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Old 08-18-2010, 04:27 PM   #1
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Rust/brown spots in side mirrors?

i notice in some of the 2004-2005 acura tl, there are brown/rust spots in the side mirrors? is this common? is there a fix or something to prevent it from getting bigger?

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it's actually not rust, but the tint film (light blue for the mirrors) burning because of the side mirror heaters being left on when there's no snow on it!
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Yeah, I have them...

Mine are pretty bad.

Bought the car with it.
I have never used the heated mirror feature anywho.

I don't feel like shelling out $100 to replace the mirrors right now heheh



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wonder if that's the same thing as having it on the rear bumper of a wdp
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i notice in some of the 2004-2005 acura tl, there are brown/rust spots in the side mirrors? is this common? is there a fix...
IIRC, there is a Technical Service Bulletin on this; remedy is replacement of mirrors.
If you're out of warranty, it may be a goodwill issue.
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Yeah, I have them...

Mine are pretty bad.

Bought the car with it.
I have never used the heated mirror feature anywho.

I don't feel like shelling out $100 to replace the mirrors right now heheh



holy crap thats bad. I could not bear to look at that everyday, just use your credit card and get new ones already. good thing my car was used in FL before i got it.
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my left side mirror has the same thing..mine is 07 base..i think i am just gonna go to dealer and ask for replacement since my car is still under warranty.
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wow i have forgot to turn of my heater a few times, but luckily i have never had anything like this
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Old 08-18-2010, 09:07 PM   #10
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I got the same issue. Mine is located on the driver side couple of spots. Glad I am reading this but I doubt I hardly ever use the side mirror heater but def. good info to know after buying my car couple of weeks ago

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i see....good to know. mine is not too bad right now, so i'll make sure to keep it off. thanks for the info
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Sir who posted those pics: fix that...
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Someone find me a good deal on the mirror glasses.
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^^^ Damn guitarplayer, I've never seen that before. That would drive me CRAZY lol
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dash cracking unexpectedly, mirror heaters burning the glass off, whats next....I thought Acuras were reliable
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dash cracking unexpectedly, mirror heaters burning the glass off, whats next....I thought Acuras were reliable
Or we can have the "prize winning" priuses that go off and kill people, Ill stick with the ACURAs. Also, isn't that a hazard to not have vision? I am sure they will goodwill the $20 piece of glass.
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I am planning on getting my driver side replaced under the 12mos/12k mile warranty. I bought the car as a CPO
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The glass is $35ea man... Under $80 shipped from acuraoemparts.com. Just be like Nike and DO IT!

Actually order from Acura of Reno and get free shipping on small items...
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Shipping and taxes might as well be $50 to Ontario.

I'm going to Buffalo on Sunday.
Any dealers open on Sunday?
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Throw a pair of Multivex mirrors on top of the factory ones and be done with it- much better than OEM.
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The glass is $35ea man... Under $80 shipped from acuraoemparts.com. Just be like Nike and DO IT!

Actually order from Acura of Reno and get free shipping on small items...
This.

I just replaced both of mine on my '06, but mine was barely noticable.
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I bought the mirrors myself from Acura and replaced them, took about 10 - 20 mins, took my time with the first one since I never tried this before. It's really rather simple and can be done yourself. I tried to take pics of the actual tab that you need to place the screwdriver in to, I'll see if I can dig them up. Seriously though, they were like $35 at the dealership in Brampton and they had them in stock...get those fixed!
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So this effects all 3Gs? Is there a new part number so that people are not buying the same defective part?
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I bought the mirrors myself from Acura and replaced them, took about 10 - 20 mins, took my time with the first one since I never tried this before. It's really rather simple and can be done yourself. I tried to take pics of the actual tab that you need to place the screwdriver in to, I'll see if I can dig them up. Seriously though, they were like $35 at the dealership in Brampton and they had them in stock...get those fixed!
I emailed Acura 2000 (Brampton) and they qouted me $50 each!

Maybe I'll pop in the dealership and talk to them.
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04 TL w/ 75K..same shiz..passenger side. and the mirror motor is like Fawked up as well. When I place my gear in reverse, sometimes the mirror hesitates, moves and then gets stuck.
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So this effects all 3Gs? Is there a new part number so that people are not buying the same defective part?
It's from leaving your mirror heaters on for long periods of time, i.e after it's done its job of melting the ice/snow.
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I am replacing mine soon just ordered through the estore fast delivery to the dealership and cheaper compare to what the dealer parts dept charges. Also, ordered the rear a/c vents assembly since one of my vents sliders had broken off I guess cheap plastics. since I have the CPO contract, the only parts are covered under my 12 mos 12k bumper to bumper is like my HFL unit and the passenger side motor mount unfortunately my rust spot side mirrors or the rear vents are not covered
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IIRC, there is a Technical Service Bulletin on this; remedy is replacement of mirrors.
If you're out of warranty, it may be a goodwill issue.
Does anyone know where the TSB is for this mirror problem? it is not on the list of TSB's in the 3G Garage?

And I can say that in my case this is not caused by leaving the mirror heaters on because in San Diego I do not even use them except perhaps one day a year
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LMAO wtf we have a button to control the heat on our mirrors?
where is it lol?
I have a small burn on my right side mirror
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I just bought my car about 45 days ago and both of my mirrors have that brown spot, but its not only on the glass but on the paint too. but only on both mirrors??? is this caused from the heaters too.
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I'm bringing this back because I've been intending on replacing the mirrors due to the same brown spots.

Can someone provide a link to the TSB or the TSB number??
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For those of you asking about those brown spots on the paint, it looks like you both have WDP. I'd get a claybar kit from Autozone and try that.
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There is a brown spot in the middle of the mirror.. seem to be inside.. I dont have mirrors heaters so that cant be the cause...
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Is there a DIY for this?

Is there a DIY for this? My driver side mirror has the brown burn. I'm thinking of getting the mirrors and replacing them myself on my 05 WDP TL.
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Is there a DIY for this? My driver side mirror has the brown burn. I'm thinking of getting the mirrors and replacing them myself on my 05 WDP TL.
Search for it. I've seen it posted before...I'm going to be ordering replacement mirrors for mine soon.
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Dam mine are the same way prob gonna buy some. Is there a DIY on here lol don't wanna brake anything ha ha
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Why replace your mirror glass when you could just slap these on instead?:

www.multivexmirrors.com
www.multivexmirror.net/Results.asp?keywords=acura&category=0&secondary=0& Submit=Search
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Mirror Disintegration

I disagree with leaving the heaters on...the heaters don't get that hot anyway. I had a 2003 Accord EX...(no heater mirror option available)....and my passenger side mirror did the exact same thing while the car was still under warranty. They replaced it.

Now this month my TL has begun doing the same thing.....identical spotting about 1" in from the upper corner. However on its the driver's side on the TL.

I live in LA so it shouldn't be from extreme temperatures....all I can think of is that it is from some sort of chemical from car washes or something...and I do wash my car once a week.
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My 2004 TL has never been in a car wash and has been in Florida since new. I have never intentionally used mirror heaters.

But I have the infamous brown spots on both mirrors.

In addition, I have something happening on the inside rear-view mirror that looks like a clear liquid melting across the top for about a half inch. It almost looks like it is de-laminating or has water trapped under the glass. Doubt it is water because it gets pretty hot in there and water would have evaporated.

After seven and a half years, if this and the broken cup holder cover are the only problems I have, I won't complain.
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