I need a detailed explanation of how to replace the entire side mirror assembly on the passenger side. The pivot connector has broken from the mirror getting pushed forward too much and the mirror is just hanging by the wire. I have read that I will need to remove the door panel to get access so I need a explanation of how to do this too and what tools I will need. I found a procedure for doing this on a 1998 Beetle but do not know if it's the same for a 2004.
i have uploaded the procedure for you
you will need standard hand tools and a flat screw driver
please copy and paste the link below in your browser
if that doesnt work,,try it this way
The biggest thing I was concerned about was how to get the door panel off. These instructions talk about grinding things off to remove the door panel? I thought it just pulled off after removing a few screws but these instructions show what looks like a very complicated procedure to just remove the door panel. Is this correct?
yes..it doesnt just pop off
though it isnt too bad
just follow the instructions,,,you will be fine
So should the door panel come off first or does it come off after I remove the old mirror?
no..you need to remove the panel first
remove the panel per instructions
after that there isnt much to the mirror
But more upper door panel is not painted, it has a rubberized texture to it. I don't see how I'm supposed to grind anything off to remove the upper door panel. In reading further it says I cannot reuse my door panel? Is it the upper that I can't reuse or if so why not? Seems awfully wasteful to have to throw it away just because I need to remove it. If I decided not to hook up my power mirror could I install it without removing the door panel? This looks like way more than what I was expecting if the door panel has to come off.
i think i may have gave you too much info
you can use your panel
please go down to door trim removal
it isnt that bad,,,really
i wanted to give you plenty of info to refer too...and i think i just caused confusion ,,,,sorry
Yea that makes a lot more sense now. That middle part freaked me out a bit. This looks more like what I was expecting if I just need to remove the door trim panel. So the upper door panel does not have to come off right?
now we are getting there
Also, if I just download the document and save it as a Word file I will be able to pull it up later right?
you should be done within an hour
yes,,it is a word file
or,,you could just save the link..i will leave it open for a week or so for you
One more question-when my mirror broke the only part that broke is the metal pivot piece that it looks like the mirror assembly sits on top of. Is that a part that I can replace by itself without having to replace the entire mirror assembly? My mirror is not broke, the blinker still works and the mirror is still able be moved with the control. Just wondering if there is a way to save me some money.
you can replace just the housing
though,,i wouldnt think there would be a bog price difference
we always replace the unit
Mirror Housing, Removing And Installing - New Beetle Sedan --> 05.00. - New Beetle Sedan --> 06.00. - New Beetle Convertible. - Remove mirror glass.New Beetle Sedan --> 05.00
- Press screwdriver - 2 - in - direction of arrow - against locking mechanism under retainer - 4 - and disengage mirror housing - 1 -. - Pull off mirror housing - 1 - upward from mirror carrier - 3 -.New Beetle Sedan 06.00 -->
- Unclip trim - 1 - from mirror housing. Loosen locking mechanism using - screwdriver arrow -, to do so.
- Press screwdriver - 2 - in - direction of arrow - against locking mechanism above retainer - 4 - and disengage mirror housing - 1 -. - Loosen mirror housing - 1 - from lower retainer - 3 - and remove mirror housing from mirror carrier - 3 - by turning respectively.New Beetle Convertible - Switch off ignition and all electrical consumers and remove ignition key.
- Press screwdriver - 2 - in - direction of arrow - against locking mechanism above retainer - 5 - and disengage mirror housing - 1 -. - Loosen mirror housing - 1 - from lower retainer - 4 - and unlock connector for mirror turn signal lamp - 3 - and remove. - Remove mirror housing - 1 - from mirror carrier - 4 - by turning respectively.Installing - The respective assembly follows the reverse of the removal procedures.
I was thinking if I reused my old mirror assembly I wouldn't have to remove the door trim panel since it's already wired up and still functioning. I think it's the piece that these 3 screws connect too:
if your housing is good
ten,,you could just replace the glass
i was thinking the housing was broken
No the glass is still good too, it's just the metal pivot pad that attaches with the screws that is broken. It looks like the mirror assembly sticks onto the pivot post.
the housing that mounts to the door is fine?
if so,,then yes,,you may be able to replace it all from the outside
Yes it's fine.
though,,i have no info at all for this
give me just a second please
i have nothing
and relly dont know if it can be bought seperatly
Well, I guess I'll see if that part is even available from my VW dealer and at least try that approach. If it doesn't work I'll fall back on replacing the whole thing. Thanks for the help. I'll give you a good rating.
you are very welcome