How to Replace a Ford Ranger Mirror

Written by jeffrey caldwell
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A Ford Ranger pickup utilises three mirrors to help the driver see vehicles operating behind him. If your mirrors are broken or the glass is hazy, replacing the mirrors can greatly increase the safety of your vehicle. In addition, sometimes the rear view mirror glued to the windshield may fall off and need to be reattached. If any of your vehicle's mirrors are damaged, you should fix them as soon as possible.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Dish soap
  • Replacement side view mirror gasket
  • Torx head screwdriver
  • Masking tape
  • Razor blade
  • Rear view mirror mount

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Instructions

    Side View Mirrors

  1. 1

    Remove the screw that secures the side view mirror to the door using a Phillips head screwdriver.

  2. 2

    Lift the mirror away from the door with your hand.

  3. 3

    Discard the gasket that was between the mirror and the door.

  4. 4

    Clean both the mirror mounting surface and the mounting area on the door with dish soap and water, then allow to air dry.

  5. 5

    Place a new gasket over the mounting surface on the door.

  6. 6

    Place the new mirror into position on the door.

  7. 7

    Reattach the screw that secures the side view mirror to the door using a Phillips head screwdriver.

    Rear View Mirror

  1. 1

    Remove the screw at the base of the mirror that secures the rear view mirror to the steel base plate using a Torx head screwdriver.

  2. 2

    Lift the mirror straight up to remove it from the windshield.

  3. 3

    Slide the new mirror onto the base plate.

  4. 4

    Reattach the screw that secures the mirror to the base plate using a Torx head screwdriver.

    Remounting the Rear View Mirror Base Plate

  1. 1

    Loosen the set screw at the base of the rear view mirror using a Torx head screwdriver.

  2. 2

    Pull the steel base plate from the mirror.

  3. 3

    Place a piece of masking tape above the glue mark left after the steel base plate separated from the glass.

  4. 4

    Clean the glue from both the windshield and the base plate using a razor blade.

  5. 5

    Apply the glue from the rear view mirror mounting kit to the steel plate.

  6. 6

    Press the base plate onto the windshield, just below the tape mark.

  7. 7

    Hold the base plate in position for 10 to 15 minutes with your hand or a piece of masking tape.

  8. 8

    Wait two to three hours before reinstalling the rear view mirror.

Tips and warnings

  • Auto salvage yards are a good place to find auto mirrors.
  • Take special precautions if your mirrors are broken. Wear gloves and eye protection while removing them.

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