I'm trying to replace the passenger side mirror of my 2007 Ford Focus. I have successfully detached the old mirror but can't get the new one back on. The problem I'm running into is that I can't get the new mirror to lie flush in the groove and the hex screw that goes from inside the car door, into the center of the mirror, won't catch the thread. I just keep turning and turning the screw and it remains in place.
If I line up the mirror without using the screw, I still can't get the mirror to lie flush. And if I try screwing the screw directly into the mirror, without going through the car door, it goes in successfully so I know the thread is still good.
Just to clarify, there is a Torx screw that fastens through the car door and into the corner of the mirror, but that is not the screw that is giving me problems. I have tried putting that screw in first and then attempting the center hex screw. I've also tried saving the Torx screw for last, but still the hex screw won't go.
Any ideas? Ever heard of this problem before? I've tried removing the padding of the mirror to see if it's that thickness that is causing problems. But that didn't work either.
Did you compare the two mirrors to see if there are any differences? Sometimes they are a little different from year to year and wont interchange. Where did you get the new mirror? If aftermarket (not Ford) it doesnt surprise me that it wont line up properly or lie flush in its mount. There is a reason they are cheaper. I have come across aftermarket stuff that has to be modified all the time so it fits
January, 24, 2009 AT 1:17 PM
I got the mirror from autopartswarehouse. Com. They claimed that it fit all Ford Focus model years from 2001-present (roughly). I know that 2007 was DEFINITELY on their list of compatible cars. And you're right, it was much cheaper!
I was thinking of taking a sander and grinding down the inside of the mirror where the mount surface does not have a uniform surface level. There are these plastic protrusions on the inside of the mirror that lie against the side of the car which act as braces. Not sure how to describe it exactly, they are almost like a waffle pattern with ridges and gaps between them. I did notice that one of the so-called " ridges" protrudes slightly further and at an angle, which causes the mirror to rock against the car when I try to line it up. If you were me would you sooner return the mirror OR try sanding it down. I'm pretty sure I could get it to work with this approach, but I wouldn't want to run the risk of making it unreturnable if I " damaged" it and still couldn't get it to work.
January, 25, 2009 AT 8:33 AM
Depends on how soon you want it fixed. I would probably get another one, in case grinding on it makes it fit shakey against the car so it doenst vibrate when driving