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Planning to install a camera or 2 at the bottom of the passengers side main mirror. 2 questions, is there room to drill a quarter sized hole in the bottom of the mirror housing without damaging anything. Or does anyone know how to get the mirror apart.

 

Volvo was not much help.

 

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Roger,

 

The mirror back part has tabs that lock into slots and these will break off if not very careful. If you can, place the mirror in the full down position with your control then slip a long screw driver down to disengage the locking tab on the top of the mirror attachment. Then the mirror should slide upwards out of the tray. The linked instructions don't really show the locking tab but it is there. If you can get the mirror out then you can undo the tabs on the back plate easily. I ended up having to buy a whole new front and back assembly as the wind snapped off 3/4 of my tabs. About $125 total.

http://www.lang-mekra.com/pdf/service/service-manual-472.pdf

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Here's some photos of my passenger mirror chrome piece that you might mount a small camera. My chrome piece is plastic and think I'd use a my Weller soldering iron to melt a hole versus drilling.

 

Removed mirrors first by sliding up if I recall. Once the mirrors are off (last pic), you have access to the tabs on chrome piece.

 

 

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Yeah Jim, those tabs you show in pic #2 is what break off easily so removing the mirror first is almost mandatory. In your pic #3 the actuator shows the slots the mirror fits into but mine had a locking tab on the top on the mirror side to lock it into the slots. Did yours?

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Yeah Jim, those tabs you show in pic #2 is what break off easily so removing the mirror first is almost mandatory. In your pic #3 the actuator shows the slots the mirror fits into but mine had a locking tab on the top on the mirror side to lock it into the slots. Did yours?

 

Carl,

 

On our 2009, the sides of the two mirrors have four tabs which slide into matching slot/tabs on the actuator assembly. Next two pictures show the backside of the two mirrors with the four tabs on each side.

 

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Jim,

 

Mine looks the same. The black tab that the two green wires ran behind actually locked my mirror into place and I had to depress it to get my mirror to slide out. When I slid it back in using the 4 tabs it snapped locked. That's why mine was a PITA. The mirror instructions I posted above just show firm pressure on the bottom side of the mirror while sliding it upward and doesn't show releasing that tab. Yours may have come out with just pressure.

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Rolling down I-95 today when the bottom convex mirror broke loose from the big upper part. It was hanging by the heater wire banging against the door. I had to power down the window and grab hold of it with my left hand until I could get off the Interstate. All I could do is cut the wire and put the mirror inside the truck. Looking at it both screws sheared completely off. Guess I'll need to follow above instructions to go inside and try to put new screws in. This time they will be SS. Fortunately I still have a good left side view with the fender convex mirrors - can still see the blind spot. Anyone else ever have this happen?

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Rolling down I-95 today when the bottom convex mirror broke loose from the big upper part. It was hanging by the heater wire banging against the door. I had to power down the window and grab hold of it with my left hand until I could get off the Interstate. All I could do is cut the wire and put the mirror inside the truck. Looking at it both screws sheared completely off. Guess I'll need to follow above instructions to go inside and try to put new screws in. This time they will be SS. Fortunately I still have a good left side view with the fender convex mirrors - can still see the blind spot. Anyone else ever have this happen?

Randy,

 

When my back cover let loose on the way to Albuquerque the mirrors were flopping around. I was afraid they were going to let loose also. Finally got pulled over and thank goodness for Gorilla Tape.

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SuiteSuccess, on 28 Dec 2016 - 10:18 AM, said:

Randy,

 

When my back cover let loose on the way to Albuquerque the mirrors were flopping around. I was afraid they were going to let loose also. Finally got pulled over and thank goodness for Gorilla Tape.

 

Carl, does Gorilla Tape come standard with a new Volvo or is it an extra cost option?

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Carl, does Gorilla Tape come standard with a new Volvo or is it an extra cost option?

 

It's not an option from Volvo. You have to go to a Kenworth dealership to buy it :rolleyes: .

Stopped at a Walmart and got one of those fairly large stick-on blind spot mirrors in the RV section. Shucks, I like it better than the piece that fell off! Might just have to putty up the holes in the bottom of the mirror and forget about a replacement.

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