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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 04-09-2015, 08:06 AM Thread Starter
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I had a quick search on here and on Google and can find nothing similar, so I thought I'd post.


On locking the car yesterday both mirrors folded in as normal, but there was a loud clicking noise from the passenger side. I went around to it and it was clear that the motor had not stopped running after the mirror was folded, causing the gears in the mechanism to slip, which caused the loud clicking noise. I left it a while, but it did not stop clicking. I unlocked the car and both mirrors opened just fine - no clicking. Locked again, same issue on the passenger side.


Manually folding the mirrors using the buttons in the car causes the same issue.


I have gone into the car menu and disabled the folding mirrors for now and will have Volvo look at it soon.


Has anyone heard of this happening before? Is there a way of resetting the positions, like you can do on electric windows? Many thanks.
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Theres another thread about where someones auto fold mirrors failed - and they had it replaced under warranty. I think it was the gears failed etc..

I've disabled mine from the auto option - so if I want to fold them its just press both buttons on the armrest when I park up. I figured that whilst its a nice feature - its only a matter of time before they wear out! Is it me or does the motor/gears/etc.. always sound a bit strained when opening or closing?

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Passenger side mirror stopped folding
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Electric folding mirrors usually have a limit switch or position sensor at each end of the folding arc to tell the motor to stop. Presumably the inboard sensor or switch has failed.
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I had a quick search on here and on Google and can find nothing similar, so I thought I'd post.


On locking the car yesterday both mirrors folded in as normal, but there was a loud clicking noise from the passenger side. I went around to it and it was clear that the motor had not stopped running after the mirror was folded, causing the gears in the mechanism to slip, which caused the loud clicking noise. I left it a while, but it did not stop clicking. I unlocked the car and both mirrors opened just fine - no clicking. Locked again, same issue on the passenger side.


Manually folding the mirrors using the buttons in the car causes the same issue.


I have gone into the car menu and disabled the folding mirrors for now and will have Volvo look at it soon.


Has anyone heard of this happening before? Is there a way of resetting the positions, like you can do on electric windows? Many thanks.
My started to do the same exact same thing yesterday. It started with a few slow retractions over the freezing periods during last winter but as the weather warmed up it disappeared. Then over the last 5-6 weeks there was an occasional noisy retraction (never does it when extending) and then yesterday the motor could be heard whirring against the mechanism extremely loudly for at least 30 seconds after the mirror retracted.
I've got it into to the dealers for a warranty repair later this month.

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So it seems to be a more common issue than initially thought :-(. Best take it in and they will replace it under warranty
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Thanks for the replies. I had a service on Saturday and they had a look at it then. They say it needs a new motor (?), and are ordering the part. I'll need to take it in at some point for the repair though. I can't see it being the motor, but maybe the part comes with other parts baked in - like position switches etc. Or would they in reality, just be swapping the whole assembly over? I'll try and find out more when it is done.
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Great let us know how you go on - Mine's in for diagnosis on the 24th

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Thanks for the replies. I had a service on Saturday and they had a look at it then. They say it needs a new motor (?), and are ordering the part. I'll need to take it in at some point for the repair though. I can't see it being the motor, but maybe the part comes with other parts baked in - like position switches etc. Or would they in reality, just be swapping the whole assembly over? I'll try and find out more when it is done.
When i had mine done they said they were swapping out the whole assembly. Had made a mental note to ask more in depth questions but was pressed for time.. They DID mention that they needed to take photos and get approval from Volvo before continuing with the fix so that would indicate to me that Volvo know about the issue

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Yes, the mirrors come as an assembly, the only motor that comes as a separate part is the actuator that moves the glass itself.
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I had a quick search on here and on Google and can find nothing similar, so I thought I'd post.


On locking the car yesterday both mirrors folded in as normal, but there was a loud clicking noise from the passenger side. I went around to it and it was clear that the motor had not stopped running after the mirror was folded, causing the gears in the mechanism to slip, which caused the loud clicking noise. I left it a while, but it did not stop clicking. I unlocked the car and both mirrors opened just fine - no clicking. Locked again, same issue on the passenger side.


Manually folding the mirrors using the buttons in the car causes the same issue.


I have gone into the car menu and disabled the folding mirrors for now and will have Volvo look at it soon.


Has anyone heard of this happening before? Is there a way of resetting the positions, like you can do on electric windows? Many thanks.
This happened to me this very morning. Assuming you're in the UK, it was the same side of the car as mine, as my misbehaving mirror was on the driver's door. I have a service coming up next week, so I'll get them to look at it then.
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