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Old 09-20-2012, 06:54 AM   #1
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Water Stains from mirrors down around hinges

I used to have an 2009 wrangler that had terrible water stains from the mirrors down across the door hinges. I found a thread on here dealing with this issue that had recommended drilling tiny holes under the mirror to allow for quick drainage. This was fine for models without electronics however....

About 2 weeks ago I bought a new 2013 wrangler sahara that has power mirrors and heated mirrors. I'm wondering has Jeep solved this past problem of water stains? Idealy if they have not, I would like to solve this problem before it starts on my new Jeep. The water stains just look horrible on the black paint.

I am apprehensive about drilling the mirrors due to the electronics now incorporated within the mirror.

I know people havent had the 2013 long enough to really know if Jeep has fixed it but any rumors? or anyone with a 2012 that has power options have an hins/tips?

any advice is welcome Tks

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Old 09-20-2012, 07:06 AM   #2
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Power/heated mirrors began with the 2011 MY.

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Old 09-20-2012, 07:14 AM   #3
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I used to have an 2009 wrangler that had terrible water stains from the mirrors down across the door hinges. I found a thread on here dealing with this issue that had recommended drilling tiny holes under the mirror to allow for quick drainage. This was fine for models without electronics however....

About 2 weeks ago I bought a new 2013 wrangler sahara that has power mirrors and heated mirrors. I'm wondering has Jeep solved this past problem of water stains? Idealy if they have not, I would like to solve this problem before it starts on my new Jeep. The water stains just look horrible on the black paint.

I am apprehensive about drilling the mirrors due to the electronics now incorporated within the mirror.

I know people havent had the 2013 long enough to really know if Jeep has fixed it but any rumors? or anyone with a 2012 that has power options have an hins/tips?

any advice is welcome Tks
An ongoing problem, easily fixed...don't even have to remove the mirror. Links below:

Water stains on doors
Mirror drain hole
Mirror mod

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Old 09-20-2012, 07:28 AM   #4
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I've seen these post but i was concerned about the fact that my mirrors are power and heated. Will this drilling effect anything? do i run the risk of hitting anything? Those post don't mention anything about power options. Just wondering if anyone with power mirrors has done this and had any issues. Thanks for your replies!

Like i said its only 2 weeks old so I'm still in that omg be super careful of everything phase :P
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No won't affect. Just be careful when u drill. I have a 2012 arctic with heated and power mirrors. Did mod about 2 weeks after purchase in Feb. Still good.

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Just drill. Won't affect anything. This is my 2012 with all the power goodies.

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Old 09-20-2012, 07:53 AM   #7
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So the one hole is enough to stop the problem?

So happy I can prevent this issue on my new jeep. Used to spend hours detailing my old one to try to get rid of those marks
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So the one hole is enough to stop the problem?

So happy I can prevent this issue on my new jeep. Used to spend hours detailing my old one to try to get rid of those marks
Yes the one hole is enough. Just read thru the links that kbwwolf provided and you will have no problems.
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:25 PM   #9
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I've seen these post but i was concerned about the fact that my mirrors are power and heated. Will this drilling effect anything? do i run the risk of hitting anything? Those post don't mention anything about power options. Just wondering if anyone with power mirrors has done this and had any issues. Thanks for your replies!

Like i said its only 2 weeks old so I'm still in that omg be super careful of everything phase :P
If you drill slow and easy, you'll be fine. If you really wanna make sure you don't drill too deep, use a collar on your drill bit to limit the bit's depth. Should be able to pick one up at any good hardware store.

If not, hit Amazon up for "drill bit collar."

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Just wrap the drill bit with Electrical tape where you want it to stop, 5 or 6 good wraps one right on top of other should do, more if you want, just go slow don’t push too hard and let the drill do the work. The built up layers of tape will stop the drill bit from going too far. when your done just pull off the tape.
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:53 AM   #11
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Thanks fo the advice guys! I'm gonna try to do it tomorrow. I'll let you know how it goes

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