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Posted: 02/23/20 02:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good day all,

Need to remove my drivers side Ramco mirror in order to repair the mounting.

I have removed the bolt on the bottom under the cover and the mirror wont budge.

I contacted Ramco and they said soak it with WD 40 and hit it with a rubber hammer in several places below the first knuckle. I have been doing this twice a day for 3 days.

Still no movement

Any other ideas?


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Posted: 02/23/20 02:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Get a bigger hammer....Dennis


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Only sissies use rubber hammers.


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Posted: 02/23/20 03:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am guessing these are the instructions from Remco!

Removal of Arm from Mounting Bracket

1. Locate cap with Ramco logo on bottom of mount covering (shroud) and remove using a small flat-head screwdriver. This will expose the bolt that attaches the arm to the mount. 2. Using a 9/16” socket, remove the bolt. 3. Once the bolt is removed, lift the arm out of the mounting bracket. If the arm does not come out easily, use a rubber mallet and tap on the bottom of the arm to loosen it. 4. Once the arm has been removed, disconnect the wire harness. If there is not a quick disconnect, the wire will have to be cut. Be sure to allow enough slack in the wire so when reconnecting there will be enough wire to work with. (Allow about 4-6” out of mounting bracket and 3-4” out of arm.

I would get something other then WD-40. Need something like Liquid Wrench. It needs to break aluminum oxidation.


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I would get something other then WD-40. Need something like Liquid Wrench. It needs to break aluminum oxidation.


Thank you very much. Simple enough to try !

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What I do is loosen the large bolt under the mirror. Then I put a nut inside a socket with an extender on it. The nut inside forces the socket to sit on the bolt head not the mirror. Then I smack the extender with a hammer, and for me, the mirror pops up. Then I just remove the bolt, and lift out the mirror and unplug the electrical connections.

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PB Blaster is the best thing I've ever used to to break things loose other than heat. You could try heating it up as much as you dare and soaking it with PB Blaster right away. That seems to draw the penetrant in better. Backing it up with one larger hammer while hitting the other side might help.


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A product called Freeze Off super cools the bolt. Follow this with heat and cool again. I have gotten parts loose using this method. Another option.


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I have NEVER had a mirror gaul(freeze) to the mount. I will bet the OP has NOT loosened the allen wrench adjustment screws on the side of the pivot. THOSE will not allow the mirror to release when the bolt is removed. Doug

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Those adjustment screws are hidden behind plugs so they're often overlooked....Dennis

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