A few weeks ago, as I came back to the border, just as I entered Reynosa from the West, the outside mirror on my side blew back. Something went broke inside that sucker. When I stopped fast, it flipped to the front. Until I got to my home in North McAllen, when I needed that mirror for example for a lane change, I had to reach out with my hand and hold the mirror in place. Sigh.
When I got a chance, I took silicon and pasted that sucker in the correct position. Then, I ordered a replacement mirror from Rock Auto. I assumed it was without heat, because I never saw any signs of mirror heating. The unheated mirror was only $40 plus shipping.
When it came, my clever SIL started taking the door trim off. When we got it down to the brass tacks, we realized the plug was not correct for the unheated mirror. Instead of putting the door liner and trim back on while ordering another mirror, we left it off, with the switches flopping beside me.
I ordered a heated mirror, and this time we knew what the plug was supposed to look like. The OEM heated mirror was nearly $100.
Today, the mirror had been delivered. So, when my SIL got home, we started in on it. Alas, when we got the old one out and went to install the new one, the stud thingie on the new one was broken all to heck.
We explored all our options. I want out of here and back home early next week, and had no intention of waiting for a third replacement mirror. After some thought, he dug out his J.B. Weld and put it on that broken piece. It has to sit all night to cure, so we put the broken-glued one back on and tomorrow I will see if the safety inspector will pass it with a silicon-ed mirror. He is a sport photographer and Friday night is football night, but he will put the Welded one on Saturday.
As we finished up our temporary fix, it came over me. If we had not been in idiot mode, we could have un-pinned the plug on the broken mirror, and put the unheated mirror on the car using the plug from the original mirror, and it would have worked perfectly. Sigh! (My SIL says one can insert a pin in the plug holes, and that will allow the contact to be removed and put in the other one.)
In the process of examining things, my SIL realized that the connectors for the mirror heaters were not connected at all. Apparently, when Gus from the glass repair place, replaced the glass for that mirror several years ago, (the car was parked on the street in our capitol city and someone hit it, either pedestrian or bicyclist) he never bothered to plug them in again.
I will take the $40 unheated one with me, in case it gets thumped again. It’s all paid for, and I am sure there is someone clever enough to swap the plugs as we should have done in the first place if the new mirror gets broken.