How to Replace a Side Mirror on a Honda Accord

Updated February 21, 2017

The 1998 through 2002 Honda Accord models have power, folding side mirrors. Mirrors require replacing when they shatter, fold back the wrong way and break, or when the power function quits working. Replacing the side mirrors on a Honda Accord is a job that anybody can do with a few tools and some patience. Save yourself money and the hassle of taking the car to the mechanic by learning to do this simple repair.

Roll the front windows all the way down and open the doors that the side mirrors are attached to. Make sure to turn off the car engine.

Find the black triangular piece in the located in the front corner of the door, next to the side mirror. Cover the flathead screwdriver with the cloth and gently pry back the plastic piece. Pull off the moulding and place it in a safe place.

Remove the rubber insulation present inside the cavity and set it with the moulding. Three nuts, situated on the mirror studs, and the wire harness should now be visible.

Pull on the wire harness to reveal the plug assembly. Press in the clip lock with the flathead screwdriver to unplug the harness.

Remove the three nuts from the mirror studs by using the ratchet, socket and extension. Make sure not to lose any nuts in the door cavity; use the telescopic magnet.

Remove the mirror by prying it off from the outside. The foam rubber insulation sometimes makes it feel stuck, but it will come loose eventually. Be careful not to scratch the car exterior during this process.

Insert the new mirror from the outside by placing the studs through the pre-drilled holes. Carefully place the nuts onto the studs from beneath, without dropping them into the door cavity. Tighten the nuts with the ratchet when they are set in place.

Fit the wire harness back into the mirror plug. Replace the rubber insulation and door moulding. Turn the ignition on to test whether the mirrors are working. Repeat process on other side, if needed.

Things You'll Need

  • Telescopic magnet
  • Used cloth
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Ratchet
  • 3-inch extension
  • 10mm socket
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