-10-010s.jpg  

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Old 01-20-2010, 03:08 PM
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Ok, so, I hit a snag when I put the new mirror on. The plastic clips for the turnstile are pretty brittle (maybe from age).

Has anyone had success with supergluing these back in place?

I can remove the turnstile from the mirror housing and place it in the reglued clips, but, I'm not sure if they'd last. I put the old mirror back on without a hitch, so...I'm wondering if it's worth my time. I don't have much to lose, however, I don't feel like playing with old snap fit connections more than I have to. Or, rather, I don't feel like breaking the good ones in the mirror's housing...

Comparison of backs and the newly broken mirror glass...and the old one's surface
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W124 Outside Mirror Glass Replacement (1987 300D)-car-maintenance-01-20-10-004s.jpg   W124 Outside Mirror Glass Replacement (1987 300D)-car-maintenance-01-20-10-008s.jpg   W124 Outside Mirror Glass Replacement (1987 300D)-car-maintenance-01-20-10-011s.jpg   W124 Outside Mirror Glass Replacement (1987 300D)-car-maintenance-01-20-10-007s.jpg  
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262,715 and counting
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