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Volvo Repair Database [850] Weird Mirror Adj. Behavior

Post by ToriWhite » Sun Feb 02, 2020 6:22 pm

For both the Driver's and Passenger's side mirrors on my 96 850 - they follow the console-nubs adjustment in every direction except 'Up'. I can tilt them left, right, down.. but neither of them will tilt up!

Obviously not a major drivability issue, but it is a minor quality-of-life fix I want to attend to, you've got to pepper yourself with some 'easy wins' between the big stuff to keep morale up!

Anyone have any clues what this could be from?

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Re: [850] Weird Mirror Adj. Behavior

Post by misha » Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:29 am

If it tries to go up but skips....it's stripped gears.
If it doesn't move at all in that position i would check the adjustment switch(es) and clean the contacts.
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Re: [850] Weird Mirror Adj. Behavior

Post by scot850 » Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:41 pm

Like misha says, if the issue is a common one to both mirrors then it would point to a common issue. The only common issue is the adjustment switch for that direction movement.

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Re: [850] Weird Mirror Adj. Behavior

Post by ToriWhite » Mon Feb 03, 2020 1:22 pm

misha wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:29 am
If it tries to go up but skips....it's stripped gears.
If it doesn't move at all in that position i would check the adjustment switch(es) and clean the contacts.
scot850 wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:41 pm
The only common issue is the adjustment switch for that direction movement.
No 'skipping' behavior, no motor hum of even 'trying' to move.. courtesy of RobertDIY apparently the Window Switch cluster is only a couple T25 and an ounce of elbow grease deep in the center console, shouldn't be too hard to pull out. Haven't found any info on actually cracking open the cluster, where the actual contacts / switch stuff would be to clean.. guess I'll have to take pictures and make it!

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Re: [850] Weird Mirror Adj. Behavior

Post by scot850 » Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:30 pm

There should be info here somewhere on removing the center console. Not a particularly difficult job. There is probably less info on dis-assembling the switches. If anything like I recall it requires 3 hands and small strong fingers and safety glasses for the small springs that fly out and immediately disappear. May be easier to replace with a junkyard item.

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Re: [850] Weird Mirror Adj. Behavior

Post by Clemens » Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:48 pm

+1 on cleaning the contacts. my R does exactly the same once in a while.
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Re: [850] Weird Mirror Adj. Behavior  Topic is solved

Post by abscate » Tue Feb 04, 2020 3:37 am

Ca;you just bump up the mirror by hand and then adjust down with the motor to the correct position?
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Re: [850] Weird Mirror Adj. Behavior

Post by ToriWhite » Fri Feb 07, 2020 1:11 pm

abscate wrote:
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Ca;you just bump up the mirror by hand and then adjust down with the motor to the correct position?
:? ...embarrassed that I haven't even tried this
Was able to push it smoothly, had the resistance of a plate stuck on the surface of a bowl of peanut butter- didnt have to force it to skip teeth on the gears or anything..
still going to pull it apart with pictures / write-up.. just.. now that I can use my mirrors safely again, I can push that down the 'to-do' list, and get back to fretting over stupid smog error codes :lol:

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Re: [850] Weird Mirror Adj. Behavior

Post by abscate » Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:24 am

When I had nine drivers, all of whom didn’t drive until the Mirrors were set, they had to deal with mirrors that froze either from age or cold, so this was a common scenario in our house. They were all very careful drivers though.

The boys next door didn’t know cars had mirrors...
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