Ducato long arm mirror folds in on M/way

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  1. GAVLAD

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    Hi
    Has anyone had any experiences of thei Ducato long arm mirrors folding inwards when on the motorway or driving into a head-wind?

    If so, what was the fix?
    Was it an easy job?

    Looking at the mirror arms, they may have plastic trim which at some point can be prized off? - is it a case of taking this off and then just tightening the fixing bolts?

    Any ideas as I can't be winding the window down whilst driving to push the arm out every time it happens.
    Cheers!
     
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    Go slower.
     
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    Yes ... ours is a Peugeot (2010) but the same as Fiat.
    My driver's mirror used to fold in above about 55mph .... it was still under warranty at the time and the dealer said there was no adjustment (which I find hard to believe) so they replaced the whole unit.
     
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    I'm also interested in any answers to this as I had this happen to me for the first time last weekend driving down from the Lakes. The weather was pretty bad with very high winds and I think a combination of these plus motorway speeds overcame the tension in the arm.

    From a bit of digging on the internet the general view seems to be that they aren't repairable and Fiat recommend complete replacement, they would say that though :whistle:. As a temporary repair I've pushed a small piece of rubber between the mirror arm and the plastic door bracket and this has done the trick for now but a permanent repair would be better. It would be nice to see how the arm hinge is tensioned, as if there is a bolt or nut that can be tightened up from underneath then it would be worth the risk trying to remove the lower cover.

    Watching with interest...
     
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    I've had the same problem, they are not adjustable, & there is nothing to tighten on the pivot.
    I did eventually manage to get the covers off the arm but the the pivot is just spring loaded & held together with a "star washer" type retainer(can't remember the proper name for them).
     
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    Hmmm, that's annoying. Did you manage to remove the arm covers without destroying them, any tips?
     
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    Last van had the long arm mirrors they never folded in but they always moved a bit, and it is correct there is no adjustment only remedy is replacement & the replacements could be just as bad. When designed I doubt if extra long arms for wide Motorhomes was ever considered.
     
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    I've just asked the dealer that I bought it from in January, what the fix is and if it's covered under their premium warranty which I paid extra for. Will advise as/when they reply.
    I'll be pi**ed off if not as its only the second trip out!
     
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    Happened to me also. I temporarily solved it on the way home by cutting a wedge out of a wine bottle cork, and taping it in. That, of course meant drinking the wine (the night before I might add). To be more helpful, I sourced a genuine replacement from an eBay seller - wingmirrorsrus1. About £175, but still much, much cheaper than a Fiat Dealer. Fairly easy to fit.

    Oh, and I can confirm, they aren't adjustable.
     
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    Yes our drivers side mirror was pushed back by wind.

    Discovered while away in France. used string to hold in place for journey back.

    Took it to Ford & Slater and it was replaced in it's entirety under warranty.

    Under the removable panel at the bottom is a star clip (I don't know the right word) something pushed over a shaft that then grab and stops it from being removed. So i don't think you can get in that way.

    If it's not under warranty you could try introducing something between the hinge points (dental flos perhaps?) until the gap is filled and gains a little more friction?
     
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    of course you could try knocking the "star washer" further onto the shaft with a suitable sized socket.

    It might work
     
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    No, they clip into each other, after I discovered I could not solve the problem I superglued the cover back together.
     
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    No it's not missing you are looking at a reflection in the glass.
    EDIT and now you've edited your post mine makes no sense.

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    Yes I edited the post!

    What no glass? How's that?
     
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    Lots of information from everyone, thanks. I want to avoid buying a new one so will investigate this star washer otherwise my bit of rubber will be staying for now as it's virtually invisible.
     
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    @Johnnyb or anyone else , did you ever find a way to tighten up the wing mirror ?
     
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    I was told there was no way to tighten the arm so was replaced under warranty.
     
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