Side-View Mirror repair

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Old 10-31-03, 12:46 PM
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Question Side-View Mirror repair

I have a 2003 Honda Civic but this is really a general car question. The inside of the casing of the mirror (the plastic holding the piece to the car) broke pretty cleanly. I don't have the money to fix it proffessionally yet (all of the electic workings are intact). I bought Krazy clue for a quick temporary fix. Do you think this will hold up for a little while if I glue the plastic piece that cracked and the little pegs into the holes they fit it?

Any advice would be appreciated!
 
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Old 10-31-03, 12:53 PM
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Probably. But, I can't see the repair parts from Honda being that much. Considering this is a 2003 vehicle, I'd fix it right.
 
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Old 10-31-03, 03:58 PM
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Don't rig a 2003 model car. Comp. ins ought to cover that unless you have an off the wall deduct. of some kind. My ins replaces a headlite for me. As far as that is concerned anything I break. But I have 0 deduct. on that part. Surely you do have a good policy on that, beings it is a 2003. I dont thing super glue will hold that type of plastic. Maybe an epoxy, but it would look like S***. That mirror should be 100 or a little less new.
 
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Old 11-01-03, 05:13 AM
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Hello higher insurance rates if you turn this in! And I'll bet that's no $100 part.

I had this happen on a 95 Olds 88 when the wife pulled it into the garage for the first time, slightly wider than the previous car. IIRC that part was about $350 back then.

Super glues and krazy glues don't work on many of these types of plastics. Mine was a clean break like yours and I knew a good epoxy would hold it. I went to an auto parts store and bought the Loctite brand epoxy that comes in little pancake looking cans, about 3 or 4 of them in a taller can. I put the assembly on a piece of aluminum foil and pressing the two parts together, covered the one side. After that side cured I flipped it over and did the same to the back side. When that had cured I drilled 3 or 4 holes completely through the assembly, (holes big enough for the epoxy to flow through. Then I mixed another can of it and forced some through the holes.

I put it back on the car. Drove the car for 3 years, 160,000 miles, sold it to a very wise gentleman who knew how to watch his pennies and I saw him about a year ago still driving it with both mirrors attached.
 
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Old 11-01-03, 12:39 PM
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May be differences in ins. co's. I replaced the entire elec mirror assby on my GMC and my rates stayed the same. Sent them an estimate from dealer and ins. co sent me a check, no questions asked.
 
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Old 11-02-03, 05:45 AM
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One thing that is not clear if you read the original post.

Did the mirror break on its own (defective) or did you hit something? If the former, the dealer should cover the problem free of charge under the factory warranty.

I can't see that you cannot afford repairs if you own a 2003 vehicle. That machine costs a good coin .
 
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Old 11-03-03, 06:04 AM
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thanks for the help

Well,

I was desperate and tried out the krazyclue for a quick fix and it didn't work as well as I had hoped, but it looks like it will hang on until I get it fixed. It broke b/c I ran into something (oops).

If you think it will be less than 100 dollars, I can handle that and will take it to my dealer (hopefully, they won't mind the glue on there. haha).
 
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Old 11-03-03, 06:18 AM
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I am not up on Honda parts, but taking it to a dealer will be more than 100 bucks. More like 175-200 with labor.
 
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Old 11-03-03, 10:37 AM
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Labor is 60 an hour (Minimally) at most dealerships, and the part is easily 50 bones, so there goes 100 bucks right there.

If the damage isn't obvious, maybe the dealer will be nice and replace the mirror as a "defect". LOL. If it's obvious damage (and it likely is now because it's Crazy Glued to piss...lol), then ask the parts department how hard the new mirror is to install. They may offer to pop it in if you buy the part from them. Doesn't hurt to ask.
 
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Old 11-03-03, 10:45 AM
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we'll see

I spoke with our honda guy and he said best case scenario would be $40-50 (bones :-) ) and worse would be if they had to get a whole other mirror which would be $300. I am gonna assume it is $300 and suck it up, cause I don't want this stupid problem to cause something worse.

I am hoping for a best case scenario though. haha
 
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Old 11-04-03, 09:35 AM
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Probably just the glass versus the whole mirror....
 
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