Well, bother.

I thought I had the correct Torx socket to replace the Jeep’s driver door hinges…


…but it turns out I could only remove the mirror. Which ought to be replaced before Ol’ Yeller could be considered street legal, which in turn should indicate its priority level in my mind. Spoiler alert: The priority is very low.


Removing the mirror exposed the real bolts, which require the next larger driver. I have a Torx wrench that size but it’s nothing that’ll break those bolts loose. Dammit – I’m almost tempted to take the door off on Monday, load it in D&L’s truck, and drop it off at the local shop. Somebody with the right socket and an impact wrench could replace those hinges in a twinkling. But what I’ll really do is hit the auto parts store.

Good news is that I have confirmed – story of a once-in-a-lifetime miracle – I did get the correct hinges online. Now I just need the tool to actually remove the old ones.

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6 Responses to Well, bother.

  1. Ben says:

    Murphy strikes yet again!

  2. Norman says:

    Looks like the mirror is fine, except for the glass part and some rust on the support. I doubt you have a glass shop in the local metropolis, maybe in the big city, though, and I’d bet they could scrounge and/or cut something that would approximate the correct size. Sand/wire wheel the rust off the backing plate, clean it with acetone, glop on some RTV, PRESTO! a legal mirror. Maybe a metal Boy Scout-type mirror would work well enough to pass muster.

  3. Mike says:

    For Want of a Nail…

  4. R says:

    The !ast decade has produced amazingly good codeless impact drivers that are far superior to cordless drills for fastener installation/removal. Surely one of the friendly gulch neighbors has one.

  5. Joel says:

    There’s nothing wrong with the mounts or housings at all, and that same site lists just the mirror glass. So I’ll keep that in mind if I decide to fix them. They’ve been broken since before I moved here, so no rush.

To the stake with the heretic!