How to Replace a Mercedes' Side-View Mirror

All Mercedes vehicles have side-view mirrors just like any other vehicle. The mirrors stick out from the sides of the car, which makes them a target for small accidents that break the mirror glass. You can easily replace the side-view mirror glass with a few simple tools. Before starting the replacement process, take the time to ensure that you order the correct mirror for your model and year of Mercedes and that you order the driver's side or the passenger's side, since they are not interchangeable.

Remove the screws holding the front frame over the front of the mirror glass housing using a screwdriver. Set the screws aside. Carefully pull the mirror frame away from the rest of the mirror housing.

Put on thick work gloves to protect your fingers. Remove any broken shards of mirror, and throw them away.

Heat the surface of the glass with a heat gun to loosen the glue holding the remainder of the mirror in place. Pry the glass away from the mirror housing with a putty knife.

Apply adhesive remover to the adhesive still present in the mirror housing. Allow the adhesive to sit for about three minutes. This will eat away the remaining glue and make it easy to remove. Wipe the adhesive away with a soft cloth.

Apply a line of silicone adhesive to the mirror housing frame surrounding the interior of the mirror housing. Press the replacement glass inside the frame. Hold the glass against the frame with your hands.

Tape the mirror in place with electrical tape. Wrap the tape around the entire mirror housing several times for stability.

Replace the exterior frame over the mirror glass. Screw the frame into place. Leave the tape around the mirror housing for 24 hours while the glue dries completely. Remove the tape after 24 hours. If necessary, unscrew the top mirror frame to remove all tape pieces.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Work gloves
  • Heat gun
  • Putty knife
  • Soft cloths
  • Mercedes mirror glass
  • Silicone adhesive
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Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.