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Hi Guys,
I am a newbie to this forum as I have just purchased my first Explorer. Even though it had 4 other owners it is in remarkably good condition with only 107k miles. All the features work and there is very little to no wear to the interior and paint. The only issue I have just come across is both side mirrors. When trying to adjust either one of them they have very limited motion. I placed my hand on the passenger side mirror and it seems to not be affixed (wobbly) or is barely hanging on to the works behind. The driver's side mirror is in almost the same condition as there is very little motion when trying to control it. I did the usual lookup in YouTube but could not find anything specific, so I was wondering if this is a common problem or should I be looking to replace both mirrors even though there is no apparent physical issue that would indicate that they were replaced or damaged at all or do I need to try to "snap them" back into place?
 

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Car wash guys often & unknowingly damage the mechanism behind the glass. I don't know how to fix that except for Viagra, lol
 

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Strange post. All the feature work, and yet the mirrors don't.

There is no apparent physical issue and yet there is in that they don't move full range.

If I had an '06 EB I might be better able to recommend a way to pull the mirrors apart but since I don't, you will have to try to get that done and then see what is wrong. I would start by trying to move them full range in both directions to see if a fastener is exposed in the gap between the mirror and housing and if none is seen, try gently, then harder and harder, prying outward on it.

Worst comes to worst, you break it and need another one which you do anyway if you find the adjustment range isn't adequate or it won't stay in the position you want.

If you do break it, you may then discover the non-destructive way to open them and can be the pioneer that posts a video on how to get them open and what goes wrong.

If you need new ones I would check at local salvage yards, hoping for some that color match if the EB has them color matching, though personally I usually don't mind "trim" like mirrors being a semi-gloss black which would save the hassle and expense of trying to custom match paint that's now 13 years old.

If you manage to get your current mirrors apart without destroying the housing, you might be able to swap the guts from a salvage yard mirror into your current housings if they are color matched to the vehicle.

You might not even need to replace the passenger's side, I mean that within the range of different driver's heights and seat forward and back positions, the correct aim for the passenger's side mirror would change much less than the driver's side so you might be able to devise some way to just get it aimed correctly, fix it in place, then disconnect the power to it so it stays in that position, nothing goes wrong by accidentally flipping the mirror adjustment switch over to trying to move that one.

Guess it depends on your owner-philosophy about vehicles. Since you just bought it, I can understand trying to get everything 100% back to factory working order, but on the other hand, since you just bought it I expect you will own it till it has depreciated enough in value that a little thing like whether the passenger mirror adjusts or not, does not affect resale value nearly as much as anything else would.
 
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