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Thread: How To: Hook up 1990's Nissan Altima Mirror Switch

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    How To: Hook up 1990's Nissan Altima Mirror Switch

    So after several hours of horking around with a late 90''s Honda switch (because IMHO it looked a lot better being square), I decided to go with a Nissan switch that fit the stock opening much better. Also, the point I reached with the Honda switch, I had some odd behavior that I felt would have needed a relay to work out.

    So here is the Nissan install:

    IMG_20170722_222100.jpg IMG_20170806_130816.jpg IMG_20170722_222838.jpg

    I need to put a shim in the back to make it sit more flush, but for now, it's in and works. Here's the wire codes incase anyone else wants to make the swap:

    Delorean | Nissan
    -------------------------------
    Wh/Brn \
    > Pur/Wht
    Wh/pur /
    Wh/Grn > Blk/Rd
    White > Yel/Rd
    Wh/Blu > Blu/Blk
    Wh/Red > Yel/Blk

    In case it's not clear, the White/Brown and White/purple on the Delorean harness get tied together and attached to the Pur/White on the Nissan side.

    When ordering one of these on eBay, get one with the harness (wire dongle). You should be able to find this for under $10.

    Also, some of these switches have controls for heated mirrors. They'd probably still work, but just avoid them as the wire color codes are different than what I have above.

    -Rick

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    That's a great alternative

    and extra points for using the "How To" section correctly
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    Just ordered one to try out! Thanks!
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    How about a photo of the back of the mirror switch? My colors are different.
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    Here’s the stock wiring diagram. I just need to know what wire is in what position on the Nissan switch.

    Stock switch:
    positive: light green
    negative: black
    WhiteBrown switches polarity Left and Right
    WhitePurple switches polarity Up and Down
    WhiteGreen: Left Mirror Up Down
    White: Left Mirror Side Side
    WhiteBlue: Right Up DOWN
    WhiteRed: RIGHT Side Side

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    Senior Member Patrick C's Avatar
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    What stock wires are these pins connected to on your car, Rick?
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    Patrick - I have slightly different pinouts it seems. I'll attach a couple photos.

    On the one side I have (reading L to R looking at it): Yel/red, Yel/Blk, Blu/Red, Blu
    Flip it over and now (L to R) Pur/White, Black, Pur

    IMG_20170819_131918.jpg IMG_20170819_131931.jpg

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    Also, I've reloaded my OS since this project and didn't bother to save my downloads folder as I didn't need anything in there (project being complete and all). But there is an image of it on the OP. I do remember seeing many that were really close. Perhaps one of those matches the wiring you have. I'll see if I can find the actual paper I printed, but i think I tossed it.

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    Thanks, Rick. I give up on this one. For anyone else, make sure to buy the switch with the exact colors Rick mentions. Otherwise you are looking at wasting hours.
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