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Hey everyone,

I just discovered the driver door rear view mirror on my 99 sts is way loose.

Loose at the point where the mount meets the door panel.

I am hoping I can come in thru the inside somehow and torque it up.

Before I yank and pull the interior cover (near the forward part of the window), I am hoping someone can give me a tip as to how to do this correctly. Basically a "driver door rear view mirror mount take apart" lesson would be hugely appreciated ... And a big thank you in advance!!
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Be there, done that. The drivers door panel has to come off to get to the three bolts...sorry. I am at work and don't have my FSM handy, but as I recall there are one or two screws at the bottom of the panel and a couple of bolts behind the plastic piece behind the door handle. I think there may be a bolt where the door pull is too, covered by a velcro-attached piece of leather.
 

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The door trim panel is attached by 4 screws; one at the bottom rear, one behind a plastic panel behind the release handle, and two behind the leather flap behind the door pull.

Have the lock knob in the down position and gently tug on the perimeter of the panel to release the tension of 4 or 5 plastic/nylon guidepins and lift the panel slightly to remove. There is one electrical connector and one flexible metal cable to release.

The interior cover is attached with a series of plastic fasteners. Push the center of the fastener IN approx. 3/16" to unlock so you can remove the fasteners.

Any other pieces you have to remove will be obvious. If the wire harness is in the way, just pull all the connectors to make room. The connectors are all indexed and cannot be installed in the wrong place.

Three studs on the mirror housing have 10mm nuts on the inside.

The job is almost easier to do than to describe.
 

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Before taking the door panel off try to remove the little door speaker in the pillar. Mine just popped off with a putty knife and I was able to tighen my mirror that way when it was loose, just as yours is.
 

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Before taking the door panel off try to remove the little door speaker in the pillar. Mine just popped off with a putty knife and I was able to tighen my mirror that way when it was loose, just as yours is.
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I did the same thing and I was able to get to three screws and fix my problem.
 

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Big thanks to all replies.

I am wondering if some caddys shipped with different speaker configs since my pillars are solid, I just have a lower door speaker and a "corner" dash speaker. It's a Bose system so maybe that's the diff? Or maybe they did it different for some years?

I must admit, I was hoping the pillar was the way in.

I'm gonna go at the door panel. I haven't removed the cover behind the door latch yet, I did do the velcro and the lower edge screws.

It feels like the panel is still attached toward the front?
 

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The Bose systems that are standard on the STS don't have a small speaker near the mirror like the base Delco stereo does. The posters above have SLS cars with the base stereo.
 

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According to the 99 FSM you must remove the door trim panel and the door frame garnish molding to get to the 3 nuts that hold it on. Double check for attachment screws, your's may be stuck on a stubborn clip or another secret screw that Cadillac engineers love.
 

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So clocking in at just less than 24 hours since my original post and I'm stylin' with my rear view nice and snug!!

Again thank you all. There is just something about car problems for me, such a drag and such a feeling of helplessness. And what a great feeling once all is right.

Now I'm onto 2 more issues I need to snug up.

1. My passenger door woofer crackling again (This will be the 3rd replace)

and this wonderful journey (for those interested) ...

2. A parasitic leak in my electrical - guess what I do EVERYTIME I park my car? Disconnect my battery. Oh the irony! anti-luxury!

Here's the story ...
http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/electrical-technical-information/14592-99-sts-dashboard-problems-please-help.html
 

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So clocking in at just less than 24 hours since my original post and I'm stylin' with my rear view nice and snug!!

Again thank you all. There is just something about car problems for me, such a drag and such a feeling of helplessness. And what a great feeling once all is right.

Now I'm onto 2 more issues I need to snug up.

1. My passenger door woofer crackling again (This will be the 3rd replace)

and this wonderful journey (for those interested) ...

2. A parasitic leak in my electrical - guess what I do EVERYTIME I park my car? Disconnect my battery. Oh the irony! anti-luxury!

Here's the story ...
http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/electrical-technical-information/14592-99-sts-dashboard-problems-please-help.html
Temp solution to batt problem might be a quick disconnect gadget from Harbor Freight. I don't know if you put it on positive or neg side.
 

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From reading through your thread:

Did you replace the battery?

There is another diagnostic proceedure that involves pulling fuses to see what circuit is sucking your battery dead. You can put an ammeter on the battery and pull individual fuses to determine what circuit is drawing too much or try pulling individual fuses each time you park - but it takes a long time to pull, wait, pull, wait...
 
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