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Old 04-15-2011, 12:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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07 Camry Auto dimming rearview mirror

Hi All - Longtime reader first time poster

I have an 07 Camry SE V6 with auto dimming rear and side view mirrors that just stopped working. I've checked the fuses and everything is ok - any suggestions on where to look next?
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Old 05-29-2011, 10:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have the same issue. Should I just replace it with a salvaged on? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have the same issue. Should I just replace it with a salvaged on? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Bump - anyone ever had this issue? and got it fixed?

Please help
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Don't know how I missed this, but I moved your thread to the Gen5/6 forum so you'll have a better chance of getting some advice.
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Could be that the mirror went bad, the sensor could be dirty or maybe it's not receiving any power (check this with a multimeter). Doesn't the OEM one have a light that lights up when it's on?

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Old 05-30-2012, 02:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Could be that the mirror went bad, the sensor could be dirty or maybe it's not receiving any power (check this with a multimeter). Doesn't the OEM one have a light that lights up when it's on?
Thanks for the response. To answer your question - yes there is a green LED that is lit when the "Auto" button is pushed to the on position. The compass on the mirror works as well but at night
(or even in a dark garage with a flash light shinning into the sensor) the rear and side view mirrors won't dim.

Any thoughts?
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Old 05-30-2012, 04:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I've never heard of the side mirrors dimming? I'd say if the green light is lit, your auto-dimming mirror is working maybe it's just difficult to notice.
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Maybe getting a picture with a camera? While it won't be great, we should be able to tell if it's working or not.

For now, just take a q-tip (with a tad bit of water maybe?) and clean off the sensor. It may just have something covering it up.
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Thanks for the response. To answer your question - yes there is a green LED that is lit when the "Auto" button is pushed to the on position. The compass on the mirror works as well but at night
(or even in a dark garage with a flash light shinning into the sensor) the rear and side view mirrors won't dim.

Any thoughts?
It works like this;
The sensor facing the windshield is the day/night sensor.
When it is dark on the front sensor, the rear sensor is turned on. Then any bright light from behind hits the hidden rear (faces toward the back window through the mirrors glass) sensor will turn on the EC dimming function.

(As a test, cover the front sensor with black tape, there is some time delay from bright light to dim light and back, to compensate for underpasses and so on.)

The two outside mirrors on both Camry's I drove and the rentals, did not have that outside mirror dimming function, they were an ordinary mirror, sorry. (You might have that option on the CE, IDK, my XLE don't.) I didn't see any wiring in the wiring diagrams for either the gen 6 or 6.5...
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Just as a side note, does anyone know where to get EC outside mirrors, or maybe just the glass that will fit an 02 Camry. I know the inside mirror has the leads for this.
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does the XLE have the outer auto-dimming mirrors?
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does the XLE have the outer auto-dimming mirrors?
No

My XLE only has 2 wires in the plug, power and ground. The Gentek mirror I put in the 07 LE I had, was wired for driving outside mirrors, but I couldn't find any to install.

The Gen 6 and Gen 6.5 is not factory wired for outside EC mirrors.
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The auto dimming rear view mirror was an aftermarket item sold by Toyota dealers but also available on eBay and Amazon. This is the first time I have ever heard of auto dimming side mirrors, so either they don't exist or if they do, again they were an aftermarket thing. I can assure you that they were not an option in 07 in the Gulf State region.
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Neither my '06 or '07 XLE has side dimming mirrors, never heard of such an option.

As far as testing the rear view mirror, there is a little eye on the mirror facing the rear, you can shine a light in there or put your thumb over it and see the mirror change.
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If anyone is interested, I have an OEM Auto Dim mirror for sale that came off of a 2011 Camry Se. $100 shipped! PM me if interested!
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