Today whilst I was trying to park my 2004 VW Passat B5.5, I noticed that something to do with my wing mirrors wasn't working quite right. When the toggle was on the left position, the left wing mirror would move as expected. When the toggle was on the right position (see picture), the right mirror would also move as expected. However, whenever the right mirror moves, the left one also moves in the same direction!

wing mirror controls

How do I get this control on my car to function properly?

  • If you turn the knob so it's not pointing at R or L, does the L mirror still move?
    – JPhi1618
    Commented Jan 18, 2016 at 17:12
  • No, in the middle position neither mirrors move as expected. Commented Jan 18, 2016 at 17:15
  • I would suggest you need a new knob. Please remember to input the make/model/year of your vehicle. Please see this Meta post. Commented Jan 18, 2016 at 17:18
  • @Paulster2 Good point! Added that in. Commented Jan 18, 2016 at 17:28

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Definitely a knackered switch. The knob probably switches the common earth for the motors in each mirror so it looks like it's earthing both mirrors when it's in the R position. Like @Paulster2 said, you need a new switch. Try and find a service manual (there's usually PDFs floating around on the Internet) so you've got instructions for getting the door card out (if required) and, more importantly, putting everything back together again.


I owned a similar generation golf and I believe this is the intended function, I think it even mentions it in the manual somewhere. Not sure why they did it but you just have to remember to adjust the side that moves both first.

  • No I'm sorry but I don't believe that is correct. R and L should correspond to right and left respectively. Also, it used to be fine and has only just started having this issue. Commented Jan 18, 2016 at 22:40
  • On my tablet so can't link to all results but check a few of these google.co.uk/…
    – BadAtMaths
    Commented Jan 18, 2016 at 22:44
  • That's some f'ed up design... On my Getz the central locking only works from the driver's door lock but that's 'cos it's marketed for cheapskates. Commented Jan 19, 2016 at 9:01

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