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      12-18-2017, 11:10 AM   #1
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Side Wing Mirror Folding Motor Repair

Hi

I have a 2013 328 and the driver's side mirror motor (used for folding) stopped working.

A few observations:

There is no motor sound during folding process (passenger side works normally though)
Mirror tilting works - so issue appears to be limited to mirror folding

I can't find detailed info that explains whether this is a repairable issue or if there is a motor replacement required. And if so, how to go about it.

Hoping someone has had similar experience and can point me in the right direction?

Thank you.
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      12-18-2017, 09:38 PM   #2
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Mine failed while under warranty, but the mirror tilt was also not working. They tried cleaning the contacts but ended up replacing the assembly.

Is yours out of warranty? Shouldn't be too hard to troubleshoot, but I don't know if they sell the individual parts or just the assembly.
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      12-19-2017, 03:09 PM   #3
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Thanks jsouth

Looks like it it was frozen in closed position.

We had a warmer day today and it's working now. Car is just over 5 yrs old so assumed the worst. Should have known better, it's a bimmer after all

I had even sprayed de-icer but it didn't hit the spot I guess.

For others experiencing this in winter, assume it is likely stuck due to icing and manually fold it to open position (didn't hurt mine doing so)
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      12-20-2017, 10:37 AM   #4
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I'm glad you didn't have to replace -- IIRC the part was well over $500US.
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      02-11-2018, 11:19 AM   #5
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Isnít this the exact reason that the mirrors donít autofold when you lock the car as overnight they may freeze? Iím in uk and we donít really get the extremes of elsewhere but if it looks like the morning will be below then I donít fold my mirrors in.
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      02-12-2018, 05:48 AM   #6
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Isnít this the exact reason that the mirrors donít autofold when you lock the car as overnight they may freeze? Iím in uk and we donít really get the extremes of elsewhere but if it looks like the morning will be below then I donít fold my mirrors in.
I have my mirrors set to auto-fold upon lock - using CA I have to hold my finger on handle a leetle longer to get them to auto fold after lock/alarm. If I just touch the sensor - car alarms & locks only

So if I know there is going to be heavy snow or ice, I don't allow them to auto fold
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      02-14-2018, 09:11 AM   #7
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Yes, mine is similar, donít have CA but if I press and hold the lock button on the fob the mirrors will fold.
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I just coded the auto-fold/unfold with lock/unlock feature, and then got to thinking after the fact that maybe I am just setting myself up for excess wear and a failure sooner... I think I need to increase the delay so I can have more control over it for only when I absolutely need it because right now it does it right away.
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Hi, please excuse the newbie post.

I have a F30 320d ED 2012 (UK).

The driver's side mirror motor has stopped folding the mirror back, while the passenger side mirror continues to fold up.

The mirror angle adjustment on the drivers mirror doesn't work either whereas it does work on the passenger side.

It sounds like an electrical (fuse) problem to me, although looking at the fuse map, it suggests that only one fuse (22) is involved for both mirrors.

Any thoughts please? Thanks in advance.
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Hi, please excuse the newbie post.

I have a F30 320d ED 2012 (UK).

The driver's side mirror motor has stopped folding the mirror back, while the passenger side mirror continues to fold up.

The mirror angle adjustment on the drivers mirror doesn't work either whereas it does work on the passenger side.

It sounds like an electrical (fuse) problem to me, although looking at the fuse map, it suggests that only one fuse (22) is involved for both mirrors.

Any thoughts please? Thanks in advance.
hey man did you get yours sorted?
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      07-31-2018, 12:28 PM   #11
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Hi, please excuse the newbie post.

I have a F30 320d ED 2012 (UK).

The driver's side mirror motor has stopped folding the mirror back, while the passenger side mirror continues to fold up.

The mirror angle adjustment on the drivers mirror doesn't work either whereas it does work on the passenger side.

It sounds like an electrical (fuse) problem to me, although looking at the fuse map, it suggests that only one fuse (22) is involved for both mirrors.

Any thoughts please? Thanks in advance.
That was exactly the failure mode of mine. Entire mirror unit was replaced under warranty.
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      08-07-2018, 03:06 PM   #12
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f30 328i side mirror issue

Hi everyone,

My passenger side mirror stopped folding and unfolding. This happened one day after i had it coded to fold/unfold using key fob.

I do hear the motor grinding and I have gotten it to work sometimes by moving the mirror and it seemed to "latch" but only worked once and now refuses to fold/unfold.

I am a complete noob so i apologize for this
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      08-11-2018, 12:03 PM   #13
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Donít know to be honest but it does sound like a tooth or teeth on a cog used to fold/unfold the mirror has/have broken off. Knowing BMW itíll be need a new mirror?
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From recent experience I'd advise you to disable it I had mine coded for auto folding for about a month or so. The weather and constant unlocks and locks with no delay caused my passenger motor to go out. Now I'll be needing to replace the whole housing, since opening it to replace a motor is almost impossible, at least for me. I tried it and ended up breaking the mirror and disassembling the motor is tricky.
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