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How to Replace Mirror 97-03 Chevy Malibu

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How to Replace Mirror 97-03 Chevy Malibu

Created on: 2021-01-16

How to repair, install, fix, change or replace a broken, smashed, cracked, or shattered rear side view mirror on Chevy Malibu, years 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, and 03.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Door Panel
    • Using an 8mm wrench disconnect the negative battery cable.
    • Pry the small panel behind the door pull handle out.
    • Pry up the switch panel and disconnect the harnesses.
    • Remove the triangle panel at the top of the door panel.
    • Remove the Phillips screw behind the door handle.
    • Remove the two 7mm bolts behind the door pull handle.
    • Pull out the bezel behind the door handle. Disconnect the harness.
    • Pry out around the door panel to free the clips and pull the door panel free.
  2. step 2 :Removing the Side Mirror
    • Pull the top inside corner of the water shield down.
    • Disconnect the mirror harness.
    • Remove the foam covering the mirror studs.
    • Remove the three 10mm nuts that secure the mirror.
    • Pull the mirror out of the door.
  3. step 3 :Replacing the Side Mirror
    • Run the harness down through the door.
    • Line up the mirror and push it into place.
    • Replace the three 10mm nuts.
    • Replace the foam insert.
    • Connect the mirror harness.
    • Put the water shield back in place.
  4. step 4 :Replacing the Door Panel
    • Line up the door panel and run the harness through the panel.
    • Put the panel down into the door and push into place.
    • Hit around the panel to activate the clips.
    • Reconnect the bezel and place it back in behind the door handle.
    • Replace the two 7mm bolts in the door panel.
    • Replace the Phillips screw behind the door handle.
    • Push the triangle panel back into place.
    • Reconnect the harnesses in the switch panel and push the panel down into place.
    • Replace the small panel behind the door pull handle.
    • Reconnect the negative battery cable.

Tools needed for replacement

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions

    Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    7mm Socket

    10mm Socket

  • Wrenches - Metric

    8mm Wrench

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Hi, I'm Mike Green. I'm one of the owners of 1A Auto. I want to help you save time and money repairing and maintaining your vehicle. I'm going to use my 20 plus years experience restoring and repairing cars and trucks like this to show you the correct way to install parts from 1AAuto.com. The right parts installed correctly. That's going to save you time and money. Thank you and enjoy the video.

In this video, we're going to show you how to replace an outside rear view mirror on this 2001 Chevy Malibu, same as any '97 to '03 Malibu. Tools you'll need are pretty basic, flat blade screwdriver; Phillips screwdriver; and 7mm and 10mm sockets with a ratchet and extension.

With your 8mm wrench, disconnect your negative battery cable. This is more just to protect your battery from running down while you have the door open.

We're going to fast forward to removing the door panel. If you want to see this in regular speed, you just check out our other videos, but it's probably enough here to figure out. Remove the switch, unplug it, remove the bezel around the door handle, a couple other bezels and pull the door panel off.

For the rear view mirror, pull this down just a little bit. You can see here's your lead right here. You just pull up on a little tab and pull that out. Up here is your mirror itself. See, it's held in by three 10mm bolts. Pull that tab back, disconnect the lead. 10mm socket on a ratchet extension. The studs are kind of long so you actually have to kind of disconnect your socket a little bit. Get it on there, start them.

Mirror comes off. Here's our original mirror, new mirror from 1A Auto, nice high quality. It's going to bolt on there correctly. You can see on this vehicle the original mirror was black, so replacing it with a black, plastic mirror is fine. If your mirror matches the color of your vehicle and you want to do that, basically what you can do is go to an automotive parts store with a paint department. They can get your paint code, they can help you find your paint code for your vehicle, mix you up some paint to match and put into an air-charged can and you can re-spray the mirror yourself to match.

Beyond that, it's going to go right in, feed the lead in. sort of pinch, stand up, looks like your studs are going through, tighten it, carefully start these nuts. You do want to reuse the original, I've got one started. The lead comes down, in place, put that back.

Like in the beginning, we're going to fast forward to putting the door panel on. Make sure you pull those harnesses through and then everything kind of goes back in reverse order. In addition to this, just make sure you reconnect your negative battery cable and you'll be all set to go.

If you want to see replacing this door panel in regular speed, just check out our other videos.

We hope this helps you out. Brought to you by www.1AAuto.com, your source for quality replacement parts and the best service on the Internet. Please feel free to call us toll free 888-844-3393. We're the company that's here for you on the Internet and in person.

Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 7mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 8mm Wrench

1997 - 2003  Chevrolet  Malibu
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