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    What do you call this mirror thingamajig??

    In the process of fixing my passenger rear view mirror from not working up and down, I broke the the plastic piece that connects the glass to the motor mechanism that moves the mirror. Everything was going great until I tried popping the glass back on, it wasn't lined up perfectly and broke the little plastic rod inside of the piece. Does anyone know what the part is called, a part number or how to easily find one? I attached a picture of what I'm talking about.
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    It's not available separately, not sure what the actual name of it is. Salvage yard time.

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    Re: What do you call this mirror thingamajig??

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    ....Does anyone know what the part is called, a part number or how to easily find one?
    Name or part # is not going to help you. The only parts source will be used parts yards. The good news is any Seville from 1998 to 2004 and any Deville from 2000 to 2005 will have the same pieces and there is no difference left to right.

    They might want you to buy the entire glass to get the drive shafts.

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    Re: What do you call this mirror thingamajig??

    Thanks! I was kind of figuring I would have to buy the whole mirror to get the piece. I guess I'll start looking for a broken mirror to find the piece, or find a boneyard one.

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    Re: What do you call this mirror thingamajig??

    The mirror is moved up/down, left & right on 4 ball & sockets. The sockets are on the mirror back plate. The balls are part of the housing. As mentioned, yours is broken and a non serviceable part. That said, if it is a nice clean break you might get away with a JB Weld repair.

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    Re: What do you call this mirror thingamajig??

    The mirror attaches to the motor (for movement) and to the sensors (for feed back).
    This piece you broke is (I believe) one of the connecting rods for the sensors.

    This is why many people report mirror making a clicking sound past a certain position, is the gear inside the motor movement skipping a tooth. That is because when the mirror was attached the sensors (some of the connecting rods) were not installed so the mirror moves but not the sensor thus the MMM doesn't know when is at the end of the movement.

    Probably the only source for this part is a wrecking yard. Possibly other GM vehicles (outside the Cadillac range) may have this rod too.

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    Re: What do you call this mirror thingamajig??

    The problem is now the mirror only moves outwards and not inwards. I wish I didn't loose the little plastic shaft inside of the cylinder of the drive shaft piece, or I would try gluing it. Too bad most junk yards seem to pull off the mirrors before they go out to the yard for resale. The only reason I took it off is because it didn't go up and down. That part snapped in, but I misaligned the left/right motion. The previous owner should have just left it alone! Any tips to reinstalling it when I do find the right part?

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    Re: What do you call this mirror thingamajig??

    Any tips to reinstalling it when I do find the right part?
    I assume you mean the entire mirror assembly? You'll have to remove door panel. After that it should be self evident.

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    Re: What do you call this mirror thingamajig??

    I meant the mirror glass to the mirror housing. It's tough to line up the drive shafts and the 3 other ball sockets so things don't break.

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    Re: What do you call this mirror thingamajig??

    The only tip I can give is to cut a piece of plywood or 2x4 to press it in with. Cut the wood to size so that it presses on the glass frame as opposed to the glass. It's the glass that usually gets broken as opposed to what you broke. Maybe a little lube on the balls so they self align and slip in a little easier is the only tip I can think of.

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    Re: What do you call this mirror thingamajig??

    I didn't think of using some lube, thanks!

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