How to Replace an Electric Car Mirror

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Most side view mirrors are powered by small electric motors. This is especially true with driver's side mirrors. The mirrors bolt inside the mirror housing and the mirror lens attaches to the front of the motor. Whatever your reasoning for changing your electric car mirror you will find that almost all late model vehicles utilise the same process for attaching the mirrors to the vehicle's door.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Locate the access panel that hides the mirror's wiring harness and mounting nuts. The mirror access panel secures to the inner door panel on the inside of the door, opposite where the mirror attaches to the outside of the door.

  2. 2

    Pull the access panel off the inner door panel by grasping it with your fingers and then by pulling outward on it.

  3. 3

    Pull the wiring harness out of the inner doorframe located directly behind the access panel. Pull the connectors apart. This disconnects the mirror's motor from the electrical system.

  4. 4

    Hold the mirror housing while you remove the three nuts that secure the mirror to the door.

  5. 5

    Pull the mirror off the door. The mirror housing has three studs on the mounting surface that extend through the door. Pull outward on the mirror until the studs are free of the door.

  6. 6

    Slide the studs of the new mirror through the door. Hold it in place while you thread the three nuts onto the threaded posts with your fingers. Tighten the nuts with the socket and ratchet.

  7. 7

    Push the connector from the mirror's motor onto the wiring harness and tuck the harness back into the inner doorframe.

  8. 8

    Place the access panel back onto the inner door panel and push on it to snap it into place.

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