: Minor Cadillac Tragedy



Cadillac Giovanni
03-01-07, 12:00 PM
Will this really burns me up! I haven't driven my car since monday, and last night i went out, and half a mile down the road, i looked in my driver side mirror, and noticed that it was adjusted all the way down for some reason. Further inspection revealed that not only was it tilted down, it was cracked, and the motor was no longer functional.

What a pain! Someone or something has assaulted my mirror. The car is parked out front on the street, but it's a rural road, with not much traffic. It has to be a precise hit, because there is no damage to the surrounding area. Something hit just the mirror glass and broke it.

So now i need some advice. Would it be easier to just change out the whole mirror assembly, motor included? My maintenence manual says the only way to remove old mirror glass it to break it, which sounds a little...barbaric.

Also, does anyone have a brougham they're parting out? Guess what i'd like...

Benzilla
03-01-07, 02:02 PM
Go on eBay and get the whole mirror. There's always a couple on there in nice condition for nothing.

1990CaddyBrougham
03-01-07, 09:42 PM
im parting a few cars...
I can have one shipped to your door in the USA for $17.00

Cadillac Giovanni
03-01-07, 10:06 PM
That's fine, thanks, i found one at a local pick n' pull for 20. I'm just reluctant to pull that door panel again, because i've done it a million times, and the last time i closed it up i swore i would never go back in...

brougham_geezer
03-01-07, 11:40 PM
1990CaddyBrougham: Just a question, but since you're parting out some cars, how much woulld you charge for the left rear chrome bumper extension (fin that the tail light fits into) to fit my '80 brougham with a rusted portion? Thanks again sir!

- Josh Noiles, Nova Scotia Canada

(ps i tried to send a private message but your box is full)

SolidGoldCaddy
03-03-07, 06:36 PM
you also may be able to just take the power motor out of the donor and use the shell over so you dont have to paint anything.

Cadillac Giovanni
03-04-07, 11:08 PM
I don't have to paint anything anyway. The mirrors are all chrome. I think taking the motor out is more trouble than it's worth, and like i've said, my cadillac service manual says to take the mirror glass out, you have to break it.

Benzilla
03-04-07, 11:14 PM
Hey, that reminds me, how the hell do you take a door panel off? I need to get the driver's side panel off my '79 CDV to find a small rattle, but I must be missing something. Does the armrest have to come off first? I got all the clips around the edges off, then I'm stumped.

cadillac_al
03-05-07, 11:10 AM
Hey Benzilla, my coupe is snowed in right now but usually those GM cars had a couple screws at each end of the door strap. I can't remember if it's a strap or handle, but if it's a handle then there are 2 screws there. Sometimes there is a couple screws in the arm rest and sometimes there is a hidden screw in the door handle area or a light near the door handle. I usually go slow if it seems like it is still hooked in the middle area somewhere.

Cadillac Giovanni
03-05-07, 01:25 PM
I know the whole process on my 89 Brougham, I've done it so many times, i bet i could do it in my sleep. First there are a pair of screws hidden under the door handle, the one that you pull on to close the door, one on each side. Then there are a pair in the opening lever as well. The light cover can be popped out with a flathead screwdriver. Now if you look up under the armrest where the light assembly and door lever used to be, there are two screws securing the control panel. Take those out, and pop the control panel out by pulling it towards you. There are two clips holding it to the door panel in the back. They're metal, so they shouldn't break. Now there should be two more screws in the door that were hidden by the control panel, take those out and that should be it. To lift the door panel off, you need to give it a good firm whack inward at the center of the top. There's a built in clip mechanism that keeps it in there. Gently lift the door panel, and make sure you have something to rest it on so you don't put any strain on the wires connected to the control panel.

We don't have the exact same car, but I'd imagine the process is pretty close to what I've described.

Benzilla
03-06-07, 10:28 PM
Thanks guys, I forgot to mention the two screws under the doorstrap. I took those out too so I guess I was almost there. I'll try again tomorrow.

Benzilla
03-10-07, 03:05 PM
It worked, I really was almost there the first time I tried. Rattle fixed. Thanks :)