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Mirror internal support breaking

My driver-side mirror's internal support has now broken twice, any suggestions on what to do?

This is the part I am talking about:


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Yo Fitzy,
I don't see it listed as a stocked part.

Source is 96 Bronco Workshop Manual, partial

Also see Parts Catalog 92-96 Bronco (Partial) by Ford
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My best thought is that aut9matedcar washers brushes or "towels" sometimes exert too much force on the mirrors thus closing them or the force someuow affects the support.

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That's an integral part of the mirror and not separately available.

That part does tend to fail on aftermarket replicas of the original mirrors. Have you been replacing them with new aftermarket units?
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Snag one from an OEM mirror at the junkyard. They last about 10 years or so, or until you smack the mirror on a tree or mailbox


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Snag one from an OEM mirror at the junkyard. They last about 10 years or so, or until you smack the mirror on a tree or mailbox
Haha already done that, and it broke again. Maybe I'm slamming the door too hard

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Haha already done that, and it broke again. Maybe I'm slamming the door too hard
You must be doing something lol. While they are a problem area with these mirrors, they shouldn't be snapping THAT often.


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Yo,
More crack😎


"...mirror head always cracks here since the REAR shell is what's attached to the pivot tube, and the front shell is only attached at a couple of sonic weld points...
...The pivot tube is swaged together after installing the stack on the mirror head. When the head turns, it applies side force to the balls, and some corner force to the top plate. The 3 spring washers above the plate hold pressure on the balls, and the one below holds the plastic mirror head against the black steel plate..."
See more about mirrors @ 1983 Ford Bronco Side Mirrors pictures, videos, and sounds | SuperMotors.net by Steve

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Yo,
More crack😎


"...mirror head always cracks here since the REAR shell is what's attached to the pivot tube, and the front shell is only attached at a couple of sonic weld points...
...The pivot tube is swaged together after installing the stack on the mirror head. When the head turns, it applies side force to the balls, and some corner force to the top plate. The 3 spring washers above the plate hold pressure on the balls, and the one below holds the plastic mirror head against the black steel plate..."
See more about mirrors @ 1983 Ford Bronco Side Mirrors pictures, videos, and sounds | SuperMotors.net by Steve
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I'm not sure what you're doing..I've smashed and bashed mine again all kinds of things..replaced the passenger side with an aftermarket manual deal that didn't quite fit right, but the drivers side is still going strong.
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I'm not sure what you're doing..I've smashed and bashed mine again all kinds of things..replaced the passenger side with an aftermarket manual deal that didn't quite fit right, but the drivers side is still going strong.
Yeah I blame myself 100% . Oh well, part costs like $3 at a JY.

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Yeah I blame myself 100% . Oh well, part costs like $3 at a JY.
Yo Fitzy,
Ask for a discount.😎
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