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So the previous owner of my 04' Limited decided that instead of replacing one of the power folding mirrors when it broke down, he would just run a screw through the pivot in the housing fixing it in place. Now, if you hit the "power fold" button on the controller, you get a horrible grinding noise on the driver side, and the passenger side folds. That being said, there is something wrong in the passenger side also - it's so flimsy that when you drive it slowly folds in on itself. Clearly a safety issue.

So, I'm going through my options for how to fix this. I don't have easy access to a salvage yard - otherwise I would just try and grab two power-folding mirrors and swap them over. Do I just need to resign myself to going and finding power-folding replacements at some point when I am near a salvage yard? Or has anyone found a "new" aftermarket solution that doesn't break the bank? I want to preserve all the functionality, since that feature is actually relevant to me (I live in the Rockies, and often park in garages that are...tight).

Thanks for whatever help you guys can give me!
 

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Your's power folds both? Now I wonder if mine is broken or didn't have it in the 01s

I would say find a junkyard but make sure it's a power mirror. Like I said, mine doesn't on the drive side and has no grinding noises.
A quick search online shows about $50 per mirror for aftermarket but I don't know about the quality of them, see if you can find one with good reviews.

Mine had a aftermarket clicker system at one point and has a ton of wiring added in the doors, now I wonder if the install for that broke a wire or something? Mine has had a heck of a life being an ex emergency vehicle, now this is getting added to the list of things to look for.
 

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You don't need to replace the whole side mirror. Just replace the gear inside the mirror cost about 7 dollar. There's couple video on youtube how to replace the gear. Here's the part on amazon Amazon.com: BGE28FBA NEW Side Mirror Folding Gear for Honda Jazz Stepwgn MK2 Toyota Vios 28 Teeth: Automotive. Open your up and make sure the gear has the same number of teeth.
I was thinking the same but it is odd that the passenger mirror folds on its own and it also doesn't have enough resistance to stay in position when driving.

When my plastic gear was broken, it was still able to stay in position. Probably need to take apart the mirror and see whats going on inside.

This video helped a ton.

 

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You don't need to replace the whole side mirror. Just replace the gear inside the mirror cost about 7 dollar. There's couple video on youtube how to replace the gear. Here's the part on amazon Amazon.com: BGE28FBA NEW Side Mirror Folding Gear for Honda Jazz Stepwgn MK2 Toyota Vios 28 Teeth: Automotive. Open your up and make sure the gear has the same number of teeth.
I was going to do exactly that. Until I realized the (a) The driver side mirror - the prior owner just ran a wood screw right up into the pivot point to lock it in place. Everything inside that mirror is...not in good shape. (b) The passenger side mirror has whatever going on inside it that keeps there from being tension on the mirror itself. Once you start driving, the wind pushes it back. Something is wrong enough in there where I think it's more worth it just to get replacement mirrors.

I'll hop on car-part and see if I can grab a pair! Thanks!
 
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