How to Remove a Side Mirror From a Celica

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How to Remove a Side Mirror From a Celica
2002 Toyota Celica GT (Rudolf Stricker/commons.wikimedia.org)

The Celica was a sport-compact coupe sold by Toyota Motor Corporation from 1970 to 2005. The model was appreciated by enthusiasts for its good looks and strong reliability record. Removing the side mirrors from your Toyota Celica will allow you to replace them if they have been damaged, saving you a costly trip to the dealer. You don't have to be an expert or a mechanic; removing your side mirror only takes a few minutes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Pliers
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Standard socket wrench

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Pop the hood and disconnect the negative battery cable. Wait 2 to 3 minutes before beginning the procedure.

  2. 2

    Use a flat head screwdriver or trim panel tool to remove the triangular shaped panel on the upper portion of the interior door panel. The triangular panel is directly connected to the side mirror.

  3. 3

    Detach the electrical connection (if equipped with power mirrors). To detach the module, squeeze the tab on the plastic connection and pull to release.

  4. 4

    Use one hand to support the side mirror or have an assistant help. Use the socket wrench to remove the three bolts mounting the side mirror assembly to the door.

  5. 5

    Carefully pull the side mirror assembly and electrical connection from the outside of the door.

Tips and warnings

  • Installation is the reverse of removal. If equipped with power mirrors, make sure you reconnect your electrical connection. If not, your power mirrors will not work.
  • Do not perform this procedure without disconnecting the negative battery cable. Disconnecting the negative battery cable will eliminate the possibility of shock when removing electrical components.

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