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    Preventing power mirrors from rusting siezed: 2001 STS

    Having owned many cars with power side mirrors, I realize they eventually rust and sieze. On my old Toronado I could push on the mirror to tilt it out, and then spray oil on the cables.

    I have a 2001 STS and the mirrors don't seem to tilt (I didn't apply a lot of force)...is there a ways to lubricate the cables? (Or are the mirror motors in the mirror housing?)

    Just trying to avoid an expensive repair as my STS is now 12 years old...

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    Re: Preventing power mirrors from rusting siezed: 2001 STS

    Motor behind the glass.

    Manually tilt the mirror glass inward toward the door; grab the glass with fingers and pull it off the actuator. From here on, use the GM service manual steps to replace the actuator/glass.

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    There are no cables, no metal to rust and seize at all. Sealed electric motors, and plastic worm drive gearing covered by rubber boots. Don't worry about lubrication.

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    Re: Preventing power mirrors from rusting siezed: 2001 STS

    I've never had a power mirror stop working and I have 25 years worth of cars with them from the big 3. Cable operated ones, now that's a different story, they like sticking a bit when they get old.
    If the power ones do have problems, they are plentiful at wreckers.

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