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How to Install Replace Side Mirrors on any Car Truck SUV

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Created on: 2016-12-07

Watch this video to learn how to fix a broken or loose side view mirror. The experts at 1A Auto show you how to replace the mirrors on your car, truck, van, or SUV.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Door Panel
    • Pry off the sail panel
    • If the connector is behind the door panel, continue this step
    • Find any hidden hardware behind the pop-off covers
    • Remove any screws on the bottom of the panel
    • Pry out the door panel with a door panel clip tool or putty knife
    • Lift the door panel up and off
    • Disconnect any wiring harnesses
  2. step 2 :Removing the Mirror
    • Disconnect the mirror switch wiring harness
    • Remove any hardware from the mirror
    • Remove the mirror
  3. step 3 :Installing the Mirror
    • Insert the connector through the door
    • Insert the mirror into place
    • Tighten the hardware to the mirror
  4. step 4 :Installing the Door Panel
    • Connect any electrical harnesses
    • Insert the door panel into place
    • Press in the door panel clips
    • Tighten any screws to the door panel
    • Replace any trim pieces
    • Press on the sail panel

Tools needed

  • Socket Extensions

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

    7mm Socket

    Door Panel Removal Tool


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In this video, we are going to give you a general overview of how to replace a side view mirror. While this vehicle may not be identical to yours, the steps and procedures will be very similar, if not the same, throughout a wide variety of makes and models.

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Remove the sail panel at the top of the door panel by pulling back and out. Expose this little rubber cover here, and we can see that we have all of our hardware exposed. Now if this were a manual mirror, which some vehicles come with, or the connector was up behind this panel and could be removed without taking the whole door panel off, you could change the mirror that way.

However, on this mirror and many others, we are going to have to remove the door panel in order to change this out. When removing a door panel, there are a variety of ways in which they are attached as well as a variety of ways in which the hardware is hidden so it's not visible from inside the vehicle. The best thing to do is to look around and notice any pop-off covers like we have here inside of our door handle.

These two are a little more obvious on the actual panel, and to feel around under door handles and the bottom of doors to find any other openings. We have two under here. You can feel two screws along the bottom of the panel. Now that we know where these are, we'll take a set of our trim removal tools from 1AAuto.com and remove these concealers to access the hardware behind them.

Usually these little flaps behind the interior door handles are on a hinge, so you'll want to find the portion with the notch. Pop that open. Now that we've got our covers off, we can see that all of our hardware, our Phillips head screws fortunately. Door panels usually use the same hardware throughout. Some vehicles use seven or eight millimeter screws. Some use Phillips, torques, but generally they stay the same throughout the entire panel. So we'll remove all of our screws with a Phillips head screwdriver.

Once all of our hardware is out, we'll want to check any plastic panels to see if they are removable. In this case, we can see that this isn't attached very well, so we'll try to work up the edges. Pops out. We'll remove it and release any electrical connectors we find. Now, panels are normally removed in one of two ways. Once you've taken all the hardware and trim out, they either lift up, which is easy to check. But if they don't come out when lifting up, you will want to use one of your trim pry tools to feel underneath the door for clips, which we can then pop out and remove.

This particular door handle is fixed to the door itself, where others are part of the actual door panel, in which case, you'll have to remove the latch cable or latch rod before removing the door panel. We'll also have to follow the wiring down and remove the electrical connector before removing our hardware. Be sure to support the mirror on the other side of the door before removing the last bolt or nut so the mirror doesn't fall. Once the bolts are out, you can remove the mirror from your door.

Send the connector for the new mirror through the door. Line up your bolts. Set them in, and start all of your hardware. Tighten all your hardware down. Reconnect your electrical connector, and you're ready to reinstall your door panel.

Send any electrical harnesses back through the openings they came from. Hook the top of the panel back into the window frame, or you'll be sliding the entire panel down if it was a lift-out style. This one snaps in, so once we get it lined up, just tap it back into place, and reinstall any hardware you removed. We'll also want to install any switches or panels we removed in the process. Reinstall your sail panel, and you're good to go.

Thanks for watching. Visit us at 1AAuto.com for quality auto parts, fast and free shipping, and the best customer service in the industry.

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