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Aliens tried to steal my mirror

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Dbitter1, Feb 19, 2016.

  1. Dbitter1

    Dbitter1 Journeyman Member

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    Ok, looking for some reassurance I am not crazy here.

    Out doing some errands, everything seems fine... get on the highway to come home, decide I need to be in the right lane, so look to see if the lane is clear, and... my passenger outside mirror is hanging from its perch. No earthly idea how, I'm positive I didn't hit anything.

    When I stopped I looked at it very carefully... it intricately locks into the base, and oddly enough I was able to re-insert it by turning it all the way towards the car (as if they auto-folded), and carefully rotating it back. It now works fine- fold in and out, and adjusts in all four directions.

    The really strange part is that the car has a good deal of road salt dust on it (thanks, Chicago winters) and there were NO indications anything touched it, and positively nothing that would hit it with enough force to knock it out of its perch (that would have left a mark!). My finger prints from re-inserting it were the only thing on it.

    Has anyone else ever had their mirror just... fall out ?
     
  2. Rockster

    Rockster Active Member

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    It's totally aliens, dude. They've progressed from dissecting cows to to dissecting Teslas.
     
  3. DMC-Orangeville

    DMC-Orangeville 85D and John Deere 5100E

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    Any crop circles on your paint?
     
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    They couldn't find a tail-pipe to probe, so they had to go in through another place.
     
  5. Barry

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    Sorry, but yes you are crazy. Feel free to get a second opinion :smile:
     
  6. Az_Rael

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    LOL, funny thread! On a semi-related note, I had a Lexus that had a similar problem. The mirrors would just all of a sudden be flapping loose even when the car had been in the garage and I hadn't hit anything. Took it to the dealer, they insisted I MUST have hit something. Even paid $400 to buy a new one and reinstall it myself.

    Turns out they were installed on the spring that provides the snap-back feature with a very wimpy compression nut that would back off over time letting the mirror go. I disassembled a broken one and replaced the nut (and then improved the design with a cotter key to prevent it from happening again).

    Moral of the story is its possible something vibrated loose causing the mirror to come off and you might not be crazy. Or aliens, that's possible too. :smile:
     
  7. SabrToothSqrl

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    Those oil execs are sneaky bastards....
     
  8. DougH

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    Made In America!
     
  9. mobe

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    I talked to a friend of the cousin who knows the yard guy that does Bob Lutz's yard. She's pretty sure he said he overheard Bob talking about a new plan to short tesla stock by randomly knocking mirrors loose on the model S.
     
  10. Cyclone

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    My mother's IS has done that to both mirrors. I'm have tempted to drill through a small screw to give the spring something serious to hold onto.
     

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