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Offline 2007GTI

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Door mirror glass just dropped out
« on: 03 February 2019, 17:58 »
I was driving at low speed, luckily slowing down to park and the drivers side door mirror glass dropped out and shattered. I remember this happening on my MK5, but I saw it before it dropped and stopped before it fell off and super glued it back on.

Anyway, I see theres some cheap ones on ebay:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Right-Hand-Drivers-Side-VW-Golf-Mk7-2012-2018-Wide-Angle-Wing-Door-Mirror-Glass/253771206054?fits=Model%3AGolf%7CPlat_Gen%3AMK+VII&epid=12021683261&hash=item3b15f14da6:g:RF8AAOSwuOpbVa0o:rk:1:pf:0

Or would it be better to get the whole thing, with the heated element?

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VW-Golf-MK7-VII-RIGHT-Driver-Side-RH-Wing-Mirror-Glass-Convex-White-Heated-Flat/131567452843?fits=Car+Make%3AVW%7CModel%3AGolf%7CPlat_Gen%3AMK+VII&epid=1658022703&hash=item1ea20802ab:g:A1sAAOSwIeFbM5Ru:rk:1:pf:0

I'd prefer OEM so will see how much the stealer wants tomorrow morning.

Thoughts?
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Re: Door mirror glass just dropped out
« Reply #1 on: 03 February 2019, 18:06 »
I'd always go oem so it fits properly. Also, any idea why it fell out? Did the glass become unglued from the backing plate? A salvage part might be worth looking for too.
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Re: Door mirror glass just dropped out
« Reply #2 on: 03 February 2019, 18:18 »
No idea, car is June 2014, with 26k, I think it just became unglued, it has left a glossy surface on the backing plate, like it was the backing from the mirror itself, as the mirror that fell off is the mirrored both sides, so whatever backing the mirror had, is still stuck to the car, if that makes sense.
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Re: Door mirror glass just dropped out
« Reply #3 on: 03 February 2019, 18:37 »
If the mirror is on heating setting a lot, the glue can harden and fail. You will just have lost the glass, leaving the heater element in the mirror housing. VW sell replacement mirror glasses which are pre-glued and fit straight into position. Up to you whether you want to mess with non-oem stuff.
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Re: Door mirror glass just dropped out
« Reply #4 on: 03 February 2019, 18:42 »
Thanks for that
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Re: Door mirror glass just dropped out
« Reply #5 on: 03 February 2019, 20:02 »
If the mirror is on heating setting a lot, the glue can harden and fail. You will just have lost the glass, leaving the heater element in the mirror housing. VW sell replacement mirror glasses which are pre-glued and fit straight into position. Up to you whether you want to mess with non-oem stuff.

Very useful and worth noting. I'd have thought you'd need to clean the old glue off very thoroughly if the new part is to stay on for a reasonable time...
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Re: Door mirror glass just dropped out
« Reply #6 on: 04 February 2019, 00:53 »
Mine fell off a few weeks ago as I was cleaning it. I used Silicone to stick it back on to the rubber backing of the heating element. My mirror heating is permanently on as well.

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Re: Door mirror glass just dropped out
« Reply #7 on: 04 February 2019, 06:42 »
Mirror heating is never permanently on. It's got a timer on it which automatically cuts the heat to stop burning the element out.
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Re: Door mirror glass just dropped out
« Reply #8 on: 04 February 2019, 06:47 »
Silicone will act as an insulant between the glass and the heating element.
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Re: Door mirror glass just dropped out
« Reply #9 on: 12 February 2019, 10:37 »
I ordered just the plain mirror and stuck it on using thin double sided automotive sticky 3M foam tape and it's fine. £6.85 from eBay, job done.
And the glass heats up and works fine.
« Last Edit: 12 February 2019, 12:08 by 2007GTI »
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