98-04 Seville SLS/STS left mirror coming loose
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    98-04 Seville SLS/STS left mirror coming loose

    Hi everyone,

    The drivers mirrors on my 01 SLS is beginning to separate from the door. I believe it to be as simple as the nuts that thread onto the three mounting studs have come loose over the years somehow, and I'd like to gain access to them to see if thats the case, and tighten them up.

    My question is, how do I remove the plastic garnish molding from the door? I have a service manual, and it says the molding needs to be removed, but it doesn't say how its removed. I don't know if it slides on and off, or if it needs to be pried off with a screwdriver. I'd like to get a definitive answer before I go ahead and mess with it.

    Anyone have a photo or two possibly of the removal/reinstallation process?

    FYI-its not the lens housing thats separating, its the housing base that mounts to the door thats coming off...

    Thanks!!

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    Re: 98-04 Seville SLS/STS left mirror coming loose

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    I am an idiot
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    That's not a last gen Seville door panel, not even close. There are no hooks, and the garnish molding is not part of it.

    The door panel has to be removed first. There is one removable clip at the front, near the mirror. The rest of the mding needs to be pulled off of the door frame, the lips are not visible. You can probably get to all 3 bolts with a wrench, by just removing the front clip, and pulling the garnish away slightly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amunderdog
    My question is, how do I remove the plastic garnish molding from the door?

    the plastic garnish molding is part of the door panel
    That's a 92-97 door panel. No doubt in my mind. Totally different panel on 98-04.

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    Re: 98-04 Seville SLS/STS left mirror coming loose

    MC is right on the 99 sls we had the drivers side mirrors bolts would come loose over a few thousand miles no idea why... but we just bent the garnish trim back and used a wrench and tightened the three bolts

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    Some medium strength thread locker might be a good idea then.

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    Re: 98-04 Seville SLS/STS left mirror coming loose

    For who ever is interested on the gen IV ('92-'97) the black triangular trin covering the side mirror bolts is attached to the door panel.
    By bending the plastic piece away a bit to gain access to the nuts (enough for a wrench) you may break it loose from the door panel.
    The way is attached is using 2 holes on the trim piece and the door panel side has 2 plastic protrusions witch go into these holes then are melted down forming some kind of a plastic rivet.
    The actual trim is attached to the door by a white "Christmas three" clip that may be reused at most 2 times, after that it kind of not holding the trim properly (you may get a small gap).
    In a gen IV Seville I am yet to hear of a loose mirror.

    One possible solution to prevent the nut from backing up is using a lockwasher.

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