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Old 07-13-2010, 08:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Side View Mirror

I might have inquired before, but I will try again...If my side view mirror moves/operates fine when operated manually, but does that start/stop thing when returning from reverse tilt-down, what part needs to be replaced? I thought there was a TSB on this, if so, can someone post? I want to do this as a DIY.

Also, how is the mirror attached to the motor, actuator? Is it glue or snapped in? I thought there were some diagrams posted that involved prying it off from within the housing, but couldnt tell if that involved breaking an adhesive bond vs snapping it out of a clip.

Hopefully, I can fix this without having to remove the housing or break the mirror.
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Old 07-13-2010, 02:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My ’06 mirror quit tilting down fully in reverse and followed the advice of kelaykay: Passenger mirror won't go all the way down in 2004

I don’t know if the ’07 actuator has anything in common with the ’06 but try this:

Gently push the mirror up-down / left-right a few times. Mine’s been working fine ever since.

Only thing I can imagine is there is a friction clutch or sensor which gets dirty, worn, or a flat spot?
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Old 07-13-2010, 03:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My 07 did this a few times, and my memory settings would move half way, then stop.

The dealer ended up replacing the motor for the mirror.
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Old 07-13-2010, 04:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My 08 passenger side did the same too
Dealer replaced the motor.
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Old 07-13-2010, 09:55 PM   #5 (permalink)
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My 08 is doing it and since I'm still under warranty it will be replaced. Service rep mentioned it's not unusual. I think he mentioned that the actuators fail.

Isn't yours still under warranty anyway?
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:18 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Redwing is correct its the actuators failing. I've had mine replaced at least 3 times now. I hope Honda gets their act in order. I don't want things like this to fail after warranty. There is also a TSB out there as well on this issue.
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Old 07-17-2010, 11:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Side View Mirror Issue Resolved

I figured it out...Picked up the Actuator from the dealer for $40...Got the parts diagram of the mirror from the part's guy - after I heard him mumble to someone "what does he need that for, I guess he thinks he's going to figure it out" - what a do**bag.


Snapped out the mirror and 2 connectors (just positioned the mirror so that the outer edge was far enough out to pry it off with pressure - no screwdriver needed), undid the 3 screws holding the actuator on with the t10 torx screwdriver, snapped off the 2 actuator connectors in the back and removed, plugged in the new actuator, screwed the screws back in, snapped the mirror on and voila....it worked properly. I didnt even need to remove the mirror housing unit from the door. Took all of 15 minutes.

Thanks for your input guys, it helped! That would have cost me 150 - 300 at the dealer.

Feeling frisky now...I may do the autodimming mirror next weekend.
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Old 09-27-2010, 08:04 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I guess I need some help too.

While backing my 2008 MDX I shattered the Glass and I think the actuator is gone too.
The turn signal lights work and the plastic housing etc. has snapped back in place.

The stealer want $250.00 in labor + parts. So BEAR1906 can you please, if you have them, post diagram and anything I should be aware off.

Do I need to reprogram the Mirrors etc?

Thanks for your help.

Sidenote: I left the car keys in ON position all night and the battery is now completely dead. Head lights etc were off...so I am really confused as to what happened.
What could be the possible reasons? Short Circuit in the side mirroe assy? are the speedometer/tack/indicator lights..they probably were ON and drained the battery.

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Old 09-28-2010, 12:18 AM   #9 (permalink)
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update:
I have ordered the actuator and the mirror. They will be delivered tomorrow.

However I decided to jump the dead battery and used my infiniti I-30 as the booster battery.

But could not get it startrd. All I heard was Tak-tak-tak-tak
Guys any ideas?
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My dealer did the replacement of the actuator on the driver mirror under warranty. Did you'll ask the dealer?
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Old 09-28-2010, 12:27 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I dont think its a warranty item. I broke it while backing out of the garage
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If you left the key to ON position all night, don't search for any problem or short circuit, the key at ON is the problem to your dead battery, there is a bunch of electronics that are ON when the key is on, few hours and it will take a beating out of any good battery.

Recharge the battery fully and let'S see if it still good or you gave it the last hurt doing so.

Your Tak-Tak-Tak noise was coming from 'not enough power' in the battery to start the engine, once it will be fully charged you will be good to go.
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Old 09-28-2010, 04:59 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Thanks Jeepster.

Tak-Tak-Tak sound was when I was trying to recharge with my Infiniti I-30 battery (6 month old).
So are you saying that I-30 battery is not strong enough for MDX?

Should I call Acura Road Side and get the car jumped and may be drive for a while and see what happens.

Is there a other way to charge the battery?
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I mean even if you would have the biggest battery on earth to jump start, if the one dead inside the vehicle that won't start is not good anymore, the power of the second one boosting won't be available to crank the engine.

So you should first try to recharge the dead battery, or leave the Infinity battery plugged on the mdx battery, and let the infinity engine run so that the alternator recharge the dead battery for let say 5-10 minute, then after that time you can try to hit the MDX starter to see what will happen, if it won't start with these steps then you might have a depfect battery in the X.

That's what i meant.
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thanks Jeepster

I tried what you said...connect to the battery and let the other car run for a while
IT WORKED and MDX started...took it out for a 40min drive on the highway and hope everything will work now.

Also per bear1906 I changed the actuator and the mirror, Tried playing around with the clips on the small connector but was unable to take it out of the broken actuaror...so I twisted the plastic of old actuator until the connector came out.

30 min total and saved about $250
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