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Removing interior rear view mirror

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I'm trying to replace my interior rear view mirror with an auto dimming mirror for my 2003 S.

I tried using robogrip pliers with jaw pads, but I can only rotate the mirror a few degrees either way. Can't seem to rotate counterclockwise 90 degrees to remove mirror.

I've read that other people have removed their mirror with ease.

How much force is needed without breaking the front wind shield?

Can the mirror be removed clockwise as well as counterclockwise?

Are there any other tricks, besides brute force?

Thanks in advance.

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We made a DVD of that install on Henry's 2000 2.7.

If the install instructions have not changed for 2003 then use the 996 instructions, not the Boxster. There was a model year change to the bridge plug that you hook up the wires to. This is noted on the 996 instructions but not the 986 instructions.

I use padded pliers. The shop manual says to rotate the mirror shaft counter but it really does not matter which direction you go. Henry does it by hand.




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I got the dvds, which prompted me to try the mirror install myself. They're nice.

I can't seem to grip it enough to turn. I'm grabbing at the base of the mirror next to the glass. It'll a move few degrees either way, but that's it.

I'll try clockwise to see if it'll give in to go. Is there something I need to do (like pushing in, or remove a locking screw, etc.) before just turning on a 2003 S?

Don't know why I'm having so much difficulty with this, where other people like Henry can remove the mirrors with their hands.

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Grab it with padded pliers and twist 90 degrees counterclockwise and it just falls off. There is no set or locking screw. It is a standard break-away mirror in case a head hits it.

You are probably not turning hard enough because you think you might break something. It does take some force.

You might ask a local glass shop to do it for you.



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