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Haynes’ World: Skoda Yeti gets a mirror fix

Haynes World Skoda Yeti

Haynes' World is a regular feature that takes a look at what the staff at Haynes are doing with their cars, bikes and other vehicles. This time, Euan Doig has an update on his Yeti and its wobbly door mirror glass.

Skoda Yeti

Car: Skoda Yeti

Owner: Euan Doig

When I bought my Yeti back in September, I was pretty chuffed that I’d managed to find such a low-mileage example. Not often do you find a 10-year-old car with just 27,500 miles showing, so I was pleased with my good fortune.

However, that mileage has already climbed to 34,000 because my elderly father had a fall in November and so I’ve spent much of the past two months trawling several hundred miles up and down the M6.

Still, apart from the rapidly rising number on the odometer, you wouldn’t know it, because the Yeti still feels as tight and rattle-free as the day I picked it up. It has given me complete peace of mind during a busy couple of months.

That calmness is at least partly down to the fact that after getting the car I gave it a complete service, with new oil and filter, new plugs and three new wiper blades. It’s running properly sweetly now.

Door mirror glass

Wing mirror replacement or repair?

The only other piece of maintenance I’ve had to carry out was to the wobbly passenger-side door mirror. This is quite a common issue with heated mirrors, because the constant heating up and cooling down has an adverse effect on the adhesive that attaches the mirror glass to the motorised plastic mount inside the mirror housing.

It’s best to fix it sooner rather than later, because not only is it difficult to see anything behind using a trembling mirror, but it will also get to the stage where the glass will simply fall off. 

Fix mirror glass

It’s such an easy thing to do. Indeed, it’s a job covered in most Haynes manuals. All I had to do was adjust the mirror so that I could insert a trim removal tool behind it, then I prised the mirror mount out of the housing. I then unplugged the electrical connectors, before putting fresh adhesive behind the mirror glass.

After that, it was just a case of reattaching the wiring connectors and pressing everything back into place. Hey presto, no more wobble.