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Hey Chris, no offense but what the heck (m) (archive)

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Posted by Norm on May 15, 2001 at 19:51:02:

In Reply to: It's a been a safety issue for about 4 months posted by Chris, Windy City Chapter on May 15, 2001 at 18:44:26:

You have been at risk and are putting other drivers at risk. Please get it fixed ASAP.

Bentley manual shows E36 non-sport mirror housing removal (section 510). Is it same procedure for M3 coupe sport mirrors?


It looks like someone already tried to work on it. A spade lug connector is missing from one of the wires. The #24 10A fuse was replaced with a 7.5A fuse. I have no idea WHO worked on it (I guess one of the hazards of buying a used car). If it was another dealer, then I'm sure my local dealer would do the work under warranty. But I have no idea and neither will they. So I thought I'd try to resolve it myself first. If I have to, then I will certainly bring it in. I don't think it's rocket science but the owner's manual and Bentley manual just do not provide any good information or theory of op. For example,

1] Owner's manual says mirrors are heated with key in position 2 "according to outside temp" but it doesn't say at what outside temp.

2] One mirror measures (out-of-circuit) 115-Ohm and the other 2000-Ohm, across the two lugs on the mirror for the heating.

3] It doesn't say WHERE the mirror heating thermostat is located (on the motor or in the car somewhere).

4] The Bentley manual wiring is somewhat different for my car (for 98 year).

So it's a challenge and I'm trying to get some information. If anyone knows, great, if not, that's OK too.

Sorry for the long-"winded" post.


are you talking about? Are you replying to some other post? I'm talking about a power mirror issue. I can see out of it just fine. What safety issue are you referring to exactly? Is there some TSB?

Anybody else know what Chris is talking about?


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