DIY: Fix a Loose EK Civic Rearview Mirror

It seems that the “loose / floppy” mirror on the 1996-2000 Honda Civic is a common issue.

Out of the two EK Civics I’ve owned, they both had some very floppy mirrors. Which whenever I would hit a little bump in the road, the mirror would swing down.

I thought I would post a quick little DIY on how to fix this issue. This is a very easy fix and can be done for free assuming you have some hand tools.

You’ll need a whopping:

  • Small Flat Head Screwdriver (or something to pry with)
  • A Phillips Screwdriver
  • A Torx T20 bit
  • Pliers (preferably two)

First you start by popping the rear view mirror base cover off. Carefully with either a flat head or a none scoring interior tool.

Please excuse the Broadway mirror on my coworkers Civic!

This will reveal the three phillips screws attaching the mirror to the car. Remove these, obviously they’re going to fall into the dark abyss below your seats. Try and prevent this.

Now with the mirror removed from the car, you will find a small black cover. Pop this guy off. You should now be able to see a Torx T20 screw holding down the “tension spring”

If you don’t have a Torx often times you can stuff a flat head in there and make it work.

Using your T20 Torx, remove this screw, and separate the tension spring from the mirror.

You will now bend the metal tab to increase it’s tension. You want to bend the section of metal where the screw passes through upward, that way as you tighten down the Torx screw it squishes down on the pivot joint more.

Excuse the blurry picture, but you can see what you’re looking for. I bent this one quite a bit, to give it a lot of tension, as this is in my coworkers track car!

Now reassemble everything.

Congratulations, you can now drive without having to adjust your mirror every block.

Donor Engine Coming Together!

After ripping apart the 1998 Civic HX Donor car, I’ve managed to pull the following parts out of it for the 4 Door car.

  • D15Y5 Engine
  • Transmission
  • Axles
  • Shift Linkage
  • ECU
  • Engine Wiring Harness (likely not going to getting used)
  • Headlights
  • Hood
  • Brake Caliper
  • Center Console
  • Interior Pieces

With the engine out of the car, I’ve decided to replace just about any component that could leak, or fail, or would be easier to do with the engine out.

Once I got the engine out, I noticed an oil leak from the rear main seal.

From there I decided to do the following:

  • Timing Belt Kit
  • Water pump
  • Thermostat
  • Rear Main Seal
  • Oil Pan Gasket
  • Valve cover gasket
  • Valve adjustment
  • Clutch Kit
  • Flywheel
  • Spark Plugs
  • Radiator hoses
  • Heater Hoses
  • Bypass hose
  • Fuel Filter
  • Battery
  • Starter
  • Poly Shifter Bushings
  • Radiator

Building a New Daily

Although I adore the Mercedes, sometimes it can be a bit frustrating on longer commutes. Seeing that I don’t enjoy taking the car over 60mph on the highway, getting anywhere quickly isn’t a thing. Plus it is time for the ol girl to get some love.

Long story short, my coworker has a little collection of Honda’s. He used to daily drive a B18b swapped EK Sedan, after getting a new TSX he no longer drove it. He gave the car to his brother, who daily drove it as well, until he suffered from Kidney failure. Now thate he is on dialysis, and the car is too harsh on him.

My coworker asked me one day if I wanted to buy the car, for a good deal too. At the time I didn’t have the funds for it, and instead he offered his close friend the parts off of it for a nice low price of $1,000. The car was now a shell.

One day he offered me the shell for free, and of course I accepted it with the image of a cheap daily driver project.

Here she is, a 1997 Honda Civic; no engine, transmission, missing a headlight, and with a broken crappy hood.

After hunting Craigslist for a couple of weeks, finally this 1998 Honda Civic HX (boring VTEC) popped up for sale. The car was hit by a truck while it was parked and totaled the thing. Supposedly the drivetrain was completely intact and drove.

We met up with the guy the following morning, drove it around the block, and $300 later we had an Engine, Transmission, Axles, Wiring, ECU, and various body components.

We drove it back to my shop, and immediately started pulling it apart. With the help of my coworker (the Honda whisperer) he walked me through the way of the Honda D-Series lol.

After putting together a list of everything I should preventative replace on the donor engine, I hoped on RockAuto and spent another $300 for just about everything you would need to replace on one of these simple little D16Y5’s.