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I've been trying today to replace my passenger side's wing mirror motor gear. I've got to the point where I can access the motor, and I've managed to take out the broken bits of the old wheel. Unfortunately, I'm a bit stuck now as I can't work out a way to remove the silver swirly bit that I've got to put the new wheel onto. It wiggles around a bit but not enough for me to pull it out.

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I also can't see a logical next step in terms of dismantling the motor to get better access. This leads me back to my post title really. Has anyone here successfully managed to swap out an old gear for a new one? If so, would you mind giving me a few pointers as to what to do next?

I appreciate it's a bit of a long shot but thought it was worth asking. Thanks for your time (y).
 

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Interesting! I replaced mine but the whole assembly. Right now, it doesn't swing fully unless I "help" it. The technician said to me last time that usually, it's the gear assembly that is problematic.

I haven't had the chance to dismantle this thing and I'm interested in how will you replace the motor or gear.

Keep us posted. And sorry, my reply is no help at all.
 

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Hi,

I've been trying today to replace my passenger side's wing mirror motor gear. I've got to the point where I can access the motor, and I've managed to take out the broken bits of the old wheel. Unfortunately, I'm a bit stuck now as I can't work out a way to remove the silver swirly bit that I've got to put the new wheel onto. It wiggles around a bit but not enough for me to pull it out.



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I also can't see a logical next step in terms of dismantling the motor to get better access. This leads me back to my post title really. Has anyone here successfully managed to swap out an old gear for a new one? If so, would you mind giving me a few pointers as to what to do next?

I appreciate it's a bit of a long shot but thought it was worth asking. Thanks for your time (y).
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The swirly thing is the "worm" gear. It looks like you have to squeeze the big silver press-on-retainer-ring to get the fingers to let go of the shaft so you can pull that off. Once that's off (and those are usually on-time use things) the rest should come out easy enough. Do you even have replacement gears for it?
 

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The swirly thing is the "worm" gear. It looks like you have to squeeze the big silver press-on-retainer-ring to get the fingers to let go of the shaft so you can pull that off. Once that's off (and those are usually on-time use things) the rest should come out easy enough. Do you even have replacement gears for it?
Thanks for the reply. I never would have thought of squeezing the silver press-on-retainer-ring in a million years, so thank you. I'll give it a whirl in the morning and let you know how I get on.

I've got a replacement metal gear to put on it. The plastic one that was on it originally was in bits when I opened it up, so I'm hoping it will fix the issue.
 

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The swirly thing is the "worm" gear. It looks like you have to squeeze the big silver press-on-retainer-ring to get the fingers to let go of the shaft so you can pull that off. Once that's off (and those are usually on-time use things) the rest should come out easy enough. Do you even have replacement gears for it?
It worked, thank you once again.

For anyone else wondering what to do:

1) Grab another person
2) Grab two flat head screwdrivers and press down either side of the silver press-on-retainer ring to press down the spring
3) At the same time, get the extra person to pry open the gripping teeth of the silver retaining ring using a screwdriver or whatever you can find
4) Be very careful as you get nearly all of the gripping teeth bent outwards because eventually, the spring will fly off.

That's it. Once the spring flew off, there were a couple of metal pieces that just come straight out.

Just repeat the process in reverse to reassemble everything (as in one person press down, the other bend the metal teeth back in).

My mirror is now folding again, and I no longer have to listen to the whirring sound of the motor when driving, so I'm happy.

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It worked, thank you once again.

For anyone else wondering what to do:

1) Grab another person

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I always "grab" my wife and she doesn't like it. I'll surely get the slap if I'll do it to another person.

What did you replace, the gear or motor? Or you just cleaned it?

EDIT: I read again your post. You replaced the gear. Where did you buy it? Do you have a link?
 

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I always "grab" my wife and she doesn't like it. I'll surely get the slap if I'll do it to another person.

What did you replace, the gear or motor? Or you just cleaned it?

EDIT: I read again your post. You replaced the gear. Where did you buy it? Do you have a link?
Haha, yeah, maybe only grab a friend or relative.

I got it from AliExpress. This is the one I got: 5.99US $ |Metal 30/48 Teeth Side View Mirror Motor Gear For Mazda M3 M5 Cx7 M8 Cx-5 Mazda 6 Iron Gj - Cables, Adapters & Sockets - AliExpress

I don't know if it's still the cheapest price on there as I brought it a few months back so shop around. I'm 99% sure it's the 48 teeth one for my Mazda 6, but just double-check for yours.

This is the broken plastic wheel that it replaced:

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The only other thing I ended up buying was some replacement door clips, so it was a pretty cheap repair all in all.

This was the YouTube vid I mainly followed:


This one might help you as well:

 

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Haha, yeah, maybe only grab a friend or relative.

I got it from AliExpress. This is the one I got: 5.99US $ |Metal 30/48 Teeth Side View Mirror Motor Gear For Mazda M3 M5 Cx7 M8 Cx-5 Mazda 6 Iron Gj - Cables, Adapters & Sockets - AliExpress

I don't know if it's still the cheapest price on there as I brought it a few months back so shop around. I'm 99% sure it's the 48 teeth one for my Mazda 6, but just double-check for yours.

This is the broken plastic wheel that it replaced:

The only other thing I ended up buying was some replacement door clips, so it was a pretty cheap repair all in all.

This was the YouTube vid I mainly followed:

This one might help you as well:
Don't know why but I needed to approve your post for some reason. Was away for a bit so just got to it. Free bump.
 
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