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Retractable wing mirrors

On my UK t180 I have electric wing mirrors which have a interior switch to retract them when you park up. My question is can the wing mirrors be programmed to retract when you turn off the ignition?
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What exactly is a retractable wing mirror? I have never heard of this before
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What exactly is a retractable wing mirror? I have never heard of this before
It's the same thing as ours, only powered. Ours will fold relatively flat if pushed to the rear, but we have to do it by hand. It facilitates parking in tight spaces or really narrow garage entrances.

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I used to have these on my Isuzu Trooper. I had to collapse them when I worked next to San Diego bay……the sea gulls would use the mirror as a perch, creating a big mess! I can see where it would be nice to have them collapse after turning the ignition off, but I don’t know how to do it....sorry.
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Some thoughts:

- The button only works when the ignition is on (which is quite annoying when you forget it and have to turn the ignition back on to fold the mirrors back), so my guess is that it is only powered by ignition sense. This might be a problem (or chance depending on the wiring nearby) if you want to modify the thing as you want or as I might prefer it: when I lock the car.

- The button has two "mechanical positions" - pushed in for "folded mirrors" and not pushed in for "normal mirror position". Probably no biggy, but I am no expert.

- Ask your Toyota dealer and the mechanic there what he thinks.
 
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I have been searching for a similar solution. But I want it the way it is on the Mitsubishi. when you use the "lock-button" on the remote - and presses it two times - the mirrors activate. By using this solution you will have the options to close them with the remote or leave them out - which will be an advantage when winther is here and mirrors might have frozen.

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Please do. I would like the same option.
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Yes me too!!
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Hmm....I've never done this to park. I actually folded them in on one of my other cars before taking it through the car wash.

Why would you need to fold them in to park? You have to save some space to actually open the door to get out of the car, so what do the mirrors matter? Or am I missing something here?
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If you park in a narrow street, folding in the mirror can save you from a busted mirror. Alot of other countries with narrow streets ahve this feature on their high end cars.
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