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Well today I finally picked up my new to me 2001 SLK 320 and what a nice car. But in driving it home I noted something strange with the rear view mirror. The lower half was dark or shaded and the top was clear with no shading. In fact it looked kind of like a welding helmet that was not turned on. In reading the owners manual apparently it's an auto darkening mirror. I got a real bright LED light to shine on the photo cell and nothing happened. I then attempted to check the fuses and could not find one that was open. Any idea's what's going on with this mirror? It certainly acts like it's not powered up but I really don't know how it's supposed to look.

Thanks for your help.

Lisa
 

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Well I guess I'm the only one that has RVM dimming issues. In a simple google search I discovered that they call my issue the "lava lamp appearance". Thankfully my is not leaking too. But again from an exhaustive search of google the fix is apparently find another mirror on Ebay or go to the dealer and bit the bullet and spend the big bucks. If I can overcome this mirror issue I'll be good to go with a perfect car now.
 

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Same issue when I got my 320.
The least expensive way is to get a manual RVM from another car, in my case, a dodge van
you need to also have the button that gets glued to the windshield
remove the original RVM from the SLK by twisting it clockwise ? or the other way
remove the connector and hide
Glue the button under the old mount to the windshield noting the proper position
Mount and tighten the replacement mirror
Also for some more $, apparently the Chrysler Missfire, eh, sorry, Crossfire RVM will mount on the original SLK mount

good luck
 

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@Mslisaj sometimes it takes a while for a detailed reply.
This is because it is not run by paid employees.
We are just a bunch of folk owning these cars that share help and info.

Members do not check in daily and may not read a thread for a week or more.

Don't forget our search feature.
https://www.slkworld.com/new-members-introduce-yourself-here/138769-tips-searching.html

Rear view mirror gives http://www.slkworld.com/gtsearch.php?q=rear view mirror
There are companies your side of the pond that refurb, or you send yours in and get another back to save waiting.

WARNING! The liquid inside the mirror is very caustic. Should it leak it is not good for you or your SLK.
 

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Premium Member 2005 SLK55 AMG; 2005 SLK350
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There is a us company that can repair the fault you are seeing. It cost me $100 a few years ago..
 

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There is a us company that can repair the fault you are seeing. It cost me $100 a few years ago..

@Mslisaj Here is the info related to having your mirror rebuilt.

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I have a quick update on this topic.

This is the 2nd time I have to replace my rear view mirror. The first was 9 years ago. Donnelly, the company that makes the mirror and housing for Mercedes was bought out my Magna Mirrors and no longer handles repairing the oem mirror. You now have to go through

Sybesma’s Electronics
581 Ottawa Ave
Ste 100
Holland, MI 49423
800-456-4265

They are located several miles away from Magma Mirrors and will get the parts from them. You have to mail in your mirror and then they will repair it in 3-5 business days and mail it back with a new mirror that uses the newer auto-dimming technology so we shouldn't have the Lava effect when the replacement goes bad. The cost of the repair is $105 USD.
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Dear Carl Beck,
Thanks so much for the information. Definitely the way to go with a new mirror from the folks that repair them. This is such a nice car I want to keep it original. Can't wait to see what the mirror is supposed to look like.
Thanks for your help here.

Regards,
Lisa
 

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Dear Carl Beck,
Thanks so much for the information. Definitely the way to go with a new mirror from the folks that repair them. This is such a nice car I want to keep it original. Can't wait to see what the mirror is supposed to look like.
Thanks for your help here.

Regards,
Lisa
Lisa, posted thanks are fleeting. They fade away when the thread fades away. For thanks that last for the life of the member (and reminds everyone), use the "Thanks" button at the bottom of the post made by the person that helped you :wink: .

 

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@Mslisaj Hi Lisa - glad to help. If you do not know how to remove the mirror - I put an article on my web site with instructions and pictures that should help. (in case you didn't find it elsewhere on here) See: M/B SLK Rear View Mirror Replacement

Carl B.
Hi Carl B. And thank you for the information. I did find instructions and got the mirror off and sent it out already. I'm having it repaired. I was a little timid about turning it as it took some force and I was worried about breaking the glass but it came off successfully. BTW, I only pulled the inner screws on the visors as it loosed the trim panel enough to slip the wire through.
Again thank you for taking your time to respond and great pictures. If I saw that first I would have been more confident about twisting the mirror off. But I got it done.

Best regards,

Lisa
 

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@Mslisaj Here is the info related to having your mirror rebuilt.

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I have a quick update on this topic.

This is the 2nd time I have to replace my rear view mirror. The first was 9 years ago. Donnelly, the company that makes the mirror and housing for Mercedes was bought out my Magna Mirrors and no longer handles repairing the oem mirror. You now have to go through

Sybesma’s Electronics
581 Ottawa Ave
Ste 100
Holland, MI 49423
800-456-4265

They are located several miles away from Magma Mirrors and will get the parts from them. You have to mail in your mirror and then they will repair it in 3-5 business days and mail it back with a new mirror that uses the newer auto-dimming technology so we shouldn't have the Lava effect when the replacement goes bad. The cost of the repair is $105 USD.
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I am catching up having been away for most of July and would recommend this company if they still do them. They did one for me back in 2014.
That said, the current car does not have the auto dimming mirror and I don't miss it. The manual dimming is quick, easy and needs no TLC
 
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