Inside Rear View Mirror Removal and Replacement

Improper technique can break the mirror glass or permanently damage the ball socket

This is a big problem and can create a lot of frustration. It is not as easy as it may first appear. We see so many damaged rear view mirrors that we know most owners do not know how to properly remove and replace it.  Replacing it is actually the hardest part. If you have a broken mirror or a floppy mirror bracket the best way to fix it is to remove it and replace it with a new or good used mirror. You could get new mirror glass at a glass shop but a loose ball socket is almost impossible to repair. In his on demand video instruction Kent explains how the mirror mount works and his personal favorite trick to getting the mirror back on quickly. This procedure applies to all models with spring mounted inside mirrors from 1962 to 1995. These include  190D 200D 200 220 220SE 230 230SL 250SL 280SL 250S 250SE 280S 280SE 300SE 300SEL 250 250C 280 280C  220D 240D 300D 300CD 300TD 280E 280CE 350SE 450SE 450SEL 280S 280SE 300SD 380SE 380SEL 500SEL 420SEL 560SEL 300SE 300SEL 300SDL 350SDL 190E 260E 300E 300CE 300TE 400E 500E E320 E300D 300SL and 500SL.

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Problem & Solution

Common among these chassis:

R107
W108 W109
W110 W111 W112 Sedan
W111 W112 Coupe
W113
W114
W115
W116
W123
W124
W126
W201