How to Install Truck Mirror Guards

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Truck mirror guards are useful to protect the delicate surfaces of a truck's mirrors. The most common mirror guard types are designed for trucks that drive off-road a lot...or for 18 wheelers. The mirror guards are a great invention because they allow someone who drives in adverse conditions to not have to worry about the mirrors staying intact. This offers peace of mind to any driver. Installing mirror guards takes a matter of seconds, and they last for quite some time.

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Things you need

  • Truck
  • Mirror guards
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Small hammer

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    Purchase the mirror guard that you want to use. There are generally two kinds of mirror guards-clip on or screw on. After you find out if they make that kind of mirror guard for your truck, you can purchase it. Usually you will have to order it either online or from a catalogue. You could also opt to special order it at an auto parts store. Because the mirror design is so different on many trucks, the auto parts shops cannot stock every design of mirror guard that exists.

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    Look at your mirror guards when they arrive. They will either be a clip on guard, or they will come with screws that attach them to the mirror. Make sure you have the right tools that are necessary to install the kind of mirror guard that you have purchased. It is also a good idea to double check the size of the mirror guard to ensure that you were sent the right guards for your truck.

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    Install the clip on style of truck mirror guards like this: Check to see if the mirror guards are facing the right way. They should protect the mirror, but you should still be able to see into it. Make sure the shape matches the mirror. Insert the tabs into the grooves of the mirror where the guard and mirror align. Push into place. You may need to lightly tap the guard into place with a small hammer.

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    Continue to install the clip-on mirror guards by inserting the tabs into the grooves of the mirror where the guard and mirror align. Push into place. You may need to lightly tap the guard into place with a small hammer.

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    Install mirror guards that attach with screws like this: Take the mirror guards out of the package. These kinds usually come with two sides to the mirror guard. Align the guards with the mirror so that they protect but do not cover the mirror.

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    Continue to install the mirror guards that come with screws by aligning the two holes of the guards. Screw them into place with the screws provided and a small screwdriver. Repeat for any other screws.

Tips and warnings

  • It is best to be gentle when installing the truck mirror guards. You defeat the purpose of having a mirror guard if you break the mirror while installing the guards.
  • Never force the guards when installing them. They can easily snap and break, causing you to have to purchase another set.

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