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Old 06-11-2013, 03:09 PM   #1
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Can Chevy foldable mirrors be tightened?

2006 Chevy 1/2 ton. Has the fold-in mirrors, black plastic outside, bubble looking. Look like this:
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When towing the new TT home last week, put on Walmart mirror extensions. My regular mirrors are apparently so loose that the wind blew them every few seconds to the fully folded-in position!!!

I know this can surely be done at the dealer, or a shop, but is there a way I can easily tighten these mirrors so they don't blow in? I took those extensions back and got some better ones, slide on.......but I think I'll have the same problem as long as my regular mirrors are so loose.

Ideas?
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Old 06-11-2013, 03:31 PM   #2
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2006 Chevy 1/2 ton. Has the fold-in mirrors, black plastic outside, bubble looking. Look like this:
1999-2007 Chevy Silverado Side View Mirrors - CIPA 27376 - CIPA Replacement Side View Mirrors

When towing the new TT home last week, put on Walmart mirror extensions. My regular mirrors are apparently so loose that the wind blew them every few seconds to the fully folded-in position!!!

I know this can surely be done at the dealer, or a shop, but is there a way I can easily tighten these mirrors so they don't blow in? I took those extensions back and got some better ones, slide on.......but I think I'll have the same problem as long as my regular mirrors are so loose.

Ideas?
Yes if I remember correctly the mirror has to come off to do it.
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I would recommend just doing this....

2005 silverado towing mirror install.
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Old 06-11-2013, 04:23 PM   #4
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Isn't there a plastic triangle shape cover on the inside door across from ac dash vent that you pop off and it exposes three hex bolts that you can tighten mirror down?
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Isn't there a plastic triangle shape cover on the inside door across from ac dash vent that you pop off and it exposes three hex bolts that you can tighten mirror down?
OP said it was the folding mechanism that was loose from what I gathered, not the mirror mount itself.
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Isn't there a plastic triangle shape cover on the inside door across from ac dash vent that you pop off and it exposes three hex bolts that you can tighten mirror down?
I don't believe triangle piece will allow you to access the tension if it has one....
Can't remember.
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OP said it was the folding mechanism that was loose from what I gathered, not the mirror mount itself.
I was pretty sure I seen a tensioner in my oem mirrors when I swapped them for the towing mirrors.
But as I said I can't remember.

There may be no tension adjustment and mirror replacements are in order.
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I was pretty sure I seen a tensioner in my oem mirrors when I swapped them for the towing mirrors.
But as I said I can't remember.

There may be no tension adjustment and mirror replacements are in order.
I've got a like new set for sale cheap that I took off when I put on factory power extend tow mirrors 4 yrs ago.
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Took it to a body shop I know. They said these are not able to be tightened that way. They have plastic teeth/gears and those are stripped. Have to be replaced.

So I ordered the replacement retractable ones.

This thing is costing me a mint!!!!!
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Took it to a body shop I know. They said these are not able to be tightened that way. They have plastic teeth/gears and those are stripped. Have to be replaced.

So I ordered the replacement retractable ones.

This thing is costing me a mint!!!!!
Like the ones I linked to ?
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