How to Replace a Power Mirror in a Jeep Grand Cherokee

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The complex door panel construction makes it a project for an experienced do-it-yourself vehicle owner. However, the project only requires a few basic tools for all model years.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Torx® star-shaped screwdriver
  • Wrench

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Instructions

    Remove the Old Mirror

  1. 1

    Disconnect the negative battery cable before you take off the Grand Cherokee's front door trim panel. Remove all screws and clips.

  2. 2

    Detach the window trim cover screw, and control lever screw before disconnecting the entire mirror trim cover. Remove the rubber cover inside the mirror cover, and disconnect the electrical wire.

  3. 3

    Remove three nuts from the power mirror using a Torx® star-shaped screwdriver.

  4. 4

    Pull out the outside rear view mirror. Guide the power wire through the hole in the door.

    Install the New Mirror

  1. 1

    Replace the old mirror. Put the new power mirror in place. Push the new wiring through the hole in the door.

  2. 2

    Install and tighten the three retaining screws you took off when removing the old mirror.

  3. 3

    Connect the power mirror wiring to the connection located on the door panel. Replace the rubber cover and interior mirror cover.

  4. 4

    Put the front door trim panel back in place by securing all clips and tightening all screws.

  5. 5

    Connect the Subaru Outback's battery cable to restore the power.

Tips and warnings

  • Most vehicle manufacturer warranties, including the Grand Cherokee, are void if you don't hire a certified repair person to replace mirrors and other parts.
  • Reconnect the negative battery cable and test the power mirror before completely tightening down the door trim panel to make sure it works.
  • For safety reasons, it's vital to disconnect the car's battery before starting the power mirror replacement on the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
  • If the outside mirrors are frozen, they must be thawed prior to adjustment. Do not attempt to free-up the mirror by pressing on the glass.

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