Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2001 22:05:15 -0400
From: "Kenneth S." <nimrodnopsams.com>
Subject: Re: wacky mirror problem...


Thanks for the advice, Skip, and thanks also to the others who have commented. I already have the quick fix you mention, but it's not easy to refocus on the small convex mirror, particularly since the small mirror is so heavily domed. I'll have a look at the car tomorrow and see if I can manage the fix you mention. (I was thinking that the problem was a result of having electric mirrors on the Saab, whereas the mirrors on the Miata are manually adjusted. However, that can't be it, because the Saab's predecessor -- a Mercury -- also had electric mirrors, but they had a wider range of adjustment.) Skip wrote: > > There is a tech fix on this from Saab, but you can do it yourself...remove > mirror assbly from housing and add three washers to the inside fastening > points. This 'tilts' the entire housing outward and lets the mirror 'see' > farther out. > > I can't remember the tech bulletin number but you may able to find in a > search or at the dealer... > > As a quick fix you can get one of those little round/square convex mirrors > and stick it in one corner.. > > HTH > Kenneth S. <nimrodnopsams.com> wrote in message > news:3B617B67.1290nopsams.com... > > Not quite the same problem, but I'll ask the question anyway. > > > > I find that the driver's side mirror on my 1996 900SE doesn't turn > > outwards enough for my taste. At the end of its reach it still shows > > the area just alongside the car, and a blind spot remains. It is easy > > to miss a car overtaking on the driver's side, a few feet to the left > > and just behind the car. I don't have this problem on my Miata, where I > > can adjust the mirror to exactly what I want. > > > > I've thought of two solutions: > > (1) Find some way of getting more adjustment on the driver's side > > mirror, although I don't know how to do this, and I'm reluctant to risk > > breaking it. > > (2) Ask the dealer to install a convex mirror on the driver's side, just > > as on the passenger side mirror. It seems to me that European cars I've > > rented often have convex mirrors, but I don't know if U.S. regulations > > prohibit convex mirrors on the driver's side, since I've never seen it > > in the U.S. > > > > Any ideas? > > > > > > Everett M. Greene wrote: > > > > > > "Nate t. G." <ngoddardnopsamnect.net> writes: > > > > > > > on my way to work this morning, something caught my eye, and it > was the > > > > glass portion of my right side rear-view mirror starting to fall > > > > off.fortunately I was able to pull off and then easily/gently detach > it, so > > > > it didn't fall and shatter. the mirror housing, and the backing plate > that > > > > the mirrored glass attaches are still in place just fine. > > > > anyone ever hear of this? also, anyone have any idea how to > disassemble > > > > the mirror assembly so I can work on it in detail? ideas on how to > > > > re-attach the glass mirror part. > > > > > > Model? Year? Country? > > > > > > I had one of the outside mirror heads on a 1985 U.S. 900 > > > start to come loose. The adjusting linkage was the only > > > thing holding it to the vehicle. It appears there is a > > > shear pin holding the mirror to the vehicle (safety > > > requirement to protect pedestrians?) that broke. > > > > > > I attempted to get at the pin to replace it, but the > > > mirror appears to be a one-piece molded assembly that I > > > was unable to "crack". I finally put a couple of sheet > > > metal screws through the walls between the two parts.

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