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Auto fold mirrors?

Some jackass broke my driver's side mirror 2 nights ago while my truck was parked on the street. Shame on me for forgetting to fold my mirrors in. I'm curious if there's a way to make the power folding mirrors to fold in automatically when the key is off or maybe when the doors are locked with the keyfob or similar?

I did a quick search but didn't find anything, maybe using the wrong words.

In addition, anyone got a good power telescoping and power folding mirror they want to sell?

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From what I have seen on the Forscan Forums, no one has found a way for this to work. sounds like there are some extra sensors that the Lincolns have to allow them to utilize the power fold when vehicle is off. Good luck though, would be a nice addition for parking lots.



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Search your local Craigslist. I've seen a few sets for sale when hunting down stuff.

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We did it on a 2018 for a buddy. Required alot of wiring. Here are the basics-

Pull your mirror controls apart. Make sure your fold button is momentary.

figure out which wire is 12v power with the key on(lets call this wire A)

Find a wire or run one from battery that is constant 12v with key off. Make sure this wire is fused. (wire B)

Then figure out which wire gets power when you hit the button to fold mirrors(wire C)

Get a relay, any relay that has pin 87a(normally closed)

Find a 12v ignition circuit (wire A works well for this when we did it. WIRE MUST ONLY HAVE POWER WHEN KEY IS ON. WHEN YOU GO TO START WIRE MUST LOSE POWER)

The input side of the relay needs a ground, and wire B for constant power(normally pin 30 and 31)

Pin 15 needs to be hooked to wire A

Pin 87A (normally closed) needs to be hooked to wire C.

When wired this way, there will be power on wire c when the truck is off. We found no problems with this. Has been 2 months and still no issues, or battery drain. We ran a 2 amp fuse for safety.

When truck is running, there will be no power on wire C. Your mirror should function with the button as always.

When truck is running, mirrors are out, the relay will be open, no power on wire c. Shut truck off, relay should close, send power down wire c and fold mirrors.
When you start the truck, key will cycle past the run position, which will open the relay, and as soon as you go to start position, relay will close and mirrors will open. After returning to run position, relay will be open, No power on wire C.

This worked for us. Not sure if it will work on your year range of truck. Also not sure of wire colors for your year. Hence why i used letters for the wires. We obviously used a 2amp fuse so that it would blow quickly if something was wrong. It took us hours. But we were learning as we went. I know its not ideal to have power on that wire when truck is off. But like i said, in our situation it has not affected anything yet.

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What would make this better, in my opinion, would be adding a time delay circuit to the mirror retraction. Adjustable time delay from 5 to 15 minutes would be ideal in my simple thoughts. This would prevent the mirrors retracting if you stopped for a short break, store visit, etc. And should you forget to retract the mirrors, the time delay would expire and automatically retract the mirrors.


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personally, i would want them to power fold in the second i took the key out and left the vehicle. they cost $1400 and are the size of a billboard. the chances of them getting damaged in the convenience store parking lot in 5 minutes is prob higher than parking it for days at the airport ...

regarding your busted mirror - show pics of it. What all is broken ?

have you contact about their metal replacement gears and motors for those units ? they also have spare mirror parts, they sold me a cap a while back that was used but in good shape. I was able to fix my mirror and it saved me a ridiculous sum of cash. Look in the Ford Trucks section on, its the 1st item
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out of curiosity, has anyone tried to vinyl wrap the mirrors ? I was contemplating vinyl wrap on my truck since there are some areas of badly damaged paint. But i wonder if these mirrors would not be able to be wrapped ?
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